In the Early Stages of Coronavirus Disease-2019: What It is, What Precautions to Take, and Why Social Distancing is Necessary.
Practice social solidarity at the same time. Illness while living alone is a major public health problem for all adults. If you live alone, connect with others via phone or social media messaging
specifically to let them know you are all right or if you need help, and that they can contact you if they need assistance as well. Conversely, reach out to those who live alone, of all ages but particularly those who are elderly, who are at greater risk.
This will include stress and trauma from loss of income due to closures of businesses, inability to access healthcare outside of an emergency room by those who are uninsured, and other socio-economic issues related to health and well-being.
One-quarter of Americans do not have paid sick leave. Many employees of large institutions and corporations do not qualify for employee-sponsored health insurance as their hours are often capped by their employer.
Outside of testing, there is no way to differentiate if a person has COVID-19 or the flu. Both COVID-19 and flu present much like the common cold, but have a more sudden onset and develop more severely. All of these infectious diseases include symptoms of coughing, sneezing, sore throat, chills, fever, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. Other symptoms, which occur mainly in children, include vomiting and diarrhea. Shortness of breath is an important indicator of COVID-19, as it is rarely present in cases of flu.
Public Health Open J. 2020; 5(2): 20-21. doi: 10.17140/PHOJ-5-142