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With all the news hype going around, it’s easy to start panicking about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The disease has officially reached America and many states are reporting cases. While it poses a threat to the health of many Americans, most people who have contracted the virus only show mild symptoms similar to those of the common cold or the flu.
We understand how frightening this situation is becoming to many people with so many businesses and schools shutting down, so we’re here to provide you with steps you can take to try to help prevent infection, to keep you updated on local COVID-19 news, and to even provide care to those who have been affected by the disease.
Check out the latest news on COVID-19 and our Coronavirus FAQ below. If you have any questions or concerns, please schedule a virtual visit or stop in for a checkup and speak directly with one of our providers. If needed, we now also offer dedicated COVID-19 testing centers!
Take a look at our frequently asked questions. Check back often as we will add new questions as they arise!
What are the symptoms?
The coronavirus disease 2019 exhibits symptoms that are similar to other respiratory illnesses. Mild symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, and runny nose. Severe cases often cause shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. These severe cases can develop into pneumonia, so seek care immediately if you start displaying symptoms.
How does it spread?
The coronavirus disease 2019 is still a new disease, so we are still learning exactly how it spreads. Though, we can confirm that is spreads from person-to-person. Standing within six feet of an infected person increases your chances of catching the coronavirus. The disease also spreads through droplets expelled from an infected person coughing or sneezing. According to the CDC, touching a contaminated object or surface can potentially lead to infection, but that isn’t believed to be the main method of spreading.
How can I avoid getting sick?
There is no sure-fire way to avoid getting the coronavirus as a vaccine has not yet been created for the disease. The best way to avoid getting sick, though, is to avoid close contact with someone who has been infected. We also recommend taking precautions that you would normally take to avoid getting the flu, such as washing your hands.
Do I have to wash my hands? Won’t hand sanitizer be good enough?
HealthCARE Express, and the CDC, recommend you wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, especially if you have come into contact with a contaminated person or surface. Using hand sanitizer with 60-90% alcohol content can help prevent infection if soap and water are not readily available.
Should I wear a face mask?
While it certainly doesn’t hurt to wear a face mask, the CDC doesn’t recommend that people who aren’t infected with COVID-19 wear one. If you are infected, though, wearing a mask is recommended to help lessen the chance of spreading the virus. If you are in close contact with someone who is infected, such as a parent treating a sick child, wearing a mask may be beneficial.
What age groups are most affected?
Surprisingly, unlike many other diseases, the age group that seems most affected by COVID-19 are adults. Children that have been infected with the disease show much milder symptoms than adults. Older adults, especially those who have conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes, are the most at risk at developing more severe cases of the illness.
Can HealthCARE Express test for COVID-19?
We can! However, we will only test patients showing symptoms or those who are at risk.
Should I stock up on supplies and stay home?
In case of an outbreak, it may be wise to keep a good stock of food and other necessary supplies. The CDC also recommends that you stock up on necessary medications, especially for those who are more susceptible to the virus to limit the need to go out and risk infection. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Can my pet catch or spread the coronavirus?
So far, there is no sign that companion animals can become infected with COVID-19. Although, it is wise to wash your hands after coming into contact with one of your pets, especially if you are in a home with someone who has been infected.
When should I seek healthcare if I think I may have coronavirus?
You should seek care as soon as you begin to have difficulty breathing or you start to have a high fever.
How long does it take to show symptoms?
The incubation period for the disease is between 2-14 days. Symptoms can start to show or develop between that time.
Should I keep my children home from school, or should I stay home from work?
If you or your child are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, it is best to stay home.
Will warmer weather stop the spread of the virus?
It is common for respiratory illnesses to be more rampant in cold weather, but we still aren’t sure if the spread of the virus will lessen when the weather gets warmer.
Can the virus be spread through food?
According to the CDC, there is currently no evidence that the virus can spread through food. It is largely a person-to-person transmitted disease.
What’s the best way to disinfect and clean my home and belongings?
When you go to clean and disinfect surfaces in your home, be sure to wear disposable gloves! First, clean the surface with a detergent or with soap and water. Next, on hard surfaces, you should use a solution of ⅓ cup of bleach per gallon of water for thorough disinfection. On other surfaces, it is best to use diluted bleach, a rubbing alcohol solution, or other household disinfectants. For soft items, follow the laundering instructions per the manufacturer, using as warm of water as possible. Be sure to dry thoroughly!
How long does COVID-19 remain on surfaces?
Studies have shown that COVID-19 can survive on copper for up to 4 hours, 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel! These studies also show the droplets in the air from an infected person’s cough can remain there for up to 3 hours.
What demographic is most at risk?
People who are 60 years or older are most at risk of more dangerous effects of the coronavirus.