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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Primary Care

Advisor

Dr Colletti

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus-2 (SARS-COV-) also known as COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that has spread worldwide. It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) 2020. It is the third zoonotic coronavirus to appear in the last decade. COVID-19 mortality rates are increasing and changing daily. According to the world health organization (WHO) dashboard as of December 2021 there have been 269,176,282 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5,295,886 deaths globally. Some treatment measures are not supported by scientific evidence to be effective or safe. The current healthcare focus is on prevention and decreasing the transmission rates of covid through the administration of the covid vaccine. According to the CDC approximately sixty percent of the US population has been vaccinated to date. Global guidelines suggest educating the public about the virus, and taking preventive precautions such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the use of masks will significantly lower COVID-19 transmission rates. As front-line healthcare professionals, primary care providers should be educating the public about preventive measures to combat COVID-19.

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