COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a virus strain spreading from person-to-person.  Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. In general, human coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, in rare cases, contact with feces.

Symptoms of COVID-19: People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell or a general feeling of being unwell.

However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.  

Prevention:

  • Steps you can take to prevent spread of the flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
  • wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer,
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands,
  • avoid contact with people who are sick,
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others,
  • cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Wear a face covering when you are in a public setting
  • Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

If you think you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before you go to the office.