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What it is?

This information is provided as a courtesy, so please consult your primary care physician with any questions.

​This is a new strain of viruses that range from the common cld to more serious diseases, affecting humans and animals.  The virus is related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

What are the symptoms?

​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, shortness of breath,  and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

How to prevent the spread of Covid-19?

​The virus is thought to spread from person to person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet).  The spread can occur before people show symptoms.  

The CDC recommends:

  • Frequent hand washing

  • Cover any cough

  • Limit groups to ten or less

  • Maintain six feet from another person

  • Stay inside as much as possible, work from home

We offer Online Therapy so you do not have to venture outside.  

Take everyday precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Take everyday preventive actions​
  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

When to Seek Medical Attention from DC website.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

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