The difference between germs, bacteria and viruses
Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic invaded every aspect of our lives, healthcare terms like virus, bacteria and germs have become a part of mainstream communications. Although many of us use these words interchangeably, they have very different meanings and ways they affect our health.
Let’s take a look at the specifics so you can be informed and knowledgeable about the conversations happening right now.
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If you feel unwell and would like to consult your doctor, consider using telemedicine options. Providence Express Care Virtual connects you face-to-face with a nurse practitioner who can review your symptoms, provide instruction and follow-up as needed. If you need to find a doctor, you can use our provider directory or search for one in your area.
You can also learn how your state’s department of public health is responding to the situation:
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.