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COVID-19 Numbers: ‘Put It In Perspective’
In March 2020 it’s safe to assume most of us get up each morning and immediately try to get caught up with the latest on COVID-19, the virus that is rapidly spreading around the world. Thousands have died, many thousands more are infected; those numbers we see each day can be really scary.
“The COVID-19 numbers are increasing every day, but I think people always need to try and put it in perspective,” said Teresita Batayola, President and CEO of International Community Health Services which operates community health centers around King County. “Watching numbers just makes people even more nervous and fearful. It is more important for people to really take a look and think about their own situation.” Teresita Batayola is a panelist at the COVID-19 Livestream: Connect with the Experts – make sure to tune in!
Now that testing is becoming more widespread, she says the numbers of positive cases will increase and we’re learning more about the disease each day. Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19, but, she explained, those who do should take action now. If you display any symptoms that may indicate you have the disease, you need to contact your doctor or clinic now. For everyone else, she says, it’s a matter of getting serious about practicing basic good health habits.
“Washing your hands, covering your cough or cold. Are you doing social distancing? Are you disinfecting surfaces to make sure that the droplets, which is how COVID-19 transmission happens, are actually disinfected?” posed Batayola.
Batayola stated that the more we’re able to manage ourselves and our families, the more we’re able to slow the spread of COVID-19 or any disease for that matter.
Beyond basic health habits, she says the other best bit of advice is to avoid large crowds, although that advice is having a big impact on businesses, nonprofits, and even Pacific Science Center. Especially hurt are small restaurants; Batayola suggested ordering take out or having food delivered. Get creative. Social distancing doesn’t mean we stop having contact with others in our community. If you’re sick, certainly stay away, but everyone else can still make things work and connect with people vitually. The key, she says, is education.
“I think it is so important for people to educate themselves on what is or is not COVID-19 and help allay the fears,” she says. “The more we know and understand the more we’re able to help morale in general. Because we do not want a society that’s fearful, that’s not able to move forward, and that’s not able to interact with each other.”
Pacific Science Center’s mission is to inspire curiosity, while serving and educating the public. We are engaging our community virtually during this unique time during a special Science In The City event on March 24, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event will be livestreamed on YouTube. Teresita Batayola will be joined by other local health experts to explain what’s happening and what you can do to help. No doubt you have questions. This will be your chance to get them answered.
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