Special COVID-19 Notice from Veterans Healthcare System

Got this today from the VA.  I am impressed that under POTUS Trump, the various national agencies are doing “CROSS-TALK” among each other and working in harmony to fight COVID-19 as much as possible.  I have never seen so much ‘inter-agency’ cooperation on a national scale as this that I can remember.

Probably a good idea NOT TO TRAVEL, and STAY AT HOME if you can.  Especially if you are a senior citizen – 65 or older.  But I have seen quite a few fatalities of men and women in their 20’s falling over dead in public all over Asia, and now happening in Italy and Iran.  COVID-19 is an ‘equal opportunity’ global killer.  If this were the ‘common flu’ then why is the entire world in PANIC MODE?

The symptoms are THE *EXACT SAME SYMPTOMS* as the common flu.  19,000 people in the US have died from the flu this flu season, so the comparison between COVID-19 and the common flu should be noted.  The common flu will kill far more than COVID-19, at least as far as we know, since the death toll from COVID-19 won’t be known on a global scale for at least another year.

Flu Season: Up to 19,000 People Have Died; Vaccine Protecting About Half Who Get It – > https://weather.com/health/cold-flu/news/2019-02-15-flu-season-vaccine-illnesses-deaths

Also, there is no antivirus for the COVID-19 yet, which will take months to incubate, test, and deploy.  The common flu antivirus is developed from the most common strain of flu virus from the PREVIOUS year, and is about 50% effective for those who do get the Flu Shot.  Either your own personal immune system can’t defeat it, or not.  If you are prone to any type of congestive lung or breathing disorders on a normal basis, you must take extra precautions.

High Consequence Infections

Be informed and call your provider if symptoms develop

Talk of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is everywhere. Here’s what you should know and do to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

Know the symptoms

COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in humans, usually 2–14 days after exposure. Illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is thought to spread mainly from close contact with an affected person. It spreads in the air, like flu, through droplets from sneezes and coughs. The droplets can stay suspended in the air for some time and can land on surfaces that are touched by others.

Understand your risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers COVID-19 to be a serious public health threat, but individual risk is dependent on exposure. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk of COVID-19 is low.

Keep an eye on coronavirus, but remember the flu

Symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath also happen to be symptoms of the common cold and flu. This year, at least 29 million flu cases have been reported with 280,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths from flu. Flu activity most commonly peaks between December and February and can last until May.

What’s important to remember is that anyone can get the flu. But you are more likely to become infected if you:

  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Have frequent, close contact with young children
  • Work in a health care setting where you may be exposed to flu germs
  • Live or work with someone who has the flu
  • Haven’t received an annual flu shot

Take precautions to guard against infection

  • Get a flu shot
  • Keep your hands clean by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Stay home and away from others when sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues or your arm/sleeve. Dispose of tissues in the trash.
  • Keep surfaces clean using disinfecting wipes
  • Check the CDC advisories prior to planning travel

Stay home and phone

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call your local VA medical center and select the option to speak to a nurse before visiting the facility. Tell them about your symptoms and any recent travel.

In addition to calling first, consider using VA’s telehealth and virtual care options. VA’s telehealth providers can evaluate your symptoms and provide a diagnosis and comprehensive care, so you do not have to leave your home or office.

Get VA’s latest updates on COVID-19: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/index.asp

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