COVID-19 is the defining event of 2020 and possibly the decade. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and in the months since this declaration, the virus has shown no sign of relenting. This microscopic enemy has invaded every country and aspect of life, leading to a frantic global scramble for treatments, information, and an effective vaccine.
The floodgate of scientific discoveries, public health guidelines, medical research, and misinformation has opened, creating a wealth of new and sometimes conflicting data. This book attempts to address the most urgent, immediate needs in a pandemic as well as some of the changes we are likely to see in a post-COVID-19 world through a succinct question-and-answer format. From "How do I properly wear a mask?" to "Is it safe to vacuum?" this book answers common questions about COVID-19 while offering guidance on ways to protect yourself, prepare for the future, and maintain your sanity.
Dr. Steven R. Feldman is a Professor of Dermatology, Pathology, Social Sciences & Health Policy, and Molecular Medicine & Translational Science at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Feldman's chief clinical interest is psoriasis--a chronic, physically and psychosocially disabling condition--and he was among the first authors to publish on the impact of COVID-19 on the treatment of psoriasis patients.
Veronica Emmerich is a medical student at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Before medicine, she studied political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara and biochemistry at North Carolina State University where she worked in a virology lab studying viruses that cause infectious diseases such as Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue fever.