Coronavirus What you need to know...
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus. It has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people and there is not a treatment.
Find out the basics with this video from the World Health Organization.
Frequently Asked Questions
Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:
- the air by coughing and sneezing
- close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
Do not come into the clinic. Instead, call your healthcare provider to identify the safest way to receive care. Let them know if you have traveled to an affected area within the last 14 days.
Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
- wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.
There are no medications specifically approved for coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
Virginia Garcia clinics does not have the ability to test for Covid-19. If you are experiencing a fever, cough and shortness of breath, please call your clinic and request to talk with your provider. They will contact you to discuss your symptoms and determine the next steps for your care.
The Covid-19 virus is believed to be spread through direct contact or droplets. It is not an airborne virus and cannot be spread through the air. Masks should be worn by those experiencing symptoms or those caring for individuals with symptoms (ie: health care providers).
Knowledge is power. If you hear something that doesn't sound right, fact check it. There are plenty of resources available that can help you determine what is truth and what is fiction.
- An informational video from the World Health Organization is the best place to start
- CDC Updates
- World Health Organization Updates
- Quick look chart from John's Hopkins
- Get your local information from those in the know: Oregon Health Authority Updates