What you need to know about COVID-19
Every day we’re hearing more about the spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. It has been found in a number of other countries, as well as in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now calling it a global health threat.
What are the signs of COVID-19?
Symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. They may include:
- Having trouble breathing
- Feeling unwell or very run down or tired
“We’re still learning how the virus acts and what we might expect,” said Dr. Richard Migliori, chief medical officer, UnitedHealth Group. “We have a team of experts working to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep people safe.”
Who has a greater chance of getting very sick from COVID-19?
People who could get seriously sick from COVID-19 include:
- Anyone over age 60
- People with severe long-term heart, lung, or kidney problems.
For more information, visit the CDC’s website.
Recommendations if I think I’m infected or someone I know is infected
- Stay home if you have mild symptoms.
- Call your 4C Medical Group, Part of OptumCare clinic.
- Call the Arizona Health District at (602) 542-1025.
If calling 4C Medical Group, please be patient as our call volumes are high during this time.
Where do I get the test?
If your doctor thinks you may have COVID-19, they will work with the CDC or your local health department to get you tested. Currently, the only test in the United States comes from the CDC.
How do I keep from catching COVID-19?
There’s still a lot to learn about the new virus, including how it spreads from person to person. But here are some general rules from WHO on how to protect yourself.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with an elbow or tissue. Then wash your hands right away.
- Stay away from anyone who has a fever or cough.
- Don’t share cups or utensils with people who are sick.
- If you have a fever or cough, see your doctor right away.
- Don’t eat raw or undercooked animal products.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, like doorknobs or TV remotes.
If you’re planning to travel, stay up to date on the CDC’s travel warnings.
We are taking all possible precautions and safety procedures for our patients and our staff. 4C Medical Group will continue to coordinate with appropriate authorities and follow all guidance and protocols issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health departments.
It’s important to note that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild or asymptomatic, according to the World Health Organization. Like seasonal influenza, COVID-19 infection is more severe in patients with chronic underlying health conditions and the elderly.
More information about symptoms and prevention can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov.
Dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you have a serious illness or injury such as, bleeding that won’t stop; chest pain or shortness of breath; or numbness in the face, arm or leg.
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