Coronavirus Pandemic

(COVID-19)

 

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Coronavirus FAQ’s

Below are several frequently asked questions in regards to the Coronavirus.

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
 

How does Coronavirus spread?

The virus primarily spreads from person to person when the respiratory droplets of an infected person are ejected by a cough, sneeze, laugh or even talking. These droplets can land in the mouths or the nose of people or be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that the virus spread by touching the surface that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose, eyes or inhaling it into the lungs. A study of the coronaviruses has shown the virus to remain on metal, glass or plastic from 2 hours to nine days. However, Coronaviruses are fairly easy to destroy. They can be killed by an ethanol, hydrogen peroxide or a bleach based cleaner.

Patients should avoid physical contact with others and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Washing your hands before touching your face is the number one priority to protect yourself. You may also follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask at the following link

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
 
More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
People may experience:
cough
fever
tiredness
difficulty breathing (severe cases)

How do I prevent getting Coronavirus?

There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
 
Do
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
 
 
Patients over the age of 70 years old are encouraged to remain home
 
 
 
 
Don’t
Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
Attend large functions such as concerts and sporting events
Don’t disregard ongoing recomendations from the CDC
 
 
 
 
 
 

Are you able to test for Coronavirus?

Due to our limited availability of Coronavirus testing kits we are encouraging patients with mild symptoms to contact the Department of Health or visit your nearest Advent Health Centra Care for testing.

Are you able to treat for Coronavirus?

There is no specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People may need supportive care to help them breathe in severe situations.
 
Self Care:
If you have mild symptoms, stay at home until you’ve recovered. You can relieve your symptoms if you:
rest and sleep
keep warm
drink plenty of liquids
use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

 

If you develop a fever, cough, and have difficulty breathing, promptly seek medical care. You must call in advance and tell our reception team of any recent travel or recent contact with travelers or anyone confirmed to have Covid-19. Telemedicine visits are being scheduled for anyone exhibiting sick symptoms. Patients suspected to have Covid-19 will be encouraged to go to offsite testing locations and if emergency medical treatment is required to Call 911.  

What if I don’t want to leave my house?

If you’re worried that by leaving your house you may come in contact with COVID-19, Altamonte MD offers our own telemedicine options for you. You will be able to discuss current health conditions with one of our healthcare providers in the comfort of your home. For more information on telemedicine click here. 

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