We know that all the information swirling around can be overwhelming. There are countless news articles, graphics, research papers, and social media posts about the COVID-19 pandemic that is changing our world. And, it is hard to know what to believe.
Next Direct has spent hours participating in scientific webinars and reading evidence-based research. The goal is simple – to provide our team and our patients with reliable information that will keep them safe and healthy. To that end, we are ready to share what we’ve learned with you, our valued patients.
Now is your chance to ask those burning questions that you’ve got about your health and safety. There is no such thing as a stupid question, so send them in!
The Next Direct team will gladly answer your questions regarding the coronavirus and it’s effects on your general health.
Why does wearing a mask NOT prevent me from being exposed to the virus?
Hi Donna. Thank you for your question. There is an important difference between “exposure” and “infection”. The goal for all of us is to prevent becoming Infected. When people cough, sneeze and talk the virus can be propelled out, typically up to about 5 feet. It can land on surfaces and onto us, even into our mouth, nose and eyes. We become infected when the virus enters through those mucus membranes. A mask is one tool that helps reduce the risk of becoming infected but exposure can happen without causing infection. Masks reduce the chances that a virus will enter our mouth and nose which is the most common route we become infected. Masks also reduce how far a virus can travel when people cough, talk and sneeze. Lastly, masks serve as a reminder that we are in the middle of a pandemic and need to take precautions. Masks should not replace other prevention measures such as hand washing and social distancing. Stay safe out there!
I tested positive for covid-19 and I know I am dehydrated and need fluids am I allowed to go to the hospital to get fluids and how do I go about getting paid. I am a healthcare worker.
Hello Sarah, We are so sorry to hear you are sick! To answer your question of can you go to the hospital? OF COURSE, we recommend taking precautions. For example, make it easier on the hospital and let them know in advance that you are positive for Covid-19 and obviously wear a mask if you can to help reduce you exposing anyone else. On the second question, that would be definitely a question for your employer HR department. I hope this helps! And we hope you feel better!