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What You Should Know About The Coronavirus

Feb 3, 2020 By Devin Collins
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Updated February 20, 2020

the outbreak of a novel coronavirus known as covid-19 continues to be a global health challenge. the never-before-seen virus has since spread from wuhan to numerous countries including japan, south korea, thailand, singapore and the united states. here’s what we know about covid-19 and our advice for staying healthy:

What is the Coronavirus?

covid-19 is a new variant of a very common family of viruses called coronaviruses causing respiratory tract infections ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses like severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars). though most commonly found in animals like cattle, cats, and bats, coronaviruses can in some cases infect and spread between humans, such as with covid-19 and sars, which sickened nearly 8,000 in a 2003 outbreak.

How is it transmitted?

while early reports of covid-19 were linked to wuhan markets selling live animals and seafood, human-to-human transmission has since been confirmed. the cdc notes that the coronavirus is likely passed through coughing, sneezing, close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands, or touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth without washing hands. in short, it is passed along like the flu.

What are the symptoms?

体球比分those infected with the current covid-19 coronavirus have experienced a range of symptoms, from mild to severe respiratory illness symptoms. most have ed fever, cough, shortness of breath, and in some cases pneumonia and lung inflammation. symptoms may appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Am I at risk?

For those of us who live in the U.S., the risk is still very low. You are at far greater risk for the flu (come in for your flu shot today!), which in 2018-2019 lead to 34,000 deaths in the US.

those who are at risk and should be tested for the coronavirus are:

People who have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

And

  • Have traveled from mainland China in the past 2 weeks or been in close contact with someone who has a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus.

I think I’m at risk, or I’m not sure and want to get checked. What should I do?

If you are feeling well (i.e. no symptoms) but have traveled from mainland China in the past two weeks or been in close contact with a confirmed case, we recommend contacting our virtual care team or your local department of public health to discuss self-monitoring with public health supervision.

please avoid coming to a one medical office unless directed to do so. after a virtual visit, our team will then advise you on the next best steps, whether it be booking an in-office visit, staying home, or going to a designated site for coronavirus testing. having respiratory symptoms can be very frightening at this time, but rest assured that we will be here for you every step of the way.

How can I protect myself?

the and the (who) recommend avoiding travel to china, and practicing good hygiene in the same way you would protect yourself against the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if soap and water aren’t 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’re sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

体球比分a vaccine against covid-19 is in development and could be available by late 2020.

How will this affect my travel?

the cdc travel to china but the u.s. department of state has issued a asking people not to travel to china due to the coronavirus outbreak. if you must travel to china, the cdc recommends protecting yourself by doing the following:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Discuss travel to China with your healthcare provider. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

体球比分if you are concerned that you or someone you know may have had contact with the covid-19 coronavirus, please reach out to our virtual team as soon as possible. for more information and updates on the virus, please refer to the or for updates.

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Devin Collins

The One Medical blog is published by One Medical, an innovative primary care practice with offices in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington, DC.

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