The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now a pandemic according to the WHO. The CDC says that this virus, which leads to respiratory illness is spreading exponentially. We know you have questions, so we have mobilized our doctors and telehealth platform to help keep you informed and as safe as possible.
COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that can easily spread from person to person. COVID-19 is new and has not previously been identified. People are reporting symptoms such as mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
People with decreased immunity, diabetes, lung disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, or women who are pregnant may experience more severe illness and are considered high risk if infected.
Medical experts continue to study the virus, but the most common way transmission is person to person. Therefore the best way to stop the spread is to stay home. Local authorities are already implementing special restrictions on gatherings, cancelling/postponing events, and businesses are allowing their employees to work remote. Do your part, by limiting your own movement.
Here are some tips you can use to keep yourself and loved ones healthy and virus-free:
The key is social distancing. Don’t travel. Avoid gatherings with large groups, which some municipalities are defining as 10 or more people in a confined space. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Help those around you by limiting your physical interactions!
Most importantly follow instructions from the CDC and local authorities. We understand that you have questions and are expecting answers. At present, the best source of information can be found on the CDC’s website, your primary care physician or family doctor, or the local authorities. Our virtual visits are informational in nature and should not be construed as specific medical advice. Our doctors can help evaluate your risk and help determine your next steps.