Utilizing information from the CDC, we want to keep our patients and staff informed about COVID-19:
How it spreads:
COVID- 19 originated in bats and is suggested to have originally spread from animal-to-person contact.
As the virus continued to spread, it became evident that we now have person-to-person spread.
Risk of Exposure:
At this time, immediate risk of exposure is still low for most Americans but as the outbreak expands the potential risk of exposure will increase.
Individuals in areas where mass community spreads as occurred, caring for individuals with COVID-19, and travelers who have been traveling internationally are at great risk of exposure.
Those at severe risk include, elderly adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and immunodeficient disorders.
How to Prevent Illness:
A recent study indicated that COVID-19, can survive up to 4 hours on copper surfaces, 24 hours on carboard, and 48-72hrs on plastic or stainless steel.
The following preventive measures should be used to ensure that the virus does not continue to spread quickly amongst individuals:
Clean your hands often (soap and water or sanitizer)
Avoid Close Contact: Maintain approximately 6ft from other individuals
Stay Home if you are sick
Cover coughs and sneezes
Clean and Disinfect: Utilizing regular household disinfectants will work and clean high-touch surfaces daily
Look for symptoms:
Symptoms will result in 2-14 days after exposure and include:
Fever, Cough, and shortness of breath
Emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing, pain in chest, confusion, and bluish lips or face. Contact medical assistance immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.