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#BeatTheVirus science messaging guided by our Science advisory council, led by Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Former US Assistant Surgeon General and Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Susan Blumenthal
Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (ret) and Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine
Dr. Joshua Sharfstein
Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Aviva Must
Dean, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs; Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Knowledge is powerful
Our experts have distilled trusted information about COVID-19 into these ten actions everyone can take to help slow the virus’ spread and limit its impact.
What to do if you feel sick
COVID-19 disease is caused by a new coronavirus that has emerged. Some people infected with this coronavirus may not have any symptoms, but when they do symptoms can range from mild to moderate. You should seek care immediately if you experience any of these emergency warning signs (not exhaustive):
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent chest pain/pressure
- New confusion, inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have coronavirus, call ahead before seeking medical attention. Telehealth services may be available with healthcare providers. Always call 911 if you have a medical emergency.
Look to the CDC for the latest recommendations about responding to COVID-19. You can also visit the Self-Checker on the CDC website to help you determine if you might need medical attention.
Stop the spread
COVID-19 is highly contagious, and current estimates suggest that every person with coronavirus infects 2 to 3 other people. Be sure to practice social distancing; doing this will help prevent the spread of the virus to others. If someone in your household has coronavirus and is being cared for at home, it is very important that the entire household stays home even if not sick.
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Commit to social distancing
Our best chance of beating the virus is if we practice social distancing – stay home whenever possible, isolate when sick, and keep 6 feet apart from people if you need to leave your house. Also, be sure to follow specific state and local guidelines for travel and other restrictions.
Leaving the house
If you must leave, keep 6 feet apart from people in stores, in lines, and even while outside. Wear a mask in these settings.
Looking to socialize?
Avoid in-person gatherings of any size; try getting the gang together for virtual hang-outs.
Try getting groceries and meals delivered from your local stores and restaurants. Make sure to disinfect surfaces and items received from outside.
Remember, seniors and people with serious health conditions are most at risk and should stay home and away from others as much as possible.
Boosting mental health
It's normal to feel sad, anxious, confused, scared, or angry during a crisis. That's why social support is critical during these stressful times.
Use social media to stay connected with your family, friends, and the rest of the world.
Reduce anxiety by doing things to help you de-stress, like listening to music, reading, yoga, and other activities you enjoy. Limit your exposure to any media coverage that could trigger anxiety.
If you feel overwhelmed, consider virtually talking with a counselor or healthcare provider.