The Process Recovery Center is a health facility and, as such, we have an obligation to respond to the potential spread of the coronavirus in New Hampshire.
At the time of this writing, there has been one confirmed case of the coronavirus in New Hampshire, and one “presumptive” case that has not yet been confirmed. According to NBC Boston, “New Hampshire’s first coronavirus patient, a hospital employee, went to an event tied to Dartmouth business school… despite being told to stay isolated… and all others who went to the event are now being told to stay isolated”.
Although the coronavirus in New Hampshire certainly warrants preparedness, and has been classified by WHO (World Health Organization) as a “public health emergency of international concern,” the primary recommendation of health and human services agencies is not to panic, and to abstain from prejudice toward Chinese or Asian Americans.
What Can You Do About Coronavirus in New Hampshire?
As coronavirus in New Hampshire spreads, the best thing to do is calmly follow CDC guidelines. We will be following these guidelines at the Process Recovery Center, and adjusting as necessary according to state and federal recommendations.
WHO reports that symptoms of the coronavirus are “fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea… 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, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention”.
Other than maintaining awareness of symptomology and staying updated about illness “hotspots,” the CDC recommends that you:
- Regularly wash your hands. If a hand washing station is unavailable, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Keep your distance from people who are ill, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. Make sure that you are fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
- Clean and disinfect commonly utilized surfaces.
Our Addiction Treatment Programming and Coronavirus
While the risk of contracting the coronavirus in New Hampshire is still relatively low, that may change over the coming weeks. We will be sure to keep our clients and community updated as the situation develops. However, we can offer reassurance that staff and clients who are ill will be asked to stay home, and we will be promoting an environment of healthy hygienic practices.
If you have any questions regarding our response to the coronavirus, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our facility’s registered nurse, Nicole White, is happy to speak with you.