Do Your Part for Tucson

Help Flatten the Curve on Coronavirus

The world is in the midst of a crisis, including the United States, and much more importantly for our community, including Tucson, Arizona. The COVID-19 spread is rampant world-over, and we need to ask ourselves what we can do to help slow it down on our parts.

You might think that a single person is too insignificant to make a difference with something that is happening on such a large scale, but just remember that the coronavirus started with just a single person and now there are 723,700 confirmed cases in the world with 142,537 of those cases in the United States in such a short period of time.

The total number of confirmed cases in Arizona are 912, with the death toll at 16. With misinformation at an all time high in this time of crisis, people believe that they are safe from the virus if they are young and have no underlying health conditions.

Though you might not be at high risk of fatality, you can still be a carrier and definitely be affected by the virus. Most importantly, this virus is extremely contagious and can spread like wildfire, which is extremely dangerous for the elderly and the sick.

With the whole COVID-19 awareness, we are sure you must have heard the term “flattening the curve”. If you’re unsure about what that means, it’s quite simple.

Flattening the curve is just a way everyone can do their part to help reduce the speed at which the virus is spreading so that there is more time for preparation and caution in the healthcare sector. If the curve of how many people are getting the virus is too steep in terms of time, hospitals and healthcare providers won’t have the capacity or resources to treat faster than the affected are coming to them.

This could lead to a much bigger crisis and the results could be detrimental in society. The rate at which the virus is spreading needs to be slowed down so the healthcare system has time for preparation, and this rate is controlled by every single individual in the community.

What you can do on your end is simple, and it can make a huge impact on your community and even the world. So, as we can see, COVID-19 spreads from person to person very quickly, so your first step to helping spread the virus is to minimize contact with other people.

Social distancing and self-isolating are a great step toward helping curb the spread. Also, the virus spreads through contact with droplets transmitted from carriers to non-carriers through their nose, mouth, and eyes. If you touch a surface that has been infected and touch your face, you can become a carrier, so avoid touching your face and wash your hands thoroughly regularly.

If you are in the Tucson, Arizona area, and you feel like you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus like a fever, respiratory problems like coughing or difficulty breathing, and fatigue, contact a healthcare professional near you as soon as possible.

Marty Giles MD can help you and your family stay safe from the virus and help you flatten the curve. Get in touch with them on their website or call (520) 355-2900.