My Family’s Daunting Challenges During COVID Isolation at Home
The last three weeks have been challenging for my family and me. We all had to isolate ourselves at home after COVID hit. For the past two years, I have actively participated in many committees at work to plan and execute COVID-19 strategies for patients in my State as MD.
Still, I couldn’t fully know what to expect.
I’ll share more about my unexpected challenges during COVID isolation later on in this article. But, first, let’s get to know more about this crazy virus.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory infection caused by the strain of coronavirus known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2). Health authorities identified the first case of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
COVID-19 was transmitted from bats to humans and quickly spread to the whole world. As a result, the WHO declared a pandemic in March 2020.
According to the Worldometers website, there are more than 928 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with over 6 million deaths at the time of this writing.
How is COVID-19 spread?
- By close person-to-person contact with infected cases; or
- Contact with infected surfaces such as tables or door handles; or
- Long-distance spread through respiratory droplets from;; coughing, sneezing or speaking.
What are the common COVID-19 symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. A person may not have symptoms to spread the virus. There are many symptoms of COVID-19, but the common ones include:
- Nasal congestion, runny nose or excessive sneezing