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Amidst Panic Buying, Mayo Clinic Urges ‘Common Sense’

March 14, 2020

Mayo Clinic News Network – With the number of worldwide cases of COVID-19 on the rise, concerns about this new coronavirus are making many people anxious.

Despite the severity of the current situation, Dr. Joseph Sirven, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, says you shouldn’t panic.

“If you have a fever or cold that is somewhat new, especially if you have recently traveled, it is probably a good time to let your primary care provider know because they may want to test you if they feel you traveled to a high-risk area,” says Dr. Sirven.

“Take extra precautions to minimize exposure but don’t panic.”

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Dr. Joseph Sirven, Mayo Clinic 

Dr. Sirven recommends practicing good respiratory etiquette, as well as being more vigilant about hand hygiene, and sanitizing surfaces around your home and workspace.

It is also important to implement social distancing to help slow down the spread of infection. That means avoiding large gatherings and crowds.

As far as staying on top of the news, Dr. Sirven says limit your sources to reputable sites.

And if you’re a person who gets overwhelmed easily, change the channel.

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“It’s a great time to catch up on Netflix or other programs that will divert your attention,” says Dr. Sirven

In any situation, whether it is COVID-19 or the flu, you separate yourself from the family so you don’t get the rest of the family sick.

The most important thing, he says, is “to stay calm and use common sense.”

Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional updates on COVID-19. For all your COVID-19 coverage, click here.

Courtesy Joseph Sirven, M.D./Neurology/Mayo Clinic

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