This is the most up to date information regarding the virus. There are cases around us, and testing is limited to certain situations. Currently there is no vaccine for this virus.
Mildly ill patients should stay home and call for guidance. Please be aware we will be fielding many calls, and the best way may be leaving a message and we will call you back same day. Older patients and those with underlying medical conditions should call us early in the course of illness.
Patients with severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing should seek care immediately.
If you have runny nose, it may simply be a cold. The virus is spread mainly person-to-person By touching a surface or object that has virus on it and then touching the nose, mouth or eyes can also spread.
Symptoms of the virus can start with a dry cough and sore throat progressing over 2-9 days to fever and potentially pneumonia with shortness of breath. Older adults are at higher risk; those with chronic conditions (including diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and cancer) more-so. The virus is less harmful to children and younger adults.
Priorities for testing at this time:
Hospitalized patient with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19
Older adults, and individuals with chronic medical condition and or immuno-compromised state that may put them at higher risk.
Anyone who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 patient.
Anyone who has traveled from affected geographic areas within 14 days of their symptom onset.
World Health organization Who.int
In other news, we have a new member to our team, Greer Loveman-Krelle, N.P., B.S.N, R.N. who is starting Monday, March 16. She is a graduate of University of Southern California with a Masters of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, and is Board Certified. She will be caring for patients for wellness and sick visits, as well as implementing a nutrition program for our patients, and spearheading our Telehealth program which is in development at this time.