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23 March 2020

Coronavirus FAQs

***Thanks to AdventHealth for the following information.***

What is the novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. The new strain, known as COVID-19, was first found in Wuhan, China, in late 2019.

What are other forms of coronavirus?

There are multiple strains of coronaviruses that are common around the world. More severe strains include MERS or SARS, which were responsible for previous severe outbreaks.

How do you get it?

It’s believed that the virus originally came from an animal, but research has found that it can now spread person-to-person. You can learn more about the transmission of the novel coronavirus here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.

What are some symptoms of novel coronavirus?

Common coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, much like the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath may appear. Coronaviruses can also sometimes cause illnesses like pneumonia and bronchitis. Most patients with respiratory symptoms do not have COVID-19 and likely have a more common illness like the flu.

I have symptoms. What do I do?

If you haven’t recently traveled to one of the impacted areas, it’s not likely you have the virus. However, if you’ve recently visited an impacted area or been in contact with someone who has, and are showing signs of the infection, we encourage you to speak with a doctor. The best way to do this is to call your primary care physician, closest urgent care, or make a telemedicine appointment.

I have symptoms and I’m immunocompromised. What should I do?

If you’re immunocompromised or have other underlying health conditions, and you have coronavirus symptoms, please contact your primary care physician for personalized recommendations.

I have symptoms and severe respiratory distress. What should I do?

If you have severe respiratory distress with symptoms that include a fever, cough, shortness of breath etc., we recommend calling your primary care physician or closest urgent care.

I don’t have symptoms, but I’m worried because I may have been exposed to the virus. What should I do?

If you don’t have any symptoms but are concerned for another reason, we recommend monitoring yourself at home. We encourage you to call your primary care physician, as they can offer care personalized to your specific case. 

How is it treated?

Right now, there’s no specific treatment for coronavirus. Patients who have the virus will receive supportive medical care to help relieve symptoms.

Is there a vaccine?

At this time, there’s no vaccine to protect against coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Am I at risk?

Your local Department of Health will be able to provide more information about your area’s level of risk. However, whether or not you’re in an impacted area, you can take measures to minimize the spread of the virus, such as routine hand-washing and staying home, especially if you’re sick.

How can I protect myself?

There are a few things you can do to minimize risk to yourself and help protect others. First, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. If you are sick, stay home and minimize the risk of infecting those around you. Stay apprised of state and government mandates that may require staying at home for everything except essential outings.

Should I be concerned if my loved ones or I have recently traveled to an impacted area?

If you or a loved one have recently visited an impacted area and are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, we encourage you to speak with a doctor. The best way to do this is to call your primary care physician, closest urgent care, or make a telemedicine appointment.

I had a trip planned. What do I do?

At this time, everyone should limit any nonessential travel. The CDC has outlined additional measures for anyone planning to travel abroad. You can review their guidance here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

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