Summer is here and people are looking to escape to the outdoors after staying inside during the winter months and while avoiding the Coronavirus. The warm weather has also led to misinformation regarding how the virus is spread, prevented, and even cured.
At Tri-County Health Care, we highly recommend looking to the experts for accurate information regarding prevention and mitigation of the virus so you and your family can enjoy all that summer has to offer.
MYTH: The Coronavirus can be transmitted through bug bites
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), there is no evidence to support claims that the virus spreads through horseflies, mosquitoes, or ticks.
While these insects are not carriers of the Coronavirus, they can still spread other diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, West Nile Virus and many more. Remember to take precautions to reduce the chance of getting sick from tick or mosquito bites. Check yourself carefully for ticks after being outdoors, make sure window screens are not damaged to keep mosquitoes out, and wear an EPA-registered insect repellent.
The primary route of transmission for the Coronavirus is through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Transmission is also possible by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands. That is why it is important to frequently use good hand hygiene during this pandemic.
MYTH: Sun and climate have an effect on the Coronavirus
There are a number of theories regarding sun and temperatures reducing the spread, or even preventing and curing the virus.
There is currently no evidence that the heat and humidity of summer will limit the spread of the virus without the continued use of public health measures like social distancing and mitigation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), countries with various climates have reported cases of the virus which means exposure to extreme temperatures does not protect you from the virus. It also means the virus isn’t likely to go away in the summer months.
Sunbathing is a good way to relax, but won’t help protect you from or cure the Coronavirus! As a friendly reminder, be sure to protect your skin from the sun this summer.
Trust the experts
Tri-County Health Care continues to work with the Minnesota Hospital Association and follows guidelines set by the MDH and CDC. It is important to stay up to date on any changes during this pandemic to ensure you are practicing the best mitigation strategies to help slow the spread of the virus.
As a reminder, these strategies include social distancing, good hand hygiene, covering your cough, wearing a face mask, and avoiding travel when possible.
See your provider for any health care needs
At Tri-County Health Care, we know your health is essential and your safety is a top priority. We continue to execute meticulous cleaning and safety procedures to ensure you are able to meet with your provider for any of your health care needs.
It’s also very important to not delay care and to immediately seek medical help if you have a life-threatening injury or illness. Tri-County Health Care is designated as a Level IV Trauma Center and our expertly trained staff have advanced training in life support, trauma, stroke, and advanced cardiac care and are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Whether you think you may have been exposed or are sick with the virus, or just need to meet with your provider for an annual appointment, we are here for you! Please call 218-631-3510 to set up an appointment today!