We know that you may have questions or concerns about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as you live with Alpha-1. To support your safety and health, we’ve provided information to help you stay updated. Please visit CDC.gov for the latest news.
What is COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are actively monitoring the novel coronavirus strain. This virus causes a respiratory infection called novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
What are the symptoms?
People with COVID-19 report a wide range of symptoms from mild signs to severe illness. These symptoms may appear two to 14 days after being exposed to the virus:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Repeated shaking with chills
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome or kidney failure.
What is different about COVID-19 if you have Alpha-1?
Having Alpha-1 doesn’t mean you’re at a higher risk for getting COVID-19. But if you have lung or liver disease and you get the virus, you’re more likely to become seriously ill.
How do you protect yourself from getting COVID-19?
The best way to protect yourself is to avoid contact with the virus. To stay as healthy as you can, follow the CDC guidance. The CDC recommends that you:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth even when you are outside; insist those around you do the same
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from others at all times; do not hug or shake hands with people
- Stay away from crowded, indoor places
- Stay home if you are sick; avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- Talk to your doctor right away if you notice any symptoms
- Check with your doctor before going to the hospital or urgent care. If you need to go, ask your doctor to let the hospital know you’re on your way
- Avoid traveling and using public transportation
- If you need to travel, bring your mask, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and a bottle of water
In addition, keep your home a safe zone:
- Limit the number of people in your home
- Take a temperature of everyone who lives in the home every morning and evening
- Choose someone who can run errands. This person should:
- Take off outer clothing before coming in
- Wash hands and face or take a shower, as soon as they come in
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day
Your Alpha-1 Advocate Team is also here for you. Call us at 1-877-602-6726 when you need us.