Corona Virus Disease 2019

Serving nearby areas by Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida

Welcome to Romano Law Nurse Corner

We are Susan Ramsey and Amie Goldberg, both practicing attorneys and nurses here at the Romano Law Group.  Here is a little more about each of us:

Susan

Susan Ramsey is both an attorney and an RN. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School, and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts.  She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force.  Ms. Ramsey actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of survivors, cases include injuries suffered by victims of professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence.

Amie  

Amie Goldberg is both an attorney and a certified APRN.  After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Whittier College, Ms. Goldberg attended nursing school at Emory University.  Ms. Goldberg’s professional experience started as a Registered Nurse at Egleston Children’s Hospital taking care of children with heart defects. After a few years, she continued working in all areas of the hospital while attending Kennesaw State University on weekends in order to get her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner.  During her time as an APRN, Ms. Goldberg decided to attend law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.   Since graduating, she has mainly practiced in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation, fighting for the rights of injured people. Since joining the Romano Law Group, Ms. Goldberg has been the Director of the Opioid Litigation Project.  Ms. Goldberg also practices in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, bringing an inside perspective and knowledge to help get justice for our clients. 

Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

We are living in very strange times.  As this virus has become our main reality, we find ourselves feeling somewhat fearful and anxious about what life looks like now and going forward.  No doubt, this pandemic will change what we have known as normal life.  Adding to the stress of this situation, for most of us, our usual methods of coping are not currently available. There is no more going to the beach, the gym, a concert, dinner with friends, or even a hug when you need one.  It is hard to know what to believe.    As attorneys and nurses, we use knowledge of the facts to navigate situations. We have compiled some general information from a variety of sources, in a very simplified format.

COVID-19 is a pandemic.  A Pandemic is a global or worldwide outbreak of disease.  When a new virus emerges to infect people and is able to spread between them sustainably, it can cause a pandemic. Because it is a new virus, there is no pre-existing immunity against it, as there is for many of the common illnesses of today.  

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a betacoronavirus with its origin in bats. This is similar to prior viruses (SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV) that you may have heard of with similar origins. Scientists and researchers don’t know how this particular strain of virus will act, however they can use the knowledge of these previous coronaviruses to guide how we handle this one. 

The best thing each of us can do to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus.

  • Frequent hand washing for 20 seconds using proper technique

For a short Video on proper technique: https://youtu.be/d914EnpU4Fo

  • Maintaining Social Distance
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene, which means covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Immediately dispose of the used tissue.

Stay informed.

This disease spreads mainly from person to person

  • Between 2 people in close proximity with one another closer than 6 feet.
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Effective Ways to Kill COVID 19 on Surfaces

On March 3, 2020 the Environmental Protection Agency released a list of approved cleaning products to kill COVID 19: examples

  • Clorox multiservice cleaner and bleach
  • Clorox pet solutions advanced formula disinfecting stain and odor remover
  • Clorox disinfecting bathroom cleaner
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Lysol brand power plus toilet bowl cleaner
  • Lysol brand bleach mold and mildew remover
  • Lysol brand clean and fresh
  • Purell professional surface disinfectant wipes

A full list can be found at Http://bit.ly/2vJuqk0

While these products have been approved for many surfaces, you shouldn’t necessarily use them on electronics. Mashable.com has recently offered some advice for sanitizing your smart phone.

Effective Ways to Kill COVID 19 on Phones & Electronic Devices

On March 6, 2020 Mashable offered more cleaning tips from phone manufacturers:

  • Use lint free clause, not paper towels
  • Never use household cleaning products or abrasive solutions. Disinfectant wipes may harm your phones coding
  • Use a toothpick or Q-tip to clean your SIM cardholder
  • Before cleaning, unplug any cables and turn your phone off. Remove any accessories
  • Mix hand soap and water, and use it to dampen a cloth. Ring to remove any excess water. Wipe the found front back and side. Never dunk your phone into the solution, even if your phone is water resistant
  • Use a dry lint free cloth to wipe your phone down

Symptoms Associated with COVID 19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed cases. 

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • body aches
  • fatigue

If you develop symptoms as above and have been in close contact with a person known to have the virus or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of the virus, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. 

Emergency warning signs for which you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  •  persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  •  new confusion or inability to arouse
  •  bluish lips. 

Rumors circulating about COVID 19.  Here are some facts:

  • COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL climates, including hot and humid climates. 
  • Snow and cold weather cannot kill COVID-19.
  • Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19
  • There are currently no vaccines for COVID-19
  • There is currently no effective treatment for COVID-19
  • There is no reason to think that pets or animals can spread this virus

People of ALL ages are susceptible to this virus, however older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. Everyone needs to be careful do their part in helping to stop the spread of this dangerous virus.

 

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Taking care of yourself and your family can help you cope with stress and anxiety. Some things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media.  Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • To avoid “cabin fever,” make sure to include some time outside in the fresh air.
  • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals,
    • exercise regularly,
    • get plenty of sleep
  • Make time to unwind and do some activities you enjoy. 
  • Connect with others. Talk about how you feel, most people are feeling similar things.

We truly are all in this together and we will get through it together!

Susan

Amie

Resources:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus

https://www.epa.gov/coronaviru

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/