Coronavirus (COVID-19): Other Frequently Asked Questions
What is the novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
How does the virus spread?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, incuding between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. For more information please visit here.
What are the symptoms?
COVID-19 affects different people in differen ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People witht hese symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?
- If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 it is recommended that you stay home and quaranteen for 14 days after last exposure and maintain social distance from others at all times.
- Self monitor for symptoms, and if symptoms arrise then get tested.
- Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If you are showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Should I be worried about getting infected with COVID-19 at an Archbold hospital or clinic?
All of our hospitals and clinics have protocols and systems in place to keep all patients, visitors and healthcare workers safe. Here are some of the actions Archbold is taking to keep you safe:
- Patients with COVID-19 are isolated from other patients
- All patients and all employees are masked at all times
- Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, including masks, gowns and gloves are worn by our clinical staff
- Handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer gel is strictly enforced
- All healthcare personnel and any visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms (including fever) prior to entering the hospital
- Strict visitation restrictions are enforced and no visitation is allowed for COVID-19 patients
- Offering telemedicine options when possible
I have a regularly scheduled appointment with my doctor. What should I do?
In most cases, you should keep your regular appointments. If you have a previously scheduled appointment and have developed a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please contact the clinic before coming to your appointment.
Where do I go for more information on COVID-19?
Keep consistent and up to date by checking the CDC website.
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