This time of year influenza and other respiratory germs are circulating through our communities. The Coronavirus has recently received a lot of attention in the news. Memorial Hospital is ready to care for you and your loved ones. We are reviewing protocols, collaborating with state and local officials, and taking steps to “Stop the Spread,” of viral germs.
The Coronavirus outbreak is not currently a pandemic. An early report suggests only 16% of cases become serious.
Currently, there have been no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Wyoming. However, there have been many confirmed influenza cases in our county. The flu is transmitted in the same manner as the Coronavirus and can be just as serious.
If you or your child become ill, please stay home. Contact your primary care provider to inform them of your illness before going to the doctor. Clinics and hospitals have masks available for you to wear. Masks are for individuals who are or may be sick.
Prevention Best Practices
- Wash/Sanitize Your Hands Regularly (See This Post For a HowTo)
- Control Your Coughs and Sneezes
- Wipe Down Surfaces Regularly
- Stay Away From Others If You Are Ill or They Are
- Minimize Touching Your T-Zone: The Area of Your Face Which Includes Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
- Wipe Down Your Phone and Other Personal Items Regularly With Antibacterial Wipes
- Get Your Yearly Flu Shot
- Do Not Share Personal Items Such As Chapsticks, Utensils, Straws, Makeup Brushes, Combs/Brushes etc.
- Do Not Share Food or Beverages
Understand that the use of facemasks is really only effective if you are using them to protect others from your germs.
Stay home and call your provider if you exhibit symptoms of influenza or other illnesses including:
- Fever, chills
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches/pain
- Lack of energy
- Runny or stuffy nose
It may seem like you have to work, go to school, that what you have to do is incredibly important. But your health and the health of those around you must be considered. The best thing to do if you are feeling ill or having symptoms is to stay home, convalesce for a few days, and seek medical attention. Do not try to "tough it out" at work or school.
Further Reading and Resources
- Wyoming Department of Health News and Information - Novel Coronavirus, 2019/ COVID-19
- Converse County Public Health
- CDC - Novel Coronavirus, 2019/COVID-19
- WHO - Novel Coronavirus, 2019/COVID-19
- Wyoming Department of Health News and Information - Influenza
- CDC - Influenza
- WHO - Influenza
- Clinic Locations and Contact Information for MHCC