As more Texans get back to work, local health officials are concerned there could be a rise in COVID-19 cases if social distancing guidelines are not followed. Amy Young, MD, Chief Clinical Officer at UT Health Austin shares what you should be aware of before you head out the door.
How is Central Texas doing against the virus?
Dr. Young states that here in Central Texas we have done well in keeping the numbers stable with the virus and that officials continue to watch them closely. She understands that it is difficult to balance how to open up against so many unknowns about the virus. “We are cautiously optimistic based on our performance to date, but we still need to be very, very careful. The virus is still very much with us and will be for a considerable amount of time.”
The types of symptoms that concern providers are the ones they have known about from the beginning, such as:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
But, other symptoms have been added, including:
- Gastrointestinal upset
What do you recommend for people to stay healthy?
Dr. Young recommends adhering to social distancing as much as possible to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. She reminds us that anyone can be the vector that transmits disease to others, so maximizing social distancing will continue to keep our community safe. In addition, she recommends continuing to wash hands frequently and if possible, wearing a mask in public to protect others.