We are experiencing an epidemic, “an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area”. This is a NEW disease.
The world is experiencing a pandemic, “an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents usually affecting a large number of people.”
Public Health “is the science of protecting and improving the health of entire populations, big and small.” In the absence of epidemics and pandemics, the protection Public Health provides is not apparent in everyday life, but its’ purpose in keeping us healthy is. If the spread of a disease can be mitigated (made less severe) it can reduce the impact on society. It requires everyone taking part.
Where Do We Start?
The best current source of information is Anthony Fauci MD https://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/director When he speaks we should listen closely.
He has advised “if you feel sick, stay home and call your Doctor for direction.” I want to review basic things we all can do to make it harder for this transmissible virus to take advantage of our health.
I have found the Florida Department of Health http://www.floridahealth.gov to be an excellent site for concise up to date information for the everyday individual seeking basic advice.
Try the COVID 19 Resource Toolkit tab in the middle of their home page. My favorite starter items are:
Although these items seem very basic…they are, Very…Basic, much like blocking and tackling, for all you football fans out there. Social Distancing is extremely important and basic. It is not a joke, as this type of virus transmits […]