COVID-19 & You
What is COVID-19?
It is a new viral disease where the CO stands for “corona”, the VI for “virus”, the “D” for disease and the 19 for “2019” that is spreading around the world.
How does COVID-19 spread?
It primarily spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks and is in close contact within less than 6 feet. If these droplets get into your mouth, nose, or eyes either directly or if droplets are on your hands and you touch these areas they can cause COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Fever or Chills
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and Diarrhea
- New loss of taste or smell
These symptoms may occur 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
How can I avoid getting COVID-19?
- In your house stay 6 feet away from anyone who is sick and if you can’t wear a mask
- Outside your house social distance, which means staying 6 feet away from other people
- Outside your house always wear a mask to protect yourself and others
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday twice) each time
- If soap and water are not readily available, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Always avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, tables, faucets and phones daily
Testing for COVID-19
- There are two kinds of tests, one for the virus and one for the antibodies from the virus
- The viral test tells you if you are currently infected with COVID
- The antibody test tells you if you have had COVID in the past. Having antibodies might give you some protection from getting infected in the future, but we don’t yet know how much protection or how long the antibodies will last.
- Currently in New York State anyone can get tested if they want to whether or not they have symptoms
- You should get tested if you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has COVID, or if you have traveled from an area listed under the travel advisory at the NYS Dept of Health https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
What do I do if I get sick?
- Call your PCP’s office, do not go to the office without calling first
- Isolate yourself from people you are living with and wear a mask
- If you can’t reach your PCP:
Where can I find more information?
From the CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
PHP Members have 24/7 access to Telehealth where you can speak with an Emergency Room Doctor if you start to get symptoms. In most cases this will prevent a trip to the emergency room