A new pandemic is sweeping the world of healthcare, claiming lives and wasting resources on unnecessary costs that could be used to treat people in need of vital care. This plague calls itself COVID-19, also known as Comprehensive V vigilance Initiative in Viral E volution-19. What makes COVID-19 so dangerous?
New microbe, new crisis. Health care waste management companies and governments have been working together for years to fight off a range of infectious diseases like SARS and H1N1. But with some 10,000 drug-resistant infections being reported annually, it’s clear that we can’t just stop at protecting ourselves from viruses; we also need to protect ourselves from microbes like COVID-19. A side effect of our overuse (and misuse) of antibiotics means that today we face an even bigger threat than ever before: killer bacteria. With thousands of humans dying each year, it’s no wonder that experts are now saying COVID-19 poses an almost existential threat to humanity as a whole.
Is COVID-19 making our hospitals less safe? Are you worried about COVID-19? If so, know that you are not alone. Studies have shown that a large portion of doctors and nurses believe that COVID-19 has affected patient care, whether through misdiagnosis or improper training. What’s more, when it comes to preventing further spread, many people still don’t understand what makes for effective prevention. Our goal at SCOPE is to increase understanding about not only what causes and spreads COVID-19 but also how to effectively prevent it from spreading further.
Preventing the Spread of Covid-19
The best way to prevent contracting COVID-19 is through vaccination, which has already been made available for general use. If you haven’t already gotten a vaccine, it’s likely that your primary care physician or local medical professional will have some available. These vaccines are completely free and offer 100% effectiveness against infection from COVID-19. So remember to get vaccinated if you want to protect yourself from Covid-19!
Guidelines for Prevention
In light of COVID-19, health organizations around the globe are imploring their citizens to implement preventive measures. It is estimated that 80% of all COVID cases originate from hospitals and laboratories, due to exposure to contaminated medical supplies. To lower risk levels associated with exposure to COVID, medical experts recommend that citizens do not visit a hospital unless absolutely necessary; they also urge citizens to wear protective gear while visiting them (including gloves, masks, and other forms of respiratory protection). Citizens are urged to avoid human contact as much as possible; when touching or cleaning items potentially contaminated by another person, use hand sanitiser.
How to Avoid Being Infected by Covid-19
Despite efforts to control COVID-19, health care providers have little control over transmission; however, with a few simple practices you can avoid exposure to COVID-19 and take an active role in fighting off infection. First and foremost, report any signs or symptoms you experience during your routine checkups at your local doctor’s office. If you don’t have access to a primary physician, head straight for an emergency room as soon as possible. Next, if anyone around you starts exhibiting symptoms that could indicate they’re infected with COVID-19 (sore throat or fever being among them), stay away until they’ve been given a clean bill of health by their physician.