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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a strain of virus in the coronavirus family, and reportedly starts with:

Fever
Dry cough
Shortness of breath

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Like many viral illnesses, Coronavirus is contracted through contact with the respiratory droplets produced when we cough and sneeze

It may be possible for a person to contract Coronavirus 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 thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

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Having symptoms such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath DOES NOT necessarily mean you have Coronavirus. Sick season is still in full swing and similar symptoms are very common in patients with conditions like a cold or the flu.

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The time between exposure to infection and the first sign of symptoms is called the incubation period.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) currently list an incubation period of 2-14 days for Coronavirus, but preliminary research suggests it could be longer (up to 27 days)

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The overall risk of contracting coronavirus remains low for the general population

The risk of contracting Coronavirus is higher if:

You have made contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient

You have recently traveled to a country that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission)

China
Iran
Italy
South Korea

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The majority (approximately 80%) of coronavirus patients experience only mild symptoms and make a full recovery

However, Some cases require hospital treatment and the most severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and multiple organ failure

The elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions (i.e. asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) are more likely to become severely ill from the disease

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Complying with current state & city policy is the best way to protect yourself & others, slowing community spread of COVID-19. Current NYC recommendations include:

Practicing social distancing by:

Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people
Limiting non-essential travel, shopping and visiting of others
Keeping 6 ft of distance between yourself & others when you must go out
Working from home, or staying home if at all possible


Self-Quarantining

If you are experiencing any symptoms of mild upper respiratory illness (like fever and cough) act as though you are contagious & stay home for 14 days, leaving only to receive medical care. Those who live with you should also stay indoors.

If you are not ill, the same preventative measures you use each sick season to avoid catching a common cold or flu are key to keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy. If you are ill, these same tactics will help reduce making others sick. These measures include:

Frequently washing your hands with soap & water for at least 20 seconds, especially:

Before eating
Before touching your face or other people
After using the bathroom
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
After taking mass transit

Using hand sanitizer in the above cases, if you cannot access soap and water

Disinfecting frequently used surfaces & items
Avoiding touching your face as much as possible
Steering clear of close contact or sharing items with others who are sick
Staying home from work or school when you are sick

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ModernMD Urgent Care centers, are not currently able to test for Coronavirus. We will keep you updated should this change.

However, we can:

Confirm/rule out other conditions with similar symptoms to Coronavirus

Assist in connecting you to local resources, if needed

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Visit these state and federal resources for more COVID-19 information

NY Department of Health:

Corona Virus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 Website: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html