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Paul recovered from coronavirus; volunteering at hospital

Virus Outbreak Congress
Posted at 1:48 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 14:48:43-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP)  — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he has recovered from the coronavirus.

The Republican lawmaker said Tuesday that he has started volunteering at a hospital in his hometown in Bowling Green. Paul tested positive for the virus in March. He became the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. Senate.

Paul said Tuesday that he appreciates all the good wishes he received. He says he was retested and the results came back negative. Paul is an eye surgeon.

He says he has started volunteering to assist those in his community in need of medical help, including coronavirus patients.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.