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Contact Tracing

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.

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Get to Know Your Words: Asymptomatic, Presymptomatic, Mildly Symptomatic

Asymptomatic

Refers to people who carry the active COVID-19 virus, but do not develop symptoms

Presymptomatic

Refers to people who have been infected and are incubating the virus but aren’t showing symptoms yet.

Mildly Symptomatic

Those who feel slightly unwell due to COVID-19 infection, such as a cold or mild fever symptoms.

While fever, cough, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of COVID-19, some carriers of the illness show little or no symptoms. It isn’t clear how many people are asymptomatic carriers, or how much asymptomatic individuals spread the disease,  but this caveat makes it all the more important to practice social distancing, stay home, and wear a mask while in public. 

Word Wednesday - Asymptomatic
Word Wednesday - presymptomatic
Word Wednesday - mildly symptomatic
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Get to know your words: Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis

Later stages of liver scarring that can decrease liver functioning. Caused by diseases and conditions such as hepatitis or alcoholism.

Cirrhosis
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Get to know your words: Acute

Acute

Symptoms happening suddenly and severely, usually for a shorter amount of time.

Acute
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Get to know your words: Leading Health Indicator

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.

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Get to know your words: Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health

Factors of an individual’s social and environmental interactions that have an impact on health risks and outcomes. 

Social Determinants of Health
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Get to know your words: Metabolic syndrome

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 develop a disease. Knowing if you have this syndrome is helpful to monitor your health more closely to prevent and treat possible health complication.

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Get to know your words: Perinatal

Perinatal

The period of time immediately before and after birth. Can describe from 5 months before birth to 4 weeks after.

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Get to know your words: Cortisol

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.

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Get to know your words: Thoracic

Thoracic

Between the neck and the abdomen. The thoracic cavity is where the heart and lungs are in humans and other mammals

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Get to know your words: Pre-Cancer

Pre-Cancer

Cells are present that have grown abnormally

It is important to note that pre-cancer DOES NOT mean you will develop cancer. It means a higher risk of cancer developing at some point. It is a sign that closer monitoring is needed to catch any cancer development early, or even to prevent it from developing at all.



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