Even though some of our stores are opening and some residents getting back to work, lots of San Antonio residents are choosing to stay inside and out of harms way until…well, who knows when. Here are just a few ideas on what you can do to make sure that your anxiety does not get the best of you.
Stress management is particularly important for all of us right now. We must take care of ourselves to be able to get through these tough times and that means keeping our stress level down. So, whatever it is you like to do to relax at home, do it. Stay safe San Antonio.
With our stay-at-home ban recently being lifted, San Antonians that are younger (mostly in this age group) will be the ones returning to work and with this group being the largest carriers of Covid-19, what can we expect in the future if symptoms do not show for up to two weeks? Individuals that are in this age group are also the caretakers of our young and old population, so what does this mean for our most vulnerable?
As of May 10, 2020, the statistics say that nearly half of the city’s Covid-19 cases are seen in people that are 40 years old and under. This is an alarming reality because these are our community’s most mobile and active residents. How did we get here San Antonio? Are we already relaxing just a little too much? Now is not the time to slack on hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing. Even though our city is trying to get back to some sort of productive status, we should not view Covid-19 as a mere bad memory. Now is the time to really apply those anti-viral survival skills we have all been learning.
Did you know that most of the under 40-somethings that are infected had no underlying illnesses? It does not matter what area of town you live in, there have been cases seen from all over and we always need to stay actively aware in every place we visit. With all of our city eager to leave our houses and go back to shopping, getting a haircut or a meal at a local restaurant, we must be mindful that with our newfound freedom comes exposure and risk.
Our economy can use a boost from patrons and a visit to somewhere other than our mailbox will do a lot for our moral, but please be responsible when you are out of the house and continue to protect yourself and the community. Take it slow when integrating yourself back into the outside world, and remember San Antonio, keep your distance for your safety.
In our battle with the coronavirus, detection of the virus is key. Up to 30% of the time, the tests results can be incorrect (via swab). It is obvious that getting test results right is important because you can be spreading while you should be self-isolating, especially as some people do not show signs of any illness at all or until they are very ill. This is why Covid SA has two test available.
The swab test works like this…a long flexible cotton swab is guided into the mouth or nasopharynx area and a sample is taken from an in individual. This process is quite comfortable and very brief – takes only a matter of minutes to complete. After the sample is taken, it is sent out to a lab to be tested.
The second way an individual can be tested for Covid-19 is by taking a simple blood sample then sending it away to the lab for testing for antibodies that may be present in the blood. Most patients have detectable antibodies by day 14 after symptoms have started to occur and become more easily able to detect as time goes on.
“When using a single test, the possibility of the test being negative (false negative) is relatively high. Returning an infected person to your workforce could have huge implications for work missed and for those that are self-insured, medical costs. By utilizing two tests, the probability of having an ill employee returning to work is minimized.” – Dr. Megan Williams
As our city slowly gets back to its previous routine, we need to stay as safe as possible to keep moving forward and not lose all the progress we have made together. If you have employees that will be returning to work or if you feel like you need to be tested for Covid-19, please start the process today.
Covid-19 has been in the news for quite some time now and just in case you were interested in knowing a bit more on how it interacts with your body here is a little of what we have learned so far.
First symptoms that appear could be any combination of fever, fatigue, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms will vary with each person; there is more information on symptoms that medical professionals are seeing as a pattern that may be established as regular symptoms in the future.Transmission of the virus is easy and is spread through respiratory droplets produced by the cough, sneeze or breath of an infected person.
Though a person may not feel ill during the initial two weeks of infection, the virus is hard at work in the lungs. The job of the virus cells is to make the healthy cells of our body regenerate more virus cells. Why is it so important to be cautious during this time of social distancing? The transmission of the virus is still possible from person to person even if the infected individual does not seem sick.
After symptoms have set in, they may feel flu-like and mild at first. Over the days that pass, symptoms will continue to worsen; the primary place that will be affected will be your throat, beyond this point it will work its way down into the respiratory airways causing inflammation and a persistent cough.
This virus has the potential to cause an individual to develop pneumonia. If the virus makes its way down into the lower respiratory tract before a person has sought medical assistance, there will be complications in the functions in the passing of oxygen to the blood, a vital function for all parts of our body. After pneumonia has set in, the individuals age, underlying medical conditions and the severity of the virus will play a role in recovery.
The main thing our dedicated medical professionals can do for a sick individual that has been hospitalized is provide supportive care. So, the best thing we can be doing is protecting ourselves right now, staying safe and keep the social distancing practices we have been observing. Stay safe San Antonio, keep about your health in mind as we get through this together.
Are you still working from home? Some were happy in the beginning but found it to be a bit of a challenge. Your surroundings are obviously different and that can prove to be hard to stay focused and be productive. Here are some tips on what you can do to help keep up with your work.
Enjoy the sunshine from the safety of your yard and know that we are in this together and this will not last forever. Stay safe, stay healthy.
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