Social Distancing (3/14/2020)
This week has certainly been an unprecedented one. In Illinois, schools will be closed for the next two weeks, some businesses are implementing telework options, and ALL individuals are encouraged to start practicing social distancing.
While the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States may seem low at this point, and the response overblown, this is NOT an over-reaction.
We hear stories of what is happening in Italy and Spain. There are now thousands of new cases that are being reported in a SINGLE day. This will be the United States within the next 2-3 weeks. The lack of proper testing in the US during the last two weeks has exacerbated this issue.
Which makes action right now CRITICAL.
You may have heard of something called “flattening the curve”. Our healthcare providers have a certain capacity that they can handle. If we continue to crowd together and spread the virus, our hospitals and healthcare professionals will be overburdened with the patients that will be coming to their facilities. This will increase fatality rates.
Social distancing can help to mitigate this impact. By social distancing, we can extend the number of COVID-19 cases over a longer period of time. Therefore, reducing the burden on our healthcare system.
We have also heard that younger individuals (under 40) will likely experience mild symptoms from COVID-19. However, please keep in mind that if you are a younger individual you are a RESERVOIR for the virus. This means that you could spread viral particles to those who are older or more vulnerable (those with underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes).
For practicing social distancing, follow these tips:
-Stay home if you can
-Only go out for essential reasons (work, getting food, getting medications, etc)
-If you feel sick- STAY HOME and self-isolate for at least 14 days
-Avoid coming in contact with vulnerable individuals if you do not feel well or if you were with someone who was/is sick
Please share with your friends and family.