The Impact of Coronavirus
COVID-19, which stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019, is a novel respiratory illness transmitted from person-to-person that can be mild to severe depending on an individual’s unique circumstances. Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion and more. With concerns over the coronavirus pandemic slowly evolving in the United States, it is important to take a proactive approach to your health and the health of those around you.
The long-term care pharmacy team at Remedi SeniorCare is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and recommends individuals follow standard precautions and care in order to combat this concern. If you are a member of the post-acute and long-term care industry, we advise you to closely surveil potential signs and symptoms of your residents and adopt a cautious approach of prevention in your facility.
Credible health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have provided a wealth of helpful resources to help you fight the contraction and spread of COVID-19. You can view more recommendations from the CDC here:
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
This information was provided by the CDC. Learn more by clicking here.
Additional Information From The CDC
Employees of post-acute and long-term care facilities are urged to closely monitor any changes in the health and wellbeing of their patients and remain diligent about preventing the COVID-19 pandemic from impacting their facility.
General Information about COVID-19
Resources for Healthcare Facilities
Are Certain Populations More Succeptable?
Infection Prevention Suggestions
Testing In Longterm Care Facilities
Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool
Testing Guidelines for Nursing Homes
Infection Control Benefits in Long-Term Care Pharmacy
With the impact of COVID-19, infection control in long-term care settings is more important than ever. Have you considered the impact of your med pass on infection control? With PAXIT, the 24-hour, unit-dose medication management system, you can reduce the risk of spreading infection while providing essential pharmacy services to every senior in your care. Reduced touchpoints with medications, safer dispensing, immediate disposal of packaging, and specialized med cart organization all contribute to a safer experience for staff and residents. Watch below to find out more.