The coronavirus is a virus that can be spread from person to person that was first identified in an investigation outbreak in Wuhan, China. The virus is spread through contact with people or objects that have been infected by the virus.
Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include:
- Sore throat lasting 3-4 days
- Shortness of breath
What can you to help prevent the spread of the virus?
- Stay home from work, schools, public areas if you feel like you are getting sick
- Stay away from those that are sick
- Wash your hands regularly and participate in good hand hygiene. The virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes but a lot can happen in that time. Try to prevent yourself from touching your face, mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (this can be done with household items such as bleach).
- If you have traveled from an affected area, seek medical advice if you have the symptoms listed above. Think about going on a two week voluntary quarantine even if you are not showing symptoms.
- Drink plenty of water. Drinking warm water is recommended against all viruses. It is recommended to gargle with salt water as a prevention.
- If you think you have symptoms related to COVID-19, discontinue use of any NSAID products (including but not limited to ibuprofen, Advil, or Aleve)
What we are doing in my practice and will continue to do in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- No handshaking! We use elbow bump or toe taps here at our office.
- We use our elbows to turn on any light switches, elevator buttons, etc. To pump gas we use disposable gloves or paper towels, if available, in addition to hand sanitizer immediately after pumping gas.
- We open doors with closed fist or hip – we do not grasp the handle unless absolutely necessary. This is especially important with bathrooms and public areas.
- We use disinfectant wipes to wipe down all common areas including but not limited to door handles and light fixtures.
- We wash our hands for 10-20 seconds and use hand sanitizer when leaving a public area or activity.
For all other information regarding COVID-19 please refer to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf. We will keep you updated as we learn new information. Stay healthy and safe from all of us here at Dr. Amy T. Bandy Medical Corporation.