What is Coronavirus or COVID-19?
How does it spread?
While a lot is being learned about this new virus what we do know at this time is that it is spread via droplets found in the air after someone sneezes or coughs. Droplet spread does not spread far in the air however because of its weight will fall onto surfaces or the ground within seconds.
What are symptoms?
How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
What are the treatment options?
Despite what you here there is no treatment for COVID-19 at this time. NONE! I stress this because there are many reports regarding possible usage of medications such as Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin however neither of these drugs has been proven to be effective in treatment of this illness and the risks of these medications used together or even alone include arrhythmia, blurred or loss of vision which can be permanent, heart failure, angioedema—swelling of the skin. I stress no matter what you hear the FDA has not approved either drug for treatment in COVID-19 cases.
How deadly is the infection?
Should I be tested?
According to the CDC not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. The CDC has specific guidance for patients as well as providers on who should be tested.
If you aren’t sure talk with you primary care provider about your symptoms and discuss if testing is necessary.
What to do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you were not tested but suspected that you were positive and as a result self-quarantine the guidelines are you can end your quarantine if you have not had a fever for 72+ hours (without the use of medication) AND your symptoms have improved AND 7 days have passed since your symptoms first started.
Where can I get more information?
The CDC website is a very reputable source and the best (in my opinion) source for information so start there. Another source to use if your primary care provider. If you have questions schedule a virtual visit or telephone visit with your primary care provider to discuss symptoms or concerns. As providers part of our job includes education.
In the end remember we are all in this together! We will get through this together by being well informed, cautious, and patient.
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