COVID-19 is a respiratory sickness caused by a virus that came from Hubei Province, China. The virus, called SARS-CoV-2, causes respiratory symptoms ranging from mild cough and nasal congestion to more severe symptoms like trouble breathing. Most people who get this virus will recover on their own within 1-2 weeks.
Individuals who have been to an area with known widespread COVID-19 infection within the past 14 days and now have fever, cough, or trouble breathing.
Individuals who have had close contact with a patient with known COVID-19 infection and now have fever, cough, or trouble breathing.
Individuals who do not meet one of the above criteria are at very low risk for having COVID-19 and may not need to be tested.
Patients over the age of 65, those with chronic heart, lung, or kidney disease, or those with a compromised immune system are at a higher risk for having more severe complications from COVID-19.
At this time, there is no cure or vaccine for the virus itself, so treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms of the infection. Options that your healthcare provider may offer include medicines to help with fever, cough, wheezing, nasal congestion, etc.
If you are having trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or other severe symptoms, you should call 911 immediately.
If you are having milder symptoms, such as cough, wheeze, nasal congestion, or fever, please call your nearest Stopwatch location and notify the receptionist that you may be at risk for COVID-19. Our friendly healthcare staff will help guide you through the next steps and advise you regarding what time you should come in for a visit and possible testing.
There are several steps you and your family can take to help reduce your chances of getting sick, and prevention is always the best medicine.
More information on COVID-19 may be found on the CDC's website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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