Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.
COVID-19 Now a Pandemic
A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide. The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms also can occur with many other common respiratory infections, such as flu.
The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions should be monitored closely just as you would with the flu.
The situation in the U.S.
Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but states, where community spread is occurring, are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
How do I avoid catching Coronavirus?
The simple answer here is to avoid going to places where there are sick people like all healthcare facilities and practice general hygiene measures, including regular handwashing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands, and avoiding contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Any contact with other animals possibly living in the market should be strictly avoided.
What to Do if You Get Sick
- Stay home and call your doctor or start a visit here on Covidoctor.
- Call or Online Visit to your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
- If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
- Know when to get emergency help.
- Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.
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- HIPAA secure video call with state-certified physician
- Physician evaluation of COVID-19 symptoms
- Determination of whether a COVID-19 test is needed
- Physician recommended guidance
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In light of the recent Coronavirus developments, our team members are offering telehealth services to current and prospective clients. Professional, licensed, and vetted counselors that you can trust.
Note from Chaz Stevens, Founder
For the past five years, we’ve been developing a HIPAA-compliant “ecosystem” that connects clients with health care providers. Clients find us online, place an order, complete an online assessment, and get connected with a local provider to help with the mental or medical health care needs. Our process is well-defined, smooth, secure, and very well received by the public.
With the onset of the coronavirus, we’ve launched covidoctor.com … literally a plug and play for us, our stuff is literally ready-made for this moment in time.
We can connect folks who are trying to decide if they should get tested for the coronavirus with a local, licensed physician (MD or DO) who can give them a definitive answer. The physicians will engage the patient over our HIPAA-compliant secured video call, assess the situation, and take appropriate action. As we roll out, we can also provide valuable information regarding screening and screening centers.
We hope to add some value to the tremendous strain everyone across the board is experiencing.
Please stay safe and well, and don’t forget to wash your hands.
Chaz Stevens, Founder
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