The COVID-19 pandemic has been front and center in the news, and, really, our daily lives over the past few weeks as people settle into a new norm. The illness is still ramping up in the United States, and people across the country are being urged to take drastic precautions such as social distancing to stem the spread of the disease. Still, many aren't taking the warnings or the virus itself seriously, which could have dire consequences for some, especially the elderly and the immunocompromised.
Dr. Timothy Craig is a professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Penn State Health/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey. He says the illness is not something anyone should take lightly.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the virus is spread just like a cold or the flu; through the air by sneezing or coughing; close personal contact, like shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, or occasionally, by fecal contamination. The best way to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, according to the Pennsylvania Department of health, is to wash your hands frequently; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your face; disinfect frequently touched surfaces; and practice social distancing.