Precautionary Measures Regarding COVID-19

 By Dr. Susan Nelson - PHC Medical Director

If you are feeling seriously ill, with flu-like symptoms, such as a fever or coughing, you should contact your primary care physician before reporting to work.

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
    • Avoid close contact with people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Running essential errands (grocery shopping, banking, doctor visits)

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

Treatment

  • There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
  • For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
  • People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.