Reliable pandemic resources: The latest on pandemic milestones in Wisconsin and Illinois

Reliable pandemic resources: The latest on pandemic milestones in Wisconsin and Illinois
Reliable pandemic resources: The latest on pandemic milestones in Wisconsin and Illinois

Last updated Oct. 5 at 8 a.m.

Even though COVID-19 has dominated much of the public conversation for months, it can still be difficult to sort out which resources have clear, trustworthy information you can turn to. This article will be updated regularly with the latest updates and a collection of reliable resources.

As President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis has dominated the news, the weekend also brought unfortunate pandemic milestones in both Wisconsin and Illinois.

Wisconsin has been setting records for new cases, including a new high of more than 2,800 in one day. The northern areas of the state have been especially hard. Illinois, meanwhile, surpassed 300,000 cases since the pandemic, and the daily totals continue to be higher than over the summer. The death toll in both states continues to climb, and there were more than 54,000 positive cases of the coronavirus reported on Friday nationwide, the highest single-day case count since Aug. 14, when the country recorded just over 64,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Both states’ public health agencies provide daily updates. Here is Wisconsin’s. Here is Illinois’.

Those big numbers in both states and the extent of the virus’ spread among President Trump’s inner circle are another reminder that everyone needs to take basic actions to try to slow the number of cases. Keeping your distance from others helps reduce the likelihood of the virus being passed. Wearing a mask helps, too.

“It’s another reminder that the virus is very contagious, and there are risks of not following the proper protocols,” said Dr. Robert Citronberg, executive medical director of infectious disease and prevention at Advocate Aurora Health, said about the president’s diagnosis. “The measures we put in place to stop transmission – masking and social distancing – the science tells us they really work.”

Masks

Wearing a cloth mask over your nose and mouth can help people protect each other from the spread of COVID-19. And in some places, wearing a mask when you’re indoors or can’t keep distance from others is the law.

Watch below to learn what to look for in a cloth mask.


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Symptoms

You need wear a mask and keep your distance from others even if you don’t feel sick. You can pass the virus along even if you don’t have symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control says that symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you feel like symptoms, you can start with Advocate Aurora Health’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker here.

Get the care you need

Just because COVID-19 rightly has dominated everyone’s attention for months doesn’t mean your other health issues have gone away. News reports have suggested that people aren’t seeking the basic health care they need – even for serious conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. Ignoring what seem like small health issues now can create big problems in the future.

With that in mind, Advocate Aurora Health has made a Safe Care Promise to patients so that you can feel safe going to see the doctor. Here’s what that means:

  • All patients, team members, providers and approved guests will be screened before entering a hospital, office or other care site.
  • Patients, team members, providers and approved guests are all provided with a mask before entering.
  • Social distancing will be observed. Our newly designed waiting areas and staggered appointment times reduce traffic, minimizing contact and creating safe spaces for all.
  • Virtual check-ins through the LiveWell mobile phone app provides for seamless, low-contact arrivals.
  • All public and treatment areas will undergo additional disinfectant and cleaning throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be readily available.

Kids

Parents face an endless series of difficult choices in normal times, and the pandemic has made just about all of them more difficult.

Knowing that, a group of top Advocate Aurora Health doctors gathered for a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, answering viewer questions about sports, screen time, school and more.

You can watch the full session below.

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