FACTS about COVID-19:

  • Known affected geographic regions significantly affected around the globe currently include:
    • China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran
  • Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time.  Close contact can occur while living with, caring for, visiting, sharing a waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or having direct contact with secretions (ie. Being directly coughed on) by a COVID-19 confirmed case.
  • Covid-19 is in the family of Coronaviruses that can infect humans and some animals.  It is believed to have originated from infected animals in a market in Wuhan, China.  It has since spread person-to-person in multiple countries.  Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, with a small percentage resulting in death.  The virus is most dangerous for older persons and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or immune compromised states.
  • Symptoms may appear within 2-14 days of exposure, and consist of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Research is ongoing for effective vaccinations and treatment. 

Prevention of exposure and spread:

  • If you think you may have been exposed or have symptoms, call us before coming to the office, so we can be prepared with appropriate evaluation protocols and proper protective equipment to protect others as we care for you.
  • Avoid persons who are sick.  Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes/nose/mouth).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue. Then throw the tissue away rather than reusing.  If tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  Wash vigorously for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with regular household disinfectant sprays or wipes.

For more information, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/CORONAVIRUS