What You Need to Know About Coronavirus
Coronavirus – FAQ’s
Many of our patients have reached out with common questions. Below you will find the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including guidance on how to keep yourself and loved ones healthy. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of coronavirus, including:
- Wash your hands thoroughly or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and encourage family to do the same.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands. No tissue? Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
How serious is this virus and what are the range of symptoms?
Most people will only have mild symptoms, but some can become very sick. Symptoms can include fever, cough, a stuffy and runny nose, or shortness of breath.
How long before symptoms of the virus appear?
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure.
What happens if I’ve been exposed to someone with the virus or diagnosed with COVID-19?
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, before going to your primary care physician’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms and any recent travel. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your healthcare provider will determine whether or not you need to come in to be evaluated. Avoid contact with others and wear a face mask if you need to leave your home when you are sick.
I have a trip planned. Should I cancel it?
The CDC provides recommendations—called travel notices—on postponing or canceling travel. These notices are based on assessments of the potential health risks involved in traveling to a certain area. Here is a list of destinations with travel notices.
What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?
If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They 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.