- Courtesy of UVM Health Network
“That means we are much more likely to save their lives,” said Tim Lahey, MD, an infectious disease expert at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
If you’ve seen #FlattenTheCurve on social media posts, that’s what it means: Stretching out the rate of infection over time so that hospitals will be able to provide enough respirators and other critical resources for people at high risk.
But, What If I’m Young and Healthy?Dr. Lahey points out that, from what we know about COVID-19 so far, younger and healthier people infected with the virus will most likely show mild to moderate symptoms. Some might not even know that they have it. But they could still transmit the virus to others, who would then pass it on. Staying home slows down that cycle.
Our Call to Action as Community MembersThe COVID-19 outbreak represents the worst public health crisis the world has seen in a century, presenting us all with a once-in-a-lifetime call to action that we all have a responsibility to answer.
“You need to save the lives of vulnerable people in your community by staying home,” said Dr. Lahey.
- Staying home, cleaning your hands with soap and water or sanitizer, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and other good hygiene measures are all critical to help slow down the spread of COVID-19.
- If you must go out, make that trip as short and efficient as possible. Practice social distancing at all times.
- If you feel sick, but your symptoms are mild to moderate, stay home. If you have trouble breathing or are so sick that you can’t take care of yourself and need help, call your doctor for guidance.