Some important information about the coronavirus we want to share our patients and their families.
The emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has generated many questions and much anxiety.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that typically cause mild colds. We see them year-round, although like all cold/cough viruses, and usually during winter.
COVID-19 is a novel (new) strain of Coronavirus. That means it’s something our immune systems have never seen before.
Because we are exposed to so many other viruses in the same family on a regular basis, we do seem to have some cross-immunity to this strain. This process is similar to how, even in seasons when the flu shot isn’t a terrific match, vaccinated individuals who catch the flu can fight it off very quickly. A healthy immune system recognizes the virus quickly and mounts an immune response.
Like other coronaviruses, COVID-19 will cause cold/cough symptoms, likely with a mild fever. Like other viruses, there is no treatment besides symptomatic care – acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), honey for coughs in kids older than 1 year, cool-mist humidifiers and suctioning for babies. Staying hydrated is important. Like other viruses, there is a greater concern for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
The spread of COVID-19 in other countries has been exacerbated by people flooding the ERs and medical offices. Don’t do that. If you or your family have mild cold symptoms, stay home! Please call us to cancel your appointment.
If you do develop significant respiratory issues (cough or shortness of breath), a prolonged fever (over 3 days) or appear significantly ill, please immediately contact your primary physician and proceed as advised.
Remember, the CDC announcement, medical treatments related to Coronavirus are FREE of charge, with or without insurance. No-copay, no-coinsurance, the deductible will be waived, and out-of-pocket does not apply.
Stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice):
- South Korea
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