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Riley McCabe

Riley has a background in international affairs and enjoys writing about health and public policy subjects. He hopes his work will provide readers with the tools to live happily.

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October 28, 2020 Read Time - 5 minutes

*NOTE: Due to a lack of scientific data at this time, PlushCare physicians do not prescribe ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, or azithromycin/other antibiotics to treat COVID-19.

Coronavirus Tips

As we enter the fall of 2020, the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences.

In the United States alone, there have been more than 9.1 million cases as a result of the virus. Much of the country is still under orders to quarantine, however many states and counties are beginning to implement plans to reopen.

The future of the pandemic still hinges upon the cumulative actions of our nation’s individuals. The power to protect public health is a responsibility we all share, and even as we grow weary of quarantine, it is necessary to remember proper safety tips for the coronavirus.

Below we’ve compiled some of the best ways to protect your own health and the health of those around you.

Related: COVID-19 Mental Health Center

Top Coronavirus Tips

Some of these tips you will have heard before. However, as the warm weather rolls in and the months of quarantine continue, it can never hurt to revisit some of the basic safety advice for this unprecedented time. 

Keep a safe distance

Social distancing is critical to preserving the safety of yourself and others.

“Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.” Putting distance between yourself and others is a great way to avoid contact with the droplets produced by speech, coughing and sneezing that carry the virus.”


Wash your hands often

You are not truly infected with the coronavirus until it has entered your body.

The only way for it to do that is through the mucus membranes in your eyes, mouth, and nose. That’s why washing your hands frequently and properly is so important. Even when you come into contact with an infected person or surface, if you avoid delivering the virus into your body before washing your hands, you can avoid infection.

Always wash your hands before you eat and whenever you return from a location that is not your quarantine spot.

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Cover when you cough

It’s something we teach every kid: cough into your elbow. This one simple trick greatly reduces the spread of germs by preventing droplets from your mouth from flying across the room. By reducing the number of droplets on surfaces and in the air, other people are less likely to contract the virus from your coughing. 

Sick? Call ahead

If you believe you are experiencing severe symptoms of the coronavirus, seek medical help immediately.

If you are unsure of your symptoms but don’t feel well, call your doctor’s office to set up an appointment. Calling ahead of time will allow your doctor to prepare necessary safety measures that protect their health and others at the hospital.

You can book an appointment with an online doctor for a virtual screening here. The doctor will asses your health, answer any questions, and recommend next steps, including testing and isolation measures, if necessary. 

Stay home as much as you can

The simple truth is that one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of the coronavirus is to stay at home.

If you have tested positive or if you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, you must quarantine in isolation from all others.

Quarantine is one the most effective ways to fight the coronavirus, studies continue to show that many people who carry the virus are asymptomatic. That means that even without symptoms, it may be dangerous for you to come into contact with others

Read: How to Stay Sane In Quarantine

Coronavirus FAQ

Below we’ve answered some of the most common questions about the coronavirus. Take a look to learn more.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Coronavirus?

The WHO has found that people with mild symptoms usually recover from coronavirus within two weeks. For those with severe symptoms or those who require hospitalization, the recovery time is usually between three to six weeks.

Can you recover from the coronavirus disease?

Yes, you can recover from the coronavirus disease. Though it can be hard and much more dangerous for those with respiratory issues, immune diseases, and the elderly. 

What happens when you get the coronavirus disease and who is most at risk for the coronavirus disease?

The coronavirus affects people differently however, those over 65 are most at risk. Symptoms most commonly appear within two to fourteen days and include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces and can you contract the coronavirus disease from a package in the mail?

Coronaviruses naturally die on surfaces within hours to days. Warmer temperatures and exposure to sunlight reduce the lifespan of the virus. Be sure to clean frequently touched surfaces in your household. Read more here.

Which are the first symptoms of the coronavirus disease and is headache a symptom of the coronavirus disease?

There is no particular symptom that appears first, however, the most common include fever, shortness of breath, and cough. A headache is a symptom of the virus however, having only a headache is no reason to panic as they are brought about for a number of reasons.

Are masks effective against the coronavirus disease?

Yes! Masks greatly reduce the spread of germs from your mouth as you speak and breath throughout your day. Wearing a mask is critical to protecting the health of those around you.

Is there a vaccine for coronavirus?

Not yet, but many companies and governments are pouring funding into testing for vaccines and treatments. Read our article on vaccines development here and keep your eye on the news for major developments in medicine over the next few days, months, and even years. Read, What is Remdesivir?

Can I Get Tested For COVID-19 At-Home?

Yes, you can have a coronavirus test overnighted to your door. Just make an appointment with a PlushCare doctor and they will place the lab order to have your testing kit shipped. You can collect your sample, ship it back to the lab, and get your results in 2-4 days. Learn more about COVID-19 at-home testing here.

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  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.


How PlushCare Can Help You Stay Healthy

At PlushCare your health has always been our top priority. We offer virtual appointments with the best online doctors in the country.

Our doctors have an average of 15 years experience and are highly trained to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions online. If you need to see a doctor but don’t want to risk exposing yourself to the virus, book an online appointment and our online doctors will take care of you.

Read More About The Coronavirus

Sources Social Distancing. Accessed on June 18, 2020. Coronavirus Disease 2019. Accessed on June 18, 2020. Updates on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19). Accessed on June 18, 2020.

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