Ask A Nurse
Nurse Jackie, our lovely volunteer and Peace House health educator, is here for all your coronavirus questions. To us, love in public means being honest, real, compassionate, and accountable to each other. This means educating ourselves and each other on the realities of this virus, and combating misinformation and stigma. We must resist falling into the traps of xenophobia, racism, or classism in our responses to coronavirus. Together, we can fight the stigma and the spread of coronavirus. Together, we can continue our mission of creating whole and well communities.

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Nurse Jackie’s key points:
What is it?
It started out in WuHan, China in 2019.
It has been named as a pandemic by the WHO.
We need to do the most to protect the most vulnerable in our communities and around the world.

Who does it affect?
People of all ages can contract the virus, but people over the age of 60 are more vulnerable.
People with comprised immune systems, and pre-existing medical conditions, heart disease, lung disease, asthma

How does it spread?
It is thought that it is spread through person-to-person contact.
When the person infected coughs or sneezes in close proximity, around 6 feet.
It is suspected that the virus can last on surfaces, such as tables and other objects. Once you touch those surfaces, and then go on to touch your face, mouth, etc, it can be spread that way too.

Signs and symptoms to look out for
Similar to the common cold and flu, the top three are: coughing, difficulty breathing and a fever
The first step if you experience these symptoms is to stay home and call your doctor, avoid going to public spaces

Steps to take

  1. Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, your next best step is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer of at least 60% .
  2. Social Distancing: avoid hugging and handshakes
  3. Avoid non-essential travel
  4. Avoid seeing friends and families
  5. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (phones, keyboards, tables, doors, anything we are frequently in contact with)

 

Stigma
Stop the spread of stigma, know and communicate the fact that virus does not target certain racial and ethnic groups. Together we can fight the stigma and the spread of coronavirus.

More information available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html