This is an email from Your Coronavirus Update, a newsletter by Medium Coronavirus Blog.
As I shelter in place here in New York City, I’ve been moved by the dispatches from the brave health workers on the front lines, including this ER physician dealing with a lack of equipment and loneliness.
It’s difficult to know how to help (besides staying indoors as much as possible), but here’s a roundup of ideas.
And it’s okay if you feel really anxious right now. The human brain cannot stand uncertainty. But there are ways around it, including reading accurate, expert-backed information, and taking time away from the news to focus on other things that you enjoy.
Speaking of expert-backed information: Follow our Medium Coronavirus Blog for updates.
- Leaders in quarantine: Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar’s husband has Covid-19. Here’s how she’s handling it.
- A bizarre symptom: Doctors around the world are reporting a lost sense of taste and smell as a possible symptom of Covid-19.
To help you better understand the rapidly changing situation, we’ve curated some essential stories below.
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A Quick Q&A:
Did You Have Coronavirus Without Knowing It?
Health experts say the virus has likely been in some U.S. communities for weeks and some people have surely had it without realizing. “Yes, it’s possible you may have had it and didn’t know it,” says Dr. Lee Riley, MD, chair of the division of infectious disease and vaccinology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. The more recently you were sick, he says, the greater the odds that it could have been Covid-19.
Depending on the area of the country a person lives in, it’s likely that some small percentage of the population had Covid-19 several weeks ago — or, in the case of places like Seattle, even a month ago or longer — and didn’t know it. Is there any way to know for sure? If your symptoms are gone, probably not. Thankfully, testing is (slowly) increasing in the U.S. If you think you have Covid-19, reach out to your doctor.