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Seasonal Coronavirus should not be confused with COVID-19

By Val Sparks, MSN, RN, CIC 
Infection Preventionist at Midland Memorial Hospital 

If you’ve ever ha
d the common cold it is most likely caused by a seasonal common human coronavirus. Most individuals get infected with one or more of these viruses at some point in their life. However, this should NOT be confused with the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) that we are hearing about in the news and is infecting thousands across China and Japan.   

The common human coronavirus can cause a runny nose, sore throat, headache, fever, cough, and a general feeling of being ill.  It can sometimes cause pneumonia and/or bronchitis and can affect those individuals with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants and older adults more severely. 

Testing is easily done in most laboratories from a nasopharyngeal swab. The test is a respiratory panel that screens for many viruses including influenza. There is no vaccine to protect you against human coronavirus and no specific treatment.  It is best advised to take fever medication, drink plenty of fluids, stay home and rest, use a humidifier or take a hot shower to help with a sore throat and cough.  If you are concerned about your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. 

Protect yourself from viral respiratory infections by washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Protect others when you are sick by staying home, avoiding close contact with family members, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you touch.  

More information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/types.html.

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, China and has now been detected in 32 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. It has been declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization.  The cases in the United States have been imported cases by travelers who have been in Wuhan, China or have been close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan, but at this time the virus is NOT currently spreading in the community within the United States. The CDC states that the individual risk is dependent on exposure.  For the general American public, the risk to be exposed to the COVID-19 virus is considered low.  

Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, healthcare facilities, including Midland Memorial, have instituted screening procedures for all patients utilizing our emergency room, inpatient and outpatient facilities.  This screening includes identifying someone who has traveled in China, South Korea or Japan or has been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.  Additional screening for symptoms include fever and respiratory symptoms. These individuals may face limitations on their movement and activity.  Cooperation is integral for the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus.   

The CDC laboratory is currently the only lab that can test for and detect the COVID-19 virus.  New kits are being manufactured and tested.  When available the closest testing laboratory will be in Lubbock at the Texas Tech University Bioterrorism Response Laboratory.   

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