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As healthcare providers, it is our duty to keep our patients informed with the latest and most up-to-date information possible to ensure safety and security both in and out of our facility. This page provides insight to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, and a hotline that is available for you to call with any further questions or concerns.
You can find the latest CDC updates HERE
Due to COVID-19 being a new virus, our knowledge and understanding of it is ever evolving. It has officially been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. The degree to which people are affected varies from person to person, and side effects can range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms experienced are:
Shortness of breath
If you feel as though yo are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your physician for direction and guidance on getting tested. Do not go into your physician's office without calling first, to reduce the risk of infecting others.
If you are experiencing severe trouble breathing, call 911.
How does it spread?
Evidence suggests that the virus spreads via person-to-person contact, within a distance of about 6 feet. It can also be spread via respiratory droplets like that from a sneeze or cough. It is also possible to be exposed to the virus after coming in contact with a surface that has been in contact with the virus, and then touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth without washing your hands.
How can I protect myself and my family?
The best way to protect yourself is by practicing good hand hygiene. It's essential that you and those you are in close quarters with are washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap. It's also important to avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth without washing your hands first.
What should I do if a case of COVID-19 is found in my community?
If an outbreak occurs, it is important to stay calm and stay prepared. Stay home and away from public places whenever possible. Keep up with your local news to stay informed about the situation in your area. Continually practice every day precautions such as cleaning surfaces and your hands frequently. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone and email as opposed to meeting in person.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
If possible, avoid traveling as that may increase your risk of exposure. You can keep track of travel risk assessments by area here. If traveling is absolutely necessary, continue to take extra precaution by washing your hands frequently, and minimizing the amount of contact you have with outside surfaces and people.
How is COVID-19 diagnosed and treated?
Your healthcare provider will examine you and your symptoms for correlations relating to COVID-19. If they suspect you have the virus, they will move forward with testing.
There is no current available anti-viral treatment for those with COVID-19, and treatment is focused on relieving symptoms.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and there is always new information, so it's important to make sure you get your information from reliable sources. You can access the latest information and updates from these resources:
If you have additional questions or concerns and would like to speak with one of our healthcare providers, please call our hotline at (630) 906-1800.
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