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Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19

April 6, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the world, and we understand that we all need extra support at times like this. In an effort to help our friends and colleagues worldwide, McLean has launched a public education initiative to promote mental health and wellness in the wake of COVID-19.

Read below to find factual information about coronavirus, self-care strategies and tips, and more about McLean’s COVID-19 mental health resources.

Facts About COVID-19

The amount of information available about the coronavirus can be overwhelming to sift through to find what you want to know. These frequently asked questions may help you understand more about the virus.

What is COVID-19? Is it the same thing as coronavirus?

COVID-19 is the disease causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 was previously called 2019-nCoV. The name COVID-19 is an abbreviation of its full name, coronavirus disease 2019.

There are many human coronaviruses, and COVID-19 is a new one that has not been seen in humans before, which is why it’s called a “novel” virus.

How is COVID-19 transmitted or spread?

While we are still learning new things about COVID-19 on a daily basis, it is thought that the virus is spread mostly from person to person, but it also possible to be transmitted from contacting a contaminated surface or object that has the virus on it. The CDC shares that it is mainly spread through close contact—person to person—through respiratory droplets.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines respiratory droplets as small droplets from the nose or mouth that are spread when a person coughs or exhales.

How long can COVID-19 live on surfaces or fabrics?

Currently there is no conclusive information for how long the virus can live on surfaces or fabrics. It can be anywhere from several hours to several days, depending on temperature, humidity, surface type, and other environmental factors.

I’ve read that a variety of medications might be successful in treating COVID-19. Is this true?

As reported by the WHO, there is no current medicine to prevent or cure the disease.

Some remedies may help with comforting symptoms of COVID-19, but prior to self-medication, please check with your health care provider. Antibiotics do not prevent or treat viruses and are only effective for bacterial infections. They should not be taken to treat COVID-19 and should only be used as directed by your health care provider to treat infections caused by bacteria.

There are currently several ongoing clinical trials to test the effectiveness of medicines in treating COVID-19. As soon as findings are shareable, the WHO will make this information publicly available.

McLean is committed to providing resources to support our communities during the coronavirus crisis

What’s the best way to protect myself and my loved ones from COVID-19?

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself during these times.

Practice good physical distancing

The CDC suggests staying a distance of six feet from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will keep you from being close enough to breathe in droplets if someone near you has the COVID-19 virus.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

Washing hands with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based sanitizer, helps kill viruses that may be on your hands.

Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth

Your hands can pick up viruses easily, and viruses can enter your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth easily.

Cover up when you’re coughing

Good respiratory hygiene means using a bent elbow or tissue when coughing and sneezing to cover your mouth and nose. Throw away used tissues right away and sanitize through handwashing or through alcohol-based hand rubs.

If you are feeling under the weather, stay home.

If you are feeling the symptoms of COVID-19, call your medical provider and follow their directions to head to the right health facilities to help protect you and minimize additional spreading.

Can COVID-19 patients share ventilators?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released information on optimizing ventilator use during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are looking for more information on ventilator allocations and co-venting in crisis standard-of-care strategies, please view the HHS’s materials on ventilator use.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

For answers to more questions about the novel coronavirus, visit the Center for Disease Control’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Mental Health

Now more than ever it’s important to practice self-care. As McLean increases its efforts to make mental health resources available to our communities, you may find answers to these frequently asked questions helpful.

Do you have suggestions for managing anxiety?

We understand how the worry of catching an infectious disease while taking care of your family or performing your job can add stress to your daily life. Several experts from McLean shared tips and strategies to help you feel mentally balanced during such an uncertain time.

You could also try these five ways to help reduce anxiety during the outbreak.

What tips can my colleagues and I use to adjust to new working conditions?

We have several coping strategies to help keep you and your colleagues in a healthier mindset. In addition, during one of our COVID-19 webinars, Dr. Blaise Aguirre walked us through ways to keep a calm mind throughout hectic working conditions. Try these resources:

How can I communicate to my child about COVID-19?

Confusion and anxiety can plague everyone—adults and kids alike—making it hard to feel calm and safe. Our experts offer some guidance on how you can support your children during the pandemic.

If you are looking for information to help your child feel more acclimated to being an at-home student, try these insights from our director of psychological services for our College Mental Health Program.

Where can I find more mental health resources?

Visit our COVID-19 mental health resources page to find access to more information.

April 6, 2020