Two Michigan residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 at the state laboratories in Lansing. They are considered presumptive because the cases still need to be confirmed by the CDC. In the meantime, however, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is treating the patients as though they are 100% positive, which is exactly what we want to happen. This means steps are being taken by health officials to reduce the spread of the virus by tracking down anyone who may have been in close contact with them. Both patients are reported to be hospitalized and are middle-aged adults – one male and one female. They had also both traveled recently. The man had recently traveled domestically and is from Wayne County. And the woman had recently traveled abroad and is from Oakland County.
Stopping the Spread in Michigan
Now that the coronavirus is in Michigan, it’s even more important to keep workplaces disinfected. If you’re anything like me, you spend a large portion of your day at work. So, I recommend you wipe down your work station at the beginning of each day with a disinfectant. This includes your keyboard, mouse, phone, and any commonly touched surfaces like your desk, door handles, light switches, and elevator buttons. Wet surfaces for about 3 to 5 minutes. And don’t forget about your cell phone! These things are much dirtier than any of us would like to admit. Wet a microfiber cloth just enough to get it damp and make sure you don’t get any moisture into the ports. And, most importantly, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. If you’re in a place where you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer instead.
There is a backlog of people waiting for test results. Though the CDC has tested over 8,500 specimens, testing is still ramping up at the federal level. So, the number of cases in the United States could soar well past the 1,200 cases currently reported.
Symptoms After Quarantine
Though it is possible to develop symptoms after completing a two-week quarantine, the chances are quite small. According to a recent publication, approximately 101 out of 10,000 people that are quarantined could display symptoms after the 14 days are over. However, 97.5% of patients saw symptoms within 11.5 days, with 5.1 being the median number of days. So, if symptoms do appear, it is recommended that patients immediately re-quarantine themselves.