The Basics of COVID-19 | Episode 001



Welcome to The Nursing Post podcast: all nursing, all the time with Ashley Moore and Rosa Horsley. In this first episode from The Nursing Post, we will test your knowledge on what is COVID-19. We will go over how the novel coronavirus came to be as well as signs and symptoms, prevention, and treatments.

What is COVID

Is a virus caused by a coronavirus called SARS-Cov-2. Coronaviruses are common in people and can be found in some animal species. It’s rare when animals with viruses can infect people, spreading the virus between people. According to the CDC, this “spillover”, known as Zoonotic Disease, happens rarely.

Signs and symptoms- going beyond cough and dyspnea

Fever, Cough, SOB have been highlighted. However other reported symptoms are extreme fatigue, weakness, chills, headache, nausea, diarrhea, sore throat, temporary loss of sense of smell, flu or cold like symptoms, or inflammation of the eyes (pink eye)

Prevention

Proper Hand Washing/Hand hygiene

Hand sanitizing when soap and water not available

Not touching your face

Social Distancing

Stay at home

Cleaning/Disinfecting

Facemasks per CDC guidlines

Treatments

There is no current treatment that has been studied and proven effective. However, with this novel virus, there could be promising solutions that providers can use as they feel necessary. Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin ; Remdesivir; and the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project

Additional Resources Mentioned:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/

  2. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/muscle-aches-extreme-fatigue-coronavirus-symptoms-go-beyond-fever-cough-n1173876

  3. https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2764199/use-hydroxychloroquine-chloroquine-during-covid-19-pandemic-what-every-clinician

  4. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/therapeutic-options.html

  5. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/you-may-be-able-spread-coronavirus-just-breathing-new-report-finds#

  6. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/03/826638981/hospitals-universities-push-for-treatment-using-plasma-from-recovered-covid-pati

  7. https://nypost.com/2020/04/10/wh-task-force-mulls-coronavirus-immunity-certificates/

  8. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/general-information.html

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