About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in

Wuhan, China.

Transmission

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

 

 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • Possible but less likely: A person who is infected but does not have symptoms, or from droplets of an infected person which are on surfaces. 

Prevention

 People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Fo rmore information, please review the CDC website.

  • If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

    • Stay home when you are sick. 

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    • Wear a face mask.

Symptoms

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

COVID-19 can present with mild cold symptoms especially in children and youth. If you come into close contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19, stay home, and self quarantine for 14 days. If you have any questions or develop symptoms, please call one of our locations.

Click here to learn how to self quarantine.

Symptoms that can lead to serious illness include shortness of breath (SOB).  If you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, we recommend that you come in the the Benbrook Emergency Room to be tested. 

More serious stages of this illness can have altered consciousness, blueish lips, and extreme fatigue. If you have these symptoms we ask that you go to the nearest Emergency Room.

Treatment

There is no definitive cure for COVID-19 at this time, however, treatments are currently in the preliminary phases of FDA testing. 

There have been reports in news about the effectiveness of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. The practitioners at TotalCare are utilizing these medications on a case by case basis. 

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.

Difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

While the flu (Influenza) can have similar symptoms, it usually presents with body aches, headache, and fever.  There is a medication for the flu (Tamiflu) and it is easily tested for with a nasal swab that can have results back in 20 minutes. If you suspect that you have the flu, please call one of our clinics.