Is COVID-19 Really Still a Threat?
The answer is yes. While stay at home orders have been lifted and businesses have reopened, COVID-19 remains a real and present threat.
In fact, cases of the virus are steadily growing. As of July 1, there have been nearly 2.7 million cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the United States, including nearly 33,000 cases in Colorado alone.
It's still important to take steps to protect yourself and others in our community. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial talks through how to do that.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
COVID-19 is one type of the coronavirus, a group of viruses that lead to upper respiratory infections. It is spread through airborne particles, meaning it can pass from one person to another when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even breathes.
This transmission can happen regardless of whether a person has symptoms. Research has shown that those are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic can still spread the virus just as much as those who have symptoms.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
How Does Social Distancing Help?
We mentioned above that COVID-19 spreads through airborne particles that are expelled by an infected person. Social distancing helps limit the risk of virus transmission by putting physical space between those who are infected and those who are not.
Still don't quite understand social distancing? Think of it as physical distancing instead, and focus on maintaining at least six feet of space between yourself and others outside your home. That's about the height of your refrigerator, if you're trying to visualize.
Other Ways to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds at a time.
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces and objects often.
- Limit time spent outside the home as much as possible.
- If age 2 or older, wear a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose when around others.
- Avoid contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms.
- Don't touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Avoid large gatherings or crowds.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, we are offering COVID-19 testing at our urgent care center. Visit the AFC Urgent Care Centennial website to learn more or to schedule a testing appointment.