Having knowledge is power during a global health crisis – especially when it’s right at your front door. Understanding the foundational information about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is vital for your well-being and will likely aid those around you.

Note: For background information on what is coronavirus, please see our previous article entitled “What You Need to Know About Combatting Coronavirus.

Here’s Your Best Defense

By now, COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected your life in ways you hadn’t previously considered. All signs point toward the fact this virus will impact virtually all humankind in unprecedented ways. At the time of writing this article, we are nearing a million cases confirmed globally, spanning nearly 200 countries, areas, or territories.

With this pandemic-level dissemination of COVID-19, your best defense is knowledge to equip yourself with the latest and most comprehensive information available to you.

Here are answers to your top questions about COVID-19, so you may play your part in helping stop the viral spread:

What Is the Best Treatment for COVID-19?

At present, there is no available medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19, though vaccines and drug treatments are being investigated. That’s why medical professionals say the best treatment is preparation through prevention measures.

These protective measures include washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap and water, and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, clean high-touch surfaces with alcohol, bleach, or chlorine-based products, and use UV-C light to disinfect sensitive, high-touch electronics, such as cell phones and tablets.

For a complete list of prevention tips, see our post on combating coronavirus, or the World Health Organization website. Your protection also includes staying updated on local information regarding coronavirus trends in your community.

Prevention is a proven defense measure, but please keep in mind if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms like coughing or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

What Happens When You Get COVID-19?

The virus behind COVID-19, named SARS-CoV2, enters your respiratory tract through droplets containing the virus. Common methods of contact are breathing in or rubbing the droplets on your eyes, nose, mouth, or face with your fingers.

As you’ve likely seen from photos and illustrations the virus contains spiky proteins on its surface, which enable it to attach to and attack your human cells. Because SARS-CoV2 is unknown to your immune system, your body is not prepared to defend itself.

In addition to causing problems in the lungs, the virus may also cause nausea, diarrhea or indigestion if it infects cells in the gastrointestinal system. In the most severe cases, COVID-19 may lead to organ failure and death.

What Are the Symptoms of CV?

You are much better equipped to handle the virus if it remains in your upper respiratory tract. Upper respiratory symptoms can include a fever, a sore throat, nasal congestion, or a dry cough. Symptoms begin 5 to 6 days after infection on average, according to the WHO, though many of those affected will experience no symptoms at all.

More troubling symptoms occur if the virus enters your body’s lower respiratory tract. Commonly experienced COVID-19 symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, a deeper cough, and other difficulties breathing.

Note: a number of fraudulent claims regarding diagnosis and treatment have been circulating online. Stay informed by visiting FEMA’s Coronavirus Rumor Control page, as well as the Department of Health and Human Service’s Coronavirus Fraud Alert page.

What Is the Recovery Time for CV?

There is a mostly positive recovery outlook for a majority of those infected. Patients with mild cases of COVID-19 have shown recovery within 7 to 14 days. For severe cases, however, a patient’s recovery may take six weeks or more. Around 1% of those infected people die from the disease, according to John Hopkins Medicine.

At this point it’s uncertain whether you can be re-infected by COVID-19. Patients have been shown to continually test positive even though the virus symptoms have gone away.

Coronavirus Prevention With UV Light Disinfection

In addition to behavioral modification coupled with rigorous manual cleaning and disinfection practices, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) can be a valuable tool in the fight to stop the spread of infection.

In healthcare facilities, non-critical portable and reusable medical equipment (wheelchairs, gurneys, IV-Poles, computer workstations, etc.) and even entire rooms can be effectively sanitized using UVGI. Spurred by recent outbreaks, the transportation industry has begun using different platforms of UVGI to disinfect buses, and planes may incorporate UV cleaning tech soon.

UV-Concepts has developed a novel UVGI platform for the cleaning and disinfection of non-critical portable medical equipment.

How UV-Concepts Works

Whether during a pandemic or not, our mission has always been to make the healthcare environment safer for personnel, patients, and visitors. We have spent years developing a novel UVGI platform that addresses the broad clinical need for improved supplemental disinfection of high-touch portable medical equipment (PME).

High-touch is defined as any surface which routinely comes in contact with healthcare personnel, patients, and visitors. In the healthcare environment, this includes:

  • Patient transport equipment (wheelchairs, stretchers, gurneys)
  • Complex equipment (ultrasound machines, EKG, computer workstations)
  • Interventional equipment (endoscopy & bronchoscopy scope towers, dialysis machines, surgical video towers, electrocautery machines, anesthesia machines)
  • Critical care equipment (ventilators, IV infusion pumps)

Our solution is unlike other UV-C based technologies. The automated “no-touch” UV-C enclosure (UVETM) by UV-Concepts produces a high UV-C dose in a short time interval providing a more effective, efficient, and reliable cycle.

Our solution is ideal for everyday use in the healthcare environment, and as importantly, ideal in a crisis environment such as the COVID-19 pandemic due to the broad applications and ability to maximize utilization by any healthcare worker and across many healthcare specialties. We are ready to take action.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us.

Stay Informed, Stay Healthy

The World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 disease a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. As the world contends with the far-reaching consequences of this health crisis, it’s essential to remain informed about coronavirus prevention. Helpful information can be found online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and at the World Health Organization.