What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019, or “COVID-19,” is an infection caused by a specific virus called SARS-CoV-2. It first appeared in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. People with COVID-19 can have fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Problems with breathing happen when the infection affects the lungs and causes pneumonia. While the risk is currently low in Texas, we want you to know that we are taking precautions to provide a healthy environment for our patients.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms usually start a few days but can appear up to 14 days after a person is infected with the virus.
Symptoms can include:
Fever | Cough | Trouble breathing | Feeling tired | Muscle aches
Most people have mild symptoms. Some people have no symptoms at all. But in other people, COVID-19 can lead to serious problems like pneumonia, not getting enough oxygen or even death. This is more common in people who are older or have other health problems.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• 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.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• 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.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for coronavirus infection. People infected with coronavirus should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to the Corona Virus should contact their healthcare provider immediately.