Things to know about COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus was first identified as the cause of a respiratory illness outbreak in Wuhan, China. This flu-like virus is very serious, with confirmed cases and deaths in the U.S. rising.
What are the symptoms?
· Shortness of breath
Similar to influenza, people at a serious risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms are those who suffer from chronic disease and weakened immune systems. Older persons are also at a more serious risk.
How is COVID-19 transmitted?
The virus is thought to spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
How can you reduce the risk of getting COVID-19?
The best way to prevent becoming ill is to avoid being exposed to the virus in the first place.
To reduce the risk, health experts recommend taking the following everyday precautions:
· Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds minimum.
· Clean and disinfect any surfaces you frequently touch (like your phone, computer keyboard, desks, etc.).
· When sneezing or coughing, always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
· Stay home if you are feeling sick (cough, fever, trouble breathing).
· Avoid close contact of any kind with sick individuals.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
You can find more information on the CDC prevention webpage (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html).
What if I am experiencing symptoms?
If you have symptoms, you must first consult with a physician (a virtual visit can qualify as a screening). Please call us to see if you qualify for testing and how to proceed, at (269) 945-3401.