Q: Should I get tested & how do I get tested?
A: If you are experiencing hallmark symptoms of Covid19 ie. Fever, Cough, Chest Pain, or Shortness of breath, you should contact your primary healthcare provider immediately. They will then offer testing options. You should also be tested if you have been exposed to someone with Covid19, and be partaking in a self quarantine until you can find out your status. Testing is expected to ramp up daily as infrastructure continues to grow. VIA HEALTH.RI.GOV “People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. These people should NOT go directly to a healthcare facility without calling a healthcare provider (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency).“
Q: How does Covid19 spread
A: The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Q: Can Covid19 live on surfaces?
A: It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Q: Who is most at risk?
A: It is believed based on the current data that Covid19 poses a higher risk to people ages 60 & Over, those mostly with pre existing health conditions. (As this virus is evolving with the data, it is very important to note that new data suggests that a majority of the ICU patients of the 13,000 plus confirmed cases are the ages 50 & Under)
Q: Do I file for Unemployment or TDI?
A: Simply put, if you have been laid off, you file for unemployment. If you have contracted Covid19 or have been exposed to it, and have been quarantined due to exposure, you qualify for RI TDI.
Q: Should I be concerned?
A: You should be prepared, and doing your best to heed the recommendations of the CDC, W.H.O, and both your state & federal government.
Q: Doesn’t the flu infect and kill more people?
A:The seasonal flu is very predictable, and offers a variety of vaccines, and proven treatments such as Tamiflu. There is no vaccine for Covid19, thus it leaves our population completely vulnerable. The data is very limited with Covid19, so it would not be logical to compare complete and predictable data that the flu offers, and Covid19 data which is at it’s infancy.
Q: Is there a current treatment for Covid19
A: No. The FDA recently had a lot of restrictions lifted which will aid in the study and development of safe cures. Clinical trials of a drug used to treat Malaria called “Qualaquin” is showing potential.
Q: What is the State and Federal Government doing to help?
A: The State of Rhode Island is currently looked at as a role model in respect to how this virus is being handled. This should not instill a false sense of security that leads you to let your guard down, and not follow the recommendations. We have closed schools, malls, restaurants, and places that leave our population more at risk. You have protections such as non interruption of your utilities at home, a currently solvent unemployment fund, and many civil protections. Our National Guard stands ready. On a federal level many instances of red tape being cut has greatly freed up our resources. As of Friday March 20th the President activated the “Defense Production Act” this will allow our privately owned company to produce much needed medical supplies at very high levels. Based on the tone of both the State and Federal Government, they will do the best in their power to soften the blow of the disruption of life. Currently the Government plans on sending out an economic stimulus to all citizens who make $75,000 or less, or a combined house hold income of $150,000. The projected amount of that check is $1,000 with subsequent checks to possibly follow.
Q: Should I withdraw all my money from my banking institution(s)?
A: No. Withdraw the cash you need. Banks are flushed with cash. Using a debit card would be a good practice as cash tends to be dirty. Clean your debit cards regularly, be mindful of the magnetic strip and not to clean it too harshly, avoid cleaning the magnetic strip if possible.