What You Must Know About The Coronavirus
All eyes are on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which began in Wuhan, China, and rapidly developed into a worldwide pandemic. As the news continues to highlight more cases, we understand you are likely seeking out preventative methods and updated information to keep you and your family safe.
Our pharmacists’ top priority is your health. Although the risk of contracting the disease remains relatively small in the US, we recommend following the CDC’s guidelines to reduce risk, as well as following updates released by the World Health Organization (WHO).
How It’s Transmitted
Just like the common cold or flu, COVID-19 is spread through close contact with an infected individual, respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs, and touching your face after touching germ-infested surfaces without washing your hands.
Who’s at Risk
Although everyone is at risk of the disease, the elderly and those with serious chronic medical conditions have been observed to be more seriously affected. Because this is a respiratory virus that spreads with close contact, primary immune deficiency patients are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, according to the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), although current data does not yet indicate the severity of the disease’s effects in these patients. If you fall under any of these categories, it is best to avoid crowded areas where people may be sick. Monitor your location closely to see if there are any cases in your area and remain diligent about washing your hands.
Novel Coronavirus Symptoms
COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe, and some patients may not show symptoms at all. The top 3 symptoms to watch out for are shortness of breath, fever, and cough, which may appear anywhere between 2-14 days after being exposed to the disease.
Novel Coronavirus vs. Regular Coronavirus (the Common Flu)
Experts say that a defining symptom of the flu is body aches, while the common cold is accompanied by a runny nose and congestion. As of now, there is no known cure or vaccine for COVID-19, though a great number of patients do recover.
Please contact a trusted physician if you or a loved one are showing signs of COVID-19 so that they can send specimens to a laboratory for testing. This can involve a nose or throat swab test, nasal or tracheal aspirate, or a sputum or blood sample to conclude that it is COVID-19.
Everyday Preventative Measures
Here are the CDC’s recommendations to prevent the spread of the disease:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Remember to also wash your hands before eating.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and dispose properly.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Coronavirus’ Effect on Immunoglobulin (Ig)
If you receive regular Ig treatments, you can rest easy knowing that there are no threats to the safety of your therapy. In a recent statement, The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) has stated that “based on strict screening procedures for plasma donors and the established processes of virus inactivation and removal during manufacturing of plasma-derived products, PPTA concludes that the [Coronavirus] is not a concern,” meaning that Ig is safely manufactured and does not pose a risk for transmitting the virus.
If you have any concerns about your treatment, you can reach one of our specialists at (877) 778-0318. We’re available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about your regimen.