Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

What is a 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 coronavirus that commonly circulates among humans and cause mild illness like the common cold.

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person that was first identified in Wuhan, China.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads from person to person. The virus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 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 eyes; however, this is not the main way the virus is thought to spread.

Who is most at risk for catching COVID-19?

Much like the flu, individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for catching COVID-19, including the elderly and those with serious medical conditions. If you are generally in good health, the risk for contracting COVID-19 is low.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

To help protect yourself and others, MHP recommends the following:

  • If you have flu-like symptoms, wear a mask.
  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 (such as cell phones, keyboards, and door knobs) using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Eat healthy and get good sleep.

Should I wear a facemask?

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well use a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

How long is the incubation period?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure.

What should I do if I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?

If you are experiencing flu like symptoms and are worried you may have acquired the COVID-19 coronavirus, we want to quickly direct you to the most appropriate care and prevent the spread of the virus. Instead of driving to your doctor's office or urgent care center, please call our triage center at 317-392-DOCS (3627). Our care team will be available 24/7 to ensure you get the best care possible.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

If you believe you may have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 or are exhibiting mild symptoms and want to be tested for the virus, please call 317-392-DOCS. Our care team will then determine your need for testing and your treatment options depending on the severity of the situation.

Can I come to Major Health Partners hospital for testing?

Currently MHP is not able to perform testing for COVID-19 in our primary care offices or urgent care. Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms need to call 317-392 DOCS and one of our care team members will pre-screen them and direct them to the appropriate testing site if needed. Please DO NOT drive to your doctor’s office, urgent care center or hospital, unless you require immediate care. If it is a medical emergency call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home and avoid contact with others to avoid further spread of the virus.

How is COVID-19 treated?

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infections.

What are the dangers of contracting COVID-19?

Approximately 80% of those infected with COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms and not require hospitalization. In extreme cases, individuals have experienced pneumonia, multi-organ failure and death.

What is Major Health Partners doing to ensure the health and safety of the communities it serves?

MHP is continuing to work in close contact with the Indiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to obtain to latest statistics and details. We are taking all necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff.

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