The coronavirus pandemic has officially reached the United States. Patients are feeling confused and afraid as information changes and the number of cases grows. While it’s easy to worry about this virus, it’s also important to know the facts. Below, we will give you some basic information about COVID-19 so you can feel prepared and informed.
What is Coronavirus?
The word coronavirus is an umbrella term that describes many viruses. The current coronavirus that is spreading is called SARS-CoV-2. This particular coronavirus causes a disease called COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, just like the flu. However, the flu and COVID-19 have different symptoms and treatment protocols.
Key Signs and Symptoms
Fever, shortness of breath, and a dry cough are the three key symptoms that most COVID-19 patients experience. These symptoms can range from very mild to very severe. They can develop anywhere from two to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus.
Who is at Risk?
COVID-19 is highly contagious. Experts are predicting that the number of cases in the US will continue to rise. However, about 80% of people who get COVID-19 will get a mild version of it. Patients over 60 and people with chronic illnesses are at risk for developing a more serious form of the disease. Follow the CDC’s advice if you are a high-risk individual.
Should I Visit the Doctor?
If you believe you have COVID-19, call your doctor before you visit their practice. They will need to prepare the office in order to see you. Sick patients should also follow CDC guidelines to prevent the disease from spreading. Of course, please seek emergency care if you develop life-threatening symptoms, such as an inability to breathe.
Your Health Matters
We understand that you might feel panicked about the coronavirus. While this is understandable, don’t let fear stop you from being proactive about your health. Keeping generally healthy is always important, but it’s especially crucial at a time like this. Our clinic is continuously updating its policies to ensure that our patients and staff members stay healthy. Click here to learn about our coronavirus protocol. You can also call us at 281-968-4096 if you have questions about these policies.