Many people have contacted our clinics with questions about Coronavirus. The professionals at Family Medicine Centers are carefully monitoring the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization so we can provide the most current and accurate information about this disease to our patients.
Robert Gross, M.D., who practices family medicine at Family Medicine Center and CareXpress in Canyon recently discussed the three most important things he believes people should know about the Coronavirus.
If you have additional questions, we recommend visiting the sites below which are being updated frequently as additional information becomes available.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.
Influenza “the flu” and COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, are both infectious respiratory illnesses. Although the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can look similar, the two illnesses are caused by different viruses.
How is the virus spread?
It's spread mainly from person-to-person but can live on surfaces.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
According to the CDC, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). However, some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
According to the CDC, fever, cough, and shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
What should I do if I'm sick?
If you are sick, please follow the CDC recommendations available here. If you have a medical appointment, please call your physician's office and let them know you suspect you could have the virus so their office can take the needed steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.