We recognize that there is a lot of information in the news about the coronavirus (COVID-19). As your trusted healthcare partner, we want to share directly with you information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure you have the most up-to-date information and can participate in your own prevention of coronavirus.
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 can experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Complications from the illness can develop into pneumonia in both lungs. Currently there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19.
How do I prevent coronavirus?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions you can take.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces.
What should I do if I or someone in my family recently traveled out of the country or to a community in the United States where coronavirus is present and I got sick?
If you or someone in your family traveled outside of the country or to a community in the United States that has sustained transmission of coronavirus within the past 14 days and you now feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please give us a call. Let us know about you or your family’s travel and symptoms. We will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
What should I do if I think I have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please give us a call. We will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
As always, if you have any health concerns, please call our office and speak to a member of your care team. We value the opportunity to care for your healthcare needs and are here to answer your questions or concerns about COVID-19.
If you'd like to learn more, you can also click on the image below to navigate you to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's page on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).