Most people have heard of coronaviruses, but not many realize how deadly they can be. That is why healthcare professionals and parents need to know about this common respiratory infection, and are aware of the importance of wearing a face mask when visiting the doctor or even a pediatrician’s office.
Health care facilities need to educate their patients about the potential danger of this virus. But often, they do not know the symptoms or risk factors, such as asthma or other respiratory conditions. They may also not be aware that the face mask will not just keep them safe from the cold but also protect them from potentially deadly respiratory infections.
The most severe and life-threatening respiratory problems caused by coronaviruses are pneumonia-like illnesses (LRIs). Unlike flu and cold viruses, coronaviruses may cause serious health problems that are easily treatable.
A person with asthma or who has respiratory problems is at a higher risk of developing an infection from coronaviruses and should be kept out of the immediate area of the health care facility that they visit frequently. Those who develop the infection should remain away from these places and rooms for at least ten days.
The risk of contracting a coronavirus is more common among children than adults and a low percentage of cases are fatal. However, this is not to say that every person is completely safe from becoming ill from it. And in rare cases, someone may develop severe illness.
If you plan to visit a doctor’s office, you may want to bring along your own face mask to use while you are waiting for your appointment. A doctor or nurse can help explain to you what a face mask is and how it works. They may also ask you to wear one during your visit to make sure that you do not breathe in any of the germs that may be on the floor.
Health care facilities should also provide guidance for parents and others who may need to visit a pediatrician. Parents are advised to take precautions when they visit a doctor’s office, school, or other place that children may be present. They should use the face mask while they visit to keep from being exposed to the virus.
Children are especially vulnerable to the virus because their noses are so small and because their immune systems are still developing. Even if you are equipped with a face mask, there is no guarantee that you will not be infected. Of course, if your child has recently had contact with someone who has the virus, you should immediately get him or her to the doctor or pediatrician.
Even if you never have a chance to visit a health care facility, your children could be exposed to the virus through infected hands. Children frequently touch their noses, lips, or cheeks with the hands of another child, or even with toys that do not belong to them.
Adults can contract the virus through close contact with infants, especially babies who are too young to be vaccinated. If you or your child has an open sore or other infection, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Don’t underestimate the importance of preparing yourself and your family before you go to the doctor or pediatrician. It is easier to protect yourself than it is to protect your family, and you never know when the virus will strike.
All in all, having a facial infection may seem like a nuisance to some, but for others, it is an emergency. Being prepared with protective gear may be the best thing you can do.