Your well-being and safety is our top priority.
In the weeks ahead as we must all work together to limit the likelihood and quickly flatten the curve of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
What we know about COVID-19 in the state of Arizona:
- 9 cases are presumed positive (awaiting confirmatory testing from the Centers for Disease Control)
- 1 case confirmed in Pima County – patient recently returned after traveling to an area that has community spread of the virus; The person lives in an unincorporated area of Pima County and is recovering at home in isolation. The patient is not severely ill according to the Pima County Health Department said.
- 100 total tests have been performed, 59 were negative, the rest are pending.
As you well know, our practice is focused on building health, not treating illness, however we are all susceptible to contracting a cold, virus, or flu.
If you have ANY virus or flu-like symptoms as follow, we ask that you PLEASE contact us to reschedule your appointment:
- Shortness of Breath
- Muscle Aches
- Less common – headache, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea
These symptoms are likely a common cold, or virus, but these are also the primary symptoms of COVID-19, or coronavirus. You cannot tell the difference based on how you feel.
How any virus can spread, but specifically COVID-19:
1) Mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
2) Contact with contaminated surfaces or objects – by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
If you have ANY symptoms of a cold or flu – fever, cough, or shortness of breath – you are asked to stay home, call in sick to work, do not go to school, and remain out of public areas.
Isolate yourself at home, ideally in a separate room from others, until all symptoms clear, or your health care provider instructs you to leave.
- Limit contact with pets and animals (your contact with them, can spread to others touching the pet)
- Call ahead to your primary care doctor, before heading to their office
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands often – minimum 20 second scrub with soap and hot water
- Use hand sanitizer with >60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth
- Do not share personal care items
- Use a separate bathroom/shower if available
- Routinely disinfect all high touch surfaces – counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
If you develop progressive shortness of breath, cough, or any difficulty breathing you should contact your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider contact the nearest urgent care or emergency room for instructions.
Who is at greater risk?
- Older people
- People of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes
- Those with compromised immune system
What you can do to bolster your immune system and reduce your risk?
- Get plenty of sleep nightly
- Eat well, hydrate well
- Avoid sick people
- Avoid negative people or situations causing you more stress
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently when in public spaces
- Avoid crowds or any unnecessary large gatherings
Your best strategy is a strong immune system.