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This coronavirus pandemic is serious. We don’t yet have a vaccine or effective treatments. To protect ourselves, our familes, and our entire communities we should all be practicing social distancing and other hygiene measures as we wait for a safe, effective vaccine and treatments.
With a few exceptions for medical reasons I believe all adults should discuss vaccination with their physician and be immunized for any diseases for which they are at risk.
And I recommend that parents do the same for their children and adolescents.
questions to ask about vaccines and the immunization process include.
- What contagious diseases is a person likely to be exposed to?
- What are the risks of those diseases?
- What are the risks of a particular vaccine for that person?
- What are the risks versus benefits to other people?
- What else can we do to prevent an infection?
Infectious disease control methods
The developed countries have eliminated or controlled many of the environmental sources of contagious disease by manipulating our environment.
- indoor plumbing
- water treatment facilities
- screens on windows
- air purification
- wear gloves to prepare food
- inspect restaurants
- signs in public restrooms reminding us to wash our hands.
However, we haven’t eliminated another source of infectious disease- other humans.
Rarely do we isolate or quarantine people with infections. Most of us have gone to work, school or social events with symptoms suggestive of infection- a cough, runny nose, upset stomach- putting our friends and colleagues at risk.
This coronavirus pandemic is serious. We don’t yet have a vaccine or effective treatments. To protect ourselves, our familes, and our entire communities we should all be practicing social distancing until advised otherwise. Please review these guidelines to prevent spead of this disease.
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