As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, Care Clinic is committed to your health and safety. We are constantly monitoring the CDC and WHO websites and taking necessary precautions. We would like to ask for your help in protecting you, all of our patients, and our staff. We ask that you contact our office to reschedule your appointment for a telemedicine visit so we can make alternative arrangements for your continuing care if:
1) you have a fever, cough or recently traveled abroad (especially to China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran)
2) OR, if you have been exposed to someone potentially infected with the Coronavirus.
Also, you should be sure to contact your primary care physician.
We thank you for your help in keeping our patients, families and staff safe. We will let you know of any changes as more information becomes available. Please read below for further information about the coronavirus.
How does coronavirus spread?
The virus may 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
How can I prevent getting coronavirus?
Currently there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
● Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick
● Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
● Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
● WEARING A FACE MASK OF ANY KIND IS NOT EFFECTIVE and is not advisable as a preventative measure (a mask IS advised for the infected person only to avoid spread through coughing or sneezing)
How severe is coronavirus?
People infected have had illness that has ranged from mild (like a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires medical care in a hospital. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions.
What are the symptoms?
People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have symptoms that may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
How is coronavirus treated?
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some people develop pneumonia and need medical care or treatment in a hospital.
For more information:
New York Corona Virus Hotline Call 1-888-364-3065 for Information about Coronavirus
www.cdc.gov/travel for the latest travel guidance from the CDC