Every day we’re hearing more about the spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. It has been found in a number of other countries, as well as in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now calling it a global health threat.
What are the signs of COVID-19?
Symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. They may include:
Having trouble breathing
Feeling unwell or very run down or tired
Who has a greater chance of getting very sick from COVID-19?
People who could get seriously sick from COVID-19 include:
Anyone over age 60
People with severe long-term heart, lung, or kidney problems.
For more information, visit the CDC’s website.
Recommendations if I think I’m infected or someone I know is infected
Stay home if you have mild symptoms.
Call 1st Care Family Medical Clinic
Call the Arizona Health District at (602) 542-1025
If calling 1st Care Family Medical Clinic, please be patient as our call volumes are high during this time.
Where do I get the test?
If your doctor thinks you may have COVID-19, they will work with the CDC or your local health department to get you tested. Currently, the only test in the United States comes from the CDC.
How do I keep from catching COVID-19?
There’s still a lot to learn about the new virus, including how it spreads from person to person. But here are some general rules from WHO on how to protect yourself.
Practice Social Distancing as advised by local and national health officials. Read CDC's protocols here.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds . Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with an elbow or tissue. Then wash your hands right away.
Stay away from anyone who has a fever or a cough.
Don’t share cups or utensils with people who are sick.
If you have a fever or cough, see your doctor right away.
Don’t eat raw or undercooked animal products.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, like doorknobs or TV remotes.
If you’re planning to travel, stay up to date on the CDC’s travel warnings.
Our office is open with regular business hours to care for our patients and we are taking all possible precautions and safety procedures for our patients and our staff. We are also incorporating Telemedicine (video call consultation) to make it convenient for patients who are not able to physically come to the office.
If you have Fever, Shortness of Breath or Cough, we advise you to call us before you walk-in to the office so that you can be screened to determine the right treatment plan for you.
1st Care Family Medical will continue to coordinate with appropriate authorities and follow all guidance and protocols issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health departments.
It’s important to note that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild or asymptomatic, according to the World Health Organization. Like seasonal influenza, COVID-19 infection is more severe in patients with chronic underlying health conditions and the elderly.
More information about symptoms and prevention can be found on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.
Dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you have serious symptoms.