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COVID-19

aka Coronavirus

:: Some Things You Should Know for

People Who Use Drugs or

are on Pharmacotherapy ::

First Things First- 

What Is A  Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.

In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. The one we are dealing with NOW around the world.

This new corona virus (COVID-19) and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

What Are The 

Symptoms?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.

Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

 

Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, and immune deficiency issues are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Call your clinic BEFORE going there. 

How Does It

Spread?

The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales or sneezes etc droplets. 

Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air. 

The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low.

However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms.

This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease.

It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.

The World Health Organisation is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and the period of transmission of COVID-19 and will continue to share updated findings.    

HRVic's 

COVID-19

& Drug Use

Resource #1

HRVic's 

COVID-19

& Planning For  the Substance Dependent

Resource #2

HRVic's 

COVID-19

& Pharmacotherapy

Resource #3

Some MORE Helpful Tips for People on Pharmacotherapy -

Methadone and Buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex):