Greetings SYA Family,
I hope everyone is staying healthy during this challenging time. SYA continues to take the necessary steps in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
As a pediatrician, I am often asked questions regarding public health issues. As you know, novel coronavirus is the present concern. This is a new coronavirus called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Although there are different types of coronaviruses, this one has never been seen in humans. A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Currently there is ongoing research to understand the virus that has caused this pandemic. There is little to no preexisting immunity, so the disease is extremely contagious and spreads worldwide.
COVID-19 is spread by small droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking. The virus is contracted through the nose and mouth. Although it is not an airborne disease, it is able to spread that way. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 can also live on surfaces for an unknown period of time.
Asymptomatic carriers are the main source of the spread. This occurs before an individual knows that they are sick. It is likely to present in 2-14 days of contraction. This is called the incubation period.
Prevention is the key to managing, containing, and mitigating the disease. Therefore, social distancing has been put in place. This is a way to decrease the spread of the disease in the community. If people are not together then the disease cannot spread. Without spread, the disease will be contained. Since some people are unable to stay at home, it is extremely important for those who can do so. Police officers, nurses, firefighters, and doctors are some of people who are unable to stay at home. By you staying at home, it is helping them stay safer. Hand washing and avoiding touching your face is especially important to keep you free from disease also.
If it is absolutely necessary to leave your home, masks must be worn. The mask will prevent you from transmitting to other people. This also conveys the importance of staying 6 feet away from others. The virus can carry up to 6 feet from a cough and even further with a sneeze. If you are unable to obtain a mask, any face covering is better than nothing.
It is especially important to continue to get exercise every day. Elite athletes tend to make the best use of their down time by working out on their own. Do ball work to improve your touch, even if you only have a small space at home.
It is also important to stay engaged with family and friends; smart phone apps Facetime, Zoom and Google Duo can help you stay connected.
Stay Safe, social distance and we will see you on the field soon!
Irving Williams, II, MD