Covid-19 Advice and Tips
The world has changed these past weeks and we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and everybody around us safe. It is vital to heed advice and take precautions while trying to maintain perspective and an element of calm.
So here’s what we want you to know:
1. Coronavirus symptoms are sore throat, dry cough, fever, headache, malaise – similar to the Flu symptoms we all know.
The virus can lead to pneumonia causing high fever and shortness of breath. It is imperative to seek immediate attention if you have any difficulty at all in breathing. But, if you have a runny nose and sputum you probably have a cold and not the Covid-19.
2. The virus is contagious. It is spread mainly in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. All the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious. This is why there are constant reminders out there to wash your hands frequently as the virus can live on your hands for several minutes and during that time you may be touching your face and rubbing your eyes. Wearing a mask is not recommended if you are well and should only be used by people who show symptoms to prevent the spread of the virus they may be carrying.
3. If you are experiencing symptoms OR/AND have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus OR/AND have traveled to one of the affected countries, like Italy or Iran, then you have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Testing sites are in short supply and many patients are being turned away or simply not tested at this time. They triage each case at a time.
It is important however to keep well and safe at home and heed all advice from health and government officials. For non-urgent care and for prescription refills, our health care providers are available as always by phone or email.
For more information on what you should do and if you are feeling unwell, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE SO WE CAN GIVE YOU THE LATEST ADVICE. STAY SAFE!
The CDC is also a good and reliable source of information (click here to open -. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)