Everyone is deeply concerned about the novel coronavirus which has created a worldwide pandemic. The disease is shutting down most of the world. Our clients should know that our firm is keeping current with the latest health information and governmental requirements.
We are working to advise our clients about the efforts of Plattner Verderame, P.C. to address the health issues as they relate to our client’s cases.
Recent information from the World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is offering a wealth of information, but we wanted to highlight some of their answers to more frequently asked questions.
“What are the symptoms of COVID-109?”
COVID-19 presents a lot like a respiratory infection: fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and in some cases, difficulty breathing. WHO reports that 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 will become seriously ill, so fi you think you have symptoms, you should self-isolate, stay hydrated, and talk to your doctor about being tested.
“What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water aren’t available.
- Stay between 3 and 6 feet away from other people, if you’re not self-quarantining.
- Avoid touching your face, especially if you’ve been in areas which may be less sanitized.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
“Should I wear a mask to protect myself?”
Not if you don’t have the virus. It is really important to ensure that the country has enough medical-grade masks available for patients, doctors, nurses, EMTs and caretakers.
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How can I get tested for COVID-19 in Arizona?
You cannot just simply request a test because you don’t feel well; there aren’t enough to go around yet. If you seek medical advice and you meet the criteria for a test, a specimen will then be sent to a lab, and your results should come back within 24 hours. You can call the Arizona Department of Health at 1-844-542-8201 if you have questions.
How to prepare for “social distancing” and self-quarantine
Social distancing can help prevent the spread of the disease. It’s a simple premise: avoid large crowds, and keep a safe distance between you and other people when you need ot be in the same space, like a doctor’s office. Harvard Medical School also recommends the following:
- Keep your immune system strong by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and taking a multivitamin
- Try to keep at least a 30-day supply of any prescription medications in your home
- Stock up about 2-4 weeks’ worth of necessities: canned and dry goods, shelf-stable milk and juices, pet food, tissues and garbage bags, etc.
- Household supplies like detergent and cleaners
If you are worried about food security, the Arizona Food Bank Network has information about food pantries and home meal services in Phoenix. You can find a full list here.
Remember that isolation and stress come with their own health risks
Isolation can do tricky things to people. But just because you can’t physically be with the ones you love, doesn’t mean you have to be alone. Rather than visiting elderly parents or grandparents in person, schedule video chats through programs like FaceTime, or even conference programs like Zoom. If you don’t have video conferencing, you can call, text, or email the people you love, too, just so they know you’re thinking of them.
You should also take care of yourself, and pay attention to your stress levels. If you feel depressed or anxious, you could schedule a video conference with your therapist. You could also spend time in the sunshine walking your dog, or take a virtual field trip to the Grand Canyon or ancient Earth through the portal at Arizona State University.
We want you to be safe. Plattner Verderame, P.C. understands how dangerous and deadly the coronavirus is. If you have any questions about how we are handling cases during this difficult time, please call us at 602.783.8793 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment.