Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus, which carries a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Watch for symptoms
Many of the COVID-19 symptoms resemble other regular colds, allergies, or chronic respiratory conditions. This makes it very difficult to actually rule out if the symptoms you’re experiencing are actually COVID-19 or not. However, we would rather be safe than sorry. Some symptoms can range from mild-severe. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Some of the reported symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Fever or chills
New loss of taste or smell
Nausea or vomiting
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
When to seek Emergency Medical Attention:
- Trouble breathing
- New confusion
- Bluish lips or face
- Inability to wake up or stay awake
*Once again this list is not all possible symptoms and continue to refer to CDC.gov for frequent updates
Please be sure to visit the CDC website as this list does not include all possible symptoms and the list continues to update as they learn more about COVID-19.
How does it spread?
- The virus is spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouth, nose, or by any way of entry into the body.
- How can you help prevent transmission of the virus?
Handwashing is the number one way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
WASH your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Use of a hand sanitizer with at least 60% of alcohol base, but please remember to wash your hands even after multiple use of the hand sanitizer. Cover all the surfaces of your hands and rub them together until dry. Don’t forget to get under those nails as bacteria can hide under those areas.
- Periodically clean your and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Be sure to wash your hands after using the restroom, before eating, and after eating.
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 arms length) from other people while out in public areas as best as you can. Social distancing and refrain from being around large crowds.
- Wear a face mask whenever going out in public to protect yourself as well as those at high-risk of contracting COVID-19. Please remember the face mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
1) Viral tests (current infection)
2) Antibody testing (past infection or exposure to virus)
Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or may have come in contact with an individual with COVID-19. Coupet Quality Clinic can further assist in getting you set up with an appointment to get tested (CDC, 2020).