As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, efforts are underway to find a new normal and begin to reopen the country and the economy. While people are eager for strict social distancing rules to end, public health measures, including testing and tracing for the virus, will be important tools needed to control the spread of the virus and prevent an uptick in new infections.
"Hepatitis C is another RNA virus, actually not that different from coronavirus in some ways," says Dr. Stacey Rizza, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. "It behaves very differently in humans, and it is a different virus. But anybody who has a chronic medical condition would be at greater risk of having a severe reaction to the coronavirus."
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: With social distancing guidelines in place due to COVID-19, I've been working from home for a few weeks, and I can tell it's already taking a toll on my health. I feel more tired and less motivated to exercise and eat well, even though I have more time for both. What should I be focusing on to stay healthy while being stuck at home?
Have you created new patterns or behaviors in your daily life, while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are there things you've changed or learned about yourself that you'd like to continue in the future? Bring your ideas to the Mayo Clinic Connect conversation.