More Advice Re COVID

by MVUC Member Dr. Daniel L. Cohen

More Advice Regarding COVID:

Last week I provided a synopsis of the latest CDC guidance on self-management of respiratory illnesses, especially COVID (see https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/prevention/precautions-when-sick.html for full details).  Recently, a church member asked me what they should do if they have come down with COVID and have also been in close contact with friends or acquaintances, even for only brief periods of time.  Well, the answer is quite simple.  Tell your friends and acquaintances as soon as possible (text, email, phone call, person to person conversation). 

We are all morally obliged to share information that may adversely affect the lives of others.  We should take care of each other.  Though COVID is now generally a milder infection in most individuals, the hospitalization rate is still higher than we desire, and we should not be complacent about this.  This advice also applies to other respiratory infections, especially those that may cause serious illnesses in older individuals or those with higher risk medical conditions such as Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection. 

Individuals exposed to others with COVID should consider testing several times during the 14-day incubation period, and certainly do so promptly if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID.

Be Safe and Keep others Safe Also,

Daniel L. Cohen MD