FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Winters
March 13, 2020 830-258-7628
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. This group of respiratory viruses can cause illnesses from the common cold to pneumonia with symptoms being mild to moderate
What is Novel COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new (novel) coronavirus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• shortness of breath
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
Call your primary care provider or the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region 8 at (210)949-2121.
What should I do if I recently traveled internationally to the countries currently experiencing cases of COVID-19
If you traveled internationally to the countries that have been identified as high incidence of cases of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should get medical care. Call the office of your health care provider before you go and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus and take precautions listed above.
How do I get tested for COVID-19?
Peterson Health is following the Texas State Department of Health and the Center for Disease and Control guidelines for testing. Per the Department of State Health Services, only individuals with appropriate symptoms who have a known exposure to a positive patient or traveled internationally to the countries that have been identified as high incident cases of COVID-19 will be tested.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 will receive medical care to help relieve symptoms.
How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
I see people in the community wearing masks. Should I be doing that?
No. Health officials in the U.S do not recommend the use of masks among the general public. The purpose of wearing a mask is to prevent germs from infecting others. So, “cover your cough” masks are only need for patients who are demonstrating signs of illness.