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Shasta county doctor emphasizes need for social distancing to combat coronavirus

A Shasta county doctor makes a disturbing analogy of how social distancing works and what happens when we fail to do so

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CHICO, Calif. – Across the country people are practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough spoke with Shasta County Doctor, Orna Gil, with Shasta Regional Medical Center, about the dangers associated of not following the ‘stay at home’ guidelines.

Yarbough asked Dr. Gil, “From a medical standpoint, what would you say to those who do not think they have to follow any of these social distancing steps?

“That kind of attitude is very dangerous. Not only to themselves but also those they love,” explains Dr. Gil.

“It’s kind of like carrying a dagger but it is invisible, so you can slash people without even knowing you have it.”

Dr. Gil goes on to say, “The thinking is coronavirus doesn’t manifest any symptoms for at least five days while you have it, therefore we can transmit it very easily without even having any symptoms and even if you have symptoms you may not recognize that is what you have.”

Dr. Gil advises everyone to make choices as if they were infected.

“Treat yourself as if you have the virus and maintain distance so that you don’t affect any kind of catastrophic health conditions in the community you live.”

For those who might be feeling fearful or anxious about the coronavirus and its impacts, Dr. Gil says use that energy in a positive way and educate yourself and others.

She says right now, the most important lesson is that all of us should see being together as a community means staying apart.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 883746

Reported Deaths: 17055
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2900096912
Riverside646681273
San Bernardino606211028
Orange573731412
San Diego53000857
Kern33497410
Fresno30152430
Sacramento24582471
Santa Clara23458382
Alameda22807433
San Joaquin21196484
Contra Costa18214236
Stanislaus17354393
Tulare17206276
Ventura13930160
Imperial12534335
San Francisco11937133
Monterey1111783
San Mateo10889157
Santa Barbara9641119
Merced9375152
Sonoma9016134
Kings817383
Solano717174
Marin7030127
Madera492073
San Luis Obispo404932
Placer401255
Yolo308656
Butte302651
Santa Cruz272223
Napa189214
Sutter181912
Shasta178629
San Benito140714
El Dorado12904
Yuba127810
Mendocino110421
Tehama7938
Lassen7571
Lake67315
Glenn6423
Nevada5908
Humboldt5589
Colusa5476
Calaveras33317
Amador31316
Tuolumne2554
Inyo21815
Siskiyou1850
Del Norte1751
Mono1752
Mariposa782
Plumas540
Modoc270
Trinity230
Sierra60
Alpine30
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Tuesday was another sunny and unseasonably warm to hot day for much of northern California. It was much like Monday, except the wind was stronger, and the wind will be much stronger through much of the next week.
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