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Expert discusses how COVID-19 is monitored

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When someone is infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, they may feel different ways. Some people are completely asymptomatic while others have symptoms and some may even get seriously ill. Many people with symptoms have a fever, chills, sweats, body aches, and feels like they have the flu.

Depending on the severity of symptoms, some patients with COVID-19 experience difficulty breathing and need hospital assistance with breathing or blood pressure monitoring.

Dr. Stacey Rizza, an infectious disease expert at Mayo Clinic, answers some questions about how someone with COVID-19 can monitor their health at home and when to seek more care in a hospital.

"People should maintain isolation so they don't infect others and then just monitor their overall health. When someone is still able to breathe comfortably, when they can still eat or at least drink enough to maintain their hydration and nutrition , and they can still get up and mobilize and do their normal activities, then stay home and ride the disease from the comfort of their own home.

"But if it gets to a point where they have difficulty breathing, or are unable to drink and maintain their hydration, or eat enough to feed themselves, they should come to the hospital setting and be monitored or assessed, whether they need this. " more intensive medical care, "says Dr. Rizza.

How to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19

To drastically reduce the amount of SARS-CoV-2 that is spread from person to person and in communities, Dr. Rizza to follow the four protections.

"It's the four layers of protection that can help prevent spread through others: universal masking when people are in public places or outside in conjugate areas.

"Social distancing, which means we stay at least 6 feet away from other people because we know these droplets can be up to 6 feet tall. If everyone stays at least 6 feet apart, no droplets can land on them."

"Disinfecting high-contact surfaces that are places that many people would touch in public, such as doorknobs, sink taps, handrails, and places that many people will touch.

"And then hand hygiene is very important. If people wash their hands when they come from a public place, wash their hands before taking off their mask, then no matter what they touched before taking their mask off, their hands will be clean and have the potential to touch their own face. These four measures are very important and effective in preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, "says Dr. Rizza.

"We appreciate how everyone is following these measures. There are no more front workers. Every person on planet earth is the front. Every person on planet earth has the ability to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 by she is following these measures and We just thank everyone for that and encourage you to keep going. "

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