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With the coronavirus running all over the usa and people are dying at a high rate how do i keep myself safe and do i avoid going out?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Not high death rate: Coronavirus is indeed found throughout the US, but the death rate is not high. In New York City (most cases) the fatality rate is 0.5% (1 in 200). It is more serious for persons with underlying conditions (High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Chronic lung disease, Diabetes, Heart Disease) Avoid infection by limiting outings/contact, washing hands/sanitizing surfaces, rest, exercise, nutrition.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Avoid going out.: Wash hands (or use sanitizer) often for at least 20 seconds. Wash hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth. Use a cloth cover over mouth & nose when around others. Stay home as much as possible. Avoid sick people. Distance at least 6 feet from others. Clean/ disinfect frequently used surfaces.
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Last updated May 28, 2020


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