It’s a variation of the common cold, and the way to combat it involves the same tactics as preventing a cold. The difference: There’s no natural human immunity.
Early reports suggest that 80% of all cases are mild. It is spread via contaminated surfaces and close physical contact with an infected person via droplets. People at greater risk are over age 60 – especially those with a history of diabetes, cardiac or respiratory problems – and individuals with compromised immune systems from other diseases.
Visiting a community where the virus exists does not mean you need testing. Testing will be determined in consultation with your healthcare provider. Treatment for the virus is to treat symptoms.
How to protect yourself; others:
1.) Frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds.
2.) Sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
3.) Avoid public gatherings and spaces. Stay home when you can.
4.) Postpone visiting someone who is at risk (the elderly, someone known to be ill).
5.) Do not travel.
6.) Use household cleaning products to wash frequently touched objects like doorknobs, light switches, desks, keyboards, etc.
Call your doctor’s office or conduct an e-visit or video visit if:
You are in a high-risk category, with symptoms, or you have known close exposure to someone affected by the virus.
Fever above 100.4
Conduct an e-visit or video visit via http://www.mybellinhealth.org or your MyChart phone app. Learn more about e-visits at http://www.bellin.org/virtualvisits
Your provider will likely recommend routine treatment of your symptoms with:
Appropriate over-the-counter cold and flu products
Maintain your fluid intake
Go to the Emergency Department if you have difficulty breathing, chest pain or if you are feeling very ill. For more information call Bellin Telehealth at (920) 445-7373 or visit bellin.org/covid19.