The process of closely monitoring those who are exposed to an infected person. It includes identifying contacts of the infected person, listing and informing those contacts of the infected person, and following up to check up on contacts’ infection and symptoms.
Referral – A direction from a more general professional, like a primary care physician, to a specialist for further action
Refers to people who carry the active COVID-19 virus, but do not develop symptoms
Cortisol The body’s primary stress hormone Cortisol levels in the blood affect the regulation of many parts of the body, like blood pressure, sleep cycles, and blood-sugar levels. Continuous stress, and therefore chronically higher levels of cortisol, can lead to headaches, weight gain, sleep disturbances, depression and anxiety, and heart disease.
COVID-19: an infectious disease in the coronavirus family. It is called “new” or “novel” because it is recently discovered.COVID-19
Statewide Mitigation activities across the state to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 impact. Visitor restrictions and stay-at-home orders are some examples in PA A detailed list of activities and what it means for you is available here: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#StatewideMitigation
Social Distancing Keeping a distance of 3 feet between yourself and other people, especially anyone coughing or sneezing. The World Health Organization advises social distancing as a prevention tactic for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in addition to frequent hand washing and coughing or sneezing into one’s elbow Come back Friday for more detailed information about social distancing
Acute Symptoms happening suddenly and severely, usually for a shorter amount of time.
Leading Health Indicator A health objective of the Healthy People 2020 plan that is considered high priority, and in need of focused solutions to address.
Cirrhosis Later stages of liver scarring that can decrease liver functioning. Caused by diseases and conditions such as hepatitis or alcoholism.
Social Determinants of Health Factors of an individual’s social and environmental interactions that have an impact on health risks and outcomes.
Metabolic syndrome Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors which, when present, greatly increase an individual’s risk of developing coronary heart disease or type-2 diabetes. They are: insulin resistance (or high blood glucose levels), hypertension, abnormal blood lipids, and obesity. As with pre-cancer, the presence of these risk factors DO NOT mean you will…