New West Physicians is taking every action possible to protect our patients, our clinical staff and the community from COVID-19.
What you need to know about coronavirus
Every day we’re hearing more about the spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. It has been found in a number of other countries, as well as in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now calling it a global health threat.
What are the signs of COVID-19?
Symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. They may include:
- Having trouble breathing
- Feeling unwell or very run down or tired
“We’re still learning how the virus acts and what we might expect,” said Dr. Richard Migliori, chief medical officer, UnitedHealth Group. “We have a team of experts working to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep people safe.”
Who should I call if I think I’m infected or someone I know is infected?
Call your primary care doctor. Do not enter the clinic.
Where do I get the test?
If your doctor thinks you may have COVID-19, they will work with the CDC or your local health department to get you tested. Currently, the only test in the United States comes from the CDC.
How do I keep from catching COVID-19?
There’s still a lot to learn about the new virus, including how it spreads from person to person. But here are some general rules from WHO on how to protect yourself.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with an elbow or tissue. Then wash your hands right away.
- Stay away from anyone who has a fever or cough.
- Don’t share cups or utensils with people who are sick.
- If you have a fever or cough, see your doctor right away.
- Don’t eat raw or under cooked animal products.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often, like doorknobs or TV remotes.
If you’re planning to travel, stay up to date on the CDC’s travel warnings.