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WHAT TO DO TO HELP YOURSELF

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  • What is COVID-19?
    This is a new virus not previously identified. The name was derived from: CO (corona), VI (virus), D (disease), 19 (founded in 2019). It is believed to have originated from an animal source, though this is still unconfirmed.To add a new question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.
  • How is COVID-19 spread?
    Person-to-person likely through respiratory droplets, though this has not been officially confirmed. There is a strong concern for high-touch surfaces and the possibility of spread via contact with these areas.
  • Who is at higher risk?
    Elderly, pregnant women, patients with heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, blood disorders, neurologic disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders, and those who are immunosuppressed.
  • What precautions should I take to limit my chance of catching COVID-19?
    Stay home when possible. If you must leave the home, practice social distancing (keeping at least 6 feet from others). Maintain strict hand and respiratory hygiene. This includes washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose, or mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow if you have to cough of sneeze. Avoid contact with anyone who may be sick. Regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces of your home including countertops, door knobs, etc.
  • Should I wear a facemask when I am out in public?
    At this time, the CDC has changed their recommendation and is recommended that anyone going out in public cover their face with a mask or other cloth. This is especially true in locations where social distancing may be difficult (grocery stores and pharmacies). This does not mean that you need to wear surgical masks or N-95 respirators as these should be saved for healthcare providers and first responders.
  • I have spring break plans, should I still go?"
    It is recommended that all travel be cancelled or postponed. This will help limit the spread of the virus from person to person and will also limit the risk of spread from place to place.
  • When and where should I get tested?
    If you believe you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if you are exhibiting concerning symptoms you should first speak with your primary care provider. Do NOT go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center. It is best to contact your primary care provider who can help determine if you are a candidate for testing. They will also help you determine the best treatment plan given the severity of your symptoms.
  • What are the potential cardiac complications of COVID-19?
    Although the most serious complication of COVID-19 is a type of pneumonia called 2019 novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia (NCIP), there are several cardiac concerns that can come from this virus. These include: irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), cardiovascular shock, heart damage or heart attack, myocarditis, rapid onset of heart failure, and fatigue.

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