Too Healthy for Coronavirus? 3 Quick Questions

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As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), some individuals continue to balk at restrictions and guidelines designed to limit human interaction and disease transmission. Think you’re too healthy to be affected by COVID-19? Think again.

I’m not sick. Why should I be concerned?

Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and infected may not have recognizable symptoms of the disease. Although they feel well, these individuals may unknowingly contribute to the spread of the disease through contact with others. Therefore, it’s critical that everyone adhere to CDC and State of Michigan guidelines regarding COVID-19, including social distancing. COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease and not limited to a particular age group or ethnicity. Anyone can contract this potentially deadly virus.

How does social distancing help slow the spread of COVID-19?

The ways in which COVID-19 is spread are not completely understood, but we do know that person-to-person transmission is reduced if people limit contact with others. The State of Michigan is under executive orders that have closed restaurants and bars, and prohibited large gatherings. It is critical that everyone take these restrictions seriously to minimize risk of contracting COVID-19 or transmitting it to others.

What happens if a relatively healthy person contracts COVID-19?

As of March 20, 2020, more than 80,000 people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, most of whom were relatively healthy prior to contracting the disease. However, you should know that being relatively healthy prior to contracting COVID-19 does not guarantee full recovery from the disease, as deaths have occurred in otherwise healthy individuals. Healthy individuals who suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with the disease should follow CDC recommendations and/or physician orders. These typically include self-isolating at home, getting rest and staying hydrated. Treating fever with acetaminophen is generally recommended. If symptoms become severe, including uncontrolled fever, increasing cough or shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider.