As media focus continues to highlight the Coronavirus, the doctors of Northside Medical Associates want you to know we are monitoring the situation closely. The CDC and local health departments continuously issue and we follow warnings and bulletins regarding complaints, symptoms, and risk factors for the virus. Moreover, in acute care areas, we are monitoring specific risk factors for coronavirus: any person, including health care workers, who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient within 14 days of symptom onset; a history of travel from Hubei Province, China within 14 days of symptom onset; and a history of travel from mainland China within 14 days of symptom onset.
What can we do?
Limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with 2019-nCoV. No vaccine or specific treatment for 2019-nCoV infection is available; most care is supportive like the flu or a viral cold. Per the CDC, many patients will not require care more aggressive than a common cold.
What can you do?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. If you are sick and meet the exposure criteria listed above, notify the local health department or call us and we will direct you accordingly.