COVID – 19: Know the Facts

Posted in Urgent Needs on 18 March 2020

RTTEMPS is dedicated to helping minimize the risk and exposure of the COVID-19 virus. Our staff throughout the country are working diligently to educate those concerned about the virus, support those who may be exposed or susceptible to the virus and treat those diagnosed with it. We are proud of these tremendous professionals who go beyond their duties to care for, reassure, and protect the patients and communities where they’re assigned.


We’re just a couple days into a universal “social distancing” order but it’s still important to know the facts. According to the CDC, washing hands for at least 20 seconds regularly is paramount to minimizing the spread of the virus. So are not touching your face with unwashed hands, covering your cough or sneezes by placing your elbow over your face, and staying home if you feel ill. Most businesses are closed, and only essential retail locations are open. If you need to go out, please be conscious of staying at least 6 feet away from other individuals when possible.


Though the virus doesn’t discriminate, and we are, currently, all susceptible to it – no matter our age, race, gender, or ethnicity – the risk of contracting the virus is minimal. We’re practicing a universal social distancing to allow us all to minimize the infection exposure. Because the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to common illnesses, such as colds and flu, this quarantine will cover the incubation period for colds, flu, and COVID-19 to take its course and allow us to protect those at risk of the more serious aspects of COVID-19, particularly the elderly, diabetics, those with compromised immune systems, cancer patients, and individuals suffering with heart or lung diseases.


If you’re experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath speak to your doctor or seek medical advice, especially if you have been in close contact with someone you know to have COVID-19 or travel from a location with known COVID-19 activity. Share your concern with your doctor or hospital before arriving so they can prepare to isolate you from others and take precautions.


Please make every effort to comply with the universal practice of social distancing and adopt the hygiene habits suggested by the CDC. Together the inconveniences and hardships of a couple of weeks can prevent significant illness and, sadly, tremendous loss.


This is a historical time. It may sound trite but, now is the time to let the best of our humanity thrive so we can all do just that – thrive.