COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT & FAQ

Due to increased questions regarding the Coronavirus, we are asking patients to refer to the CDC’s website for the latest updates.  Please review the signs and symptoms as well as the potential risk for exposure.   Patients and families should follow the CDC’s recommendations for events, travel, and personal care.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
A Patient Resource*

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is caused by a virus that produces infection in the respiratory tract (lungs, throat, nose) of infected people.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms can be mild to severe and may include:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
These symptoms may appear from 2 to as many as 14 days after exposure to the SARS-CoV- 2 virus, which causes COVID-19.

How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person through respiratory secretions and droplets.

What can I do to protect myself from getting COVID-19?
• Avoid close contact with sick people when possible
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
• Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands
• You should be wearing  a face mask
What should I do if I think I have an infection with COVID-19?
• Call ahead before going to the doctor’s office or emergency department, if possible
• Tell them about your travel/contact with sick people/symptoms before you go
• Stay home except to get medical care
• Stay in one room, away from others who live with you
• Wear a facemask to protect others
• When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and discard it immediately
• If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into a flexed elbow – never into your hand
• Wash your hands as described above
• Do not share personal household items
• If you feel worse, seek medical care (call first)
What is the treatment for COVID-19?
• There is no specific treatment
• Take medication to relieve symptoms
• Call your doctor or call the emergency department if you feel short of breath

*This report is for you to use when talking with your healthcare provider. It is not a substitute for medical advice and treatment.