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.