UPDATED 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 5th
South Carolina Positive Coronavirus Tests:
State Total: 2,049
Greenville County: 186
Spartanburg County: 75
Source: South Carolina DHEC
Read my letter to the editor in today's Greenville News regarding the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic: http://greenvillenewssc.sc.newsmemory.com/?publink=1c7f2f643
Links to stay up to date:
For a free virtual visit with a medical professional, visit https://www.prismahealth.org/virtual-visit/
For updates on closings in the Upstate: https://www.wyff4.com/weather/closings
For a list of school sites providing meals during the school closures:
For information on how to receive unemployment benefits if you lose your job: https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/apply-for-benefits
How to Stay Safe:
Stay on top of prescription refills
Avoid Touching your face
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause a variety of illnesses from the common cold to SARS. Although the current virus is often referred to as COVID19, COVID19 is actually the disease syndrome, not the virus. The virus that is causing COVID29 is SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the coronavirus family (which has to do with the virus’ shape under a microscope and has nothing to do with Corona beer). In most people, the new virus will cause normal cold symptoms such as fever, fatigue, and a dry cough. Some people will also experience a runny nose, nasal congestion, diarrhea, sore throat, and body aches. The vast majority (80%) of people infected with the virus go on to make a full recovery without any medical treatment from doctors or hospitals.
Unfortunately, about 1 in 6 people experience more intense symptoms and end up needing some help. More severe symptoms include difficulty breathing and those most affected tend to be the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions like diabetes or heart problems.
Regardless of SARS-CoV-2 exposure, if you’re having difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention
How does it spread?
Like many viruses, SARS-CoV-2 spreads when we cough or exhale. Doing so releases droplets containing the virus into the air and those in close proximity to an infected person might then breathe in the droplets or touch a common surface and then touch their face, allowing the virus to invade a new host. While we’re still learning about SARS-CoV-2, research suggests that people have to be pretty close together for transmission to occur via inhalation.
How can I keep myself and my family safe?
Stay home. Unless absolutely necessary, do not leave your home and limit interaction with others as much as possible. By leaving your home and entering public places, you put yourself and those around you at risk.
Wash your hands. It really is the best way to stay healthy, especially since SARS-CoV-2 isn’t the only virus out there. Most people, especially kids, don’t wash their hands long enough or frequently enough. Here’s a good demonstration of the proper technique:
Wash hands before every meal, after using the bathroom, and anytime you’re touching common surfaces like door knobs.
You’re probably wondering if you need a mask. The short answer is no, not unless you’re sick. The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is causing a shortage of face masks and we need to prioritize those still available for our frontline healthcare workers who are at the greatest risk of infection from SARS-CoV-2 and other illnesses like the flu. Most commercially available masks aren’t up to the task of preventing virus transmission anyway.