23 Mar COVID-19 Update
As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, it’s affecting our communities in different ways. Many in Europe and the Americas are beginning to experience what people in Asia have been confronting for the past month. We want to ensure our staff, our patients, and our community’s safety before anything. We encourage everyone to stay calm, remain alert, and take the necessary steps to follow protocols stipulated by the Florida Health Department and the CDC.
COVID-19 is a virus from the coronavirus family that affects the respiratory system primarily. This virus can be transmitted by contact, but it is most contagious when airborne. Older adults (60+ y/o) or people that have existing severe diseases such as high blood pressure or respiratory problems are prone to developing more serious symptoms. In this paragraph, we will be proving information about preventative measures that will help our public health and the ones around us.
- As simple as it may seem, the CDC has suggested everyone wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds minimum, as well as using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% of alcohol whenever not able to wash your hands to decrease the probability of cross-contamination.
- Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it properly, or cough on your elbows and not on your hands.
- Avoid any contact with people that are sick or that are experiencing any type of symptomatology related to a cold, flu, or coronavirus.
- Make sure you clean high contact surfaces like doorknobs and light switches frequently, as well as your electric devices, to ensure cross-contamination is limited at its best.
- Any staff member, patient, or community member that is experiencing any type of symptomatology related to the common cold, flu, influenza, or coronavirus is recommended to reach out to the primary care physician or to their closest medical staff available for further testing/protocols.
- Whether it seems counter-intuitive, the CDC has also recommended to not use any type of face mask if you are not experiencing any symptoms related to coronavirus since it will only increase the chances of possibly contaminating it and contracting the virus.
- The symptoms that patients with the COVID-19 have experienced are the following: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath/dyspnea. These symptoms may take from 2-14 days to show, which is why it is highly recommended to isolate ourselves for approximately 14 days if feeling weak, colds, chills, dry coughing, or any related symptoms to respiratory issues such as shortness of breath/chest pain.
To all our staff and patients reading this, always remember to stay calm and follow the necessary steps to ensure our communities safe. Remember to gather enough groceries in case you or someone in need remains isolated, as well as following up with your primary care physician. If staff members/patients don’t feel well, we suggest you stay at home. Pay attention to your surroundings and diminish your exposure to big crowded areas. It is now on us to take care of our community by doing our best part, most importantly for our elderly community.
Thank you for your time, patience and understanding! Stay safe.
CDC protocol video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjcoN9Aek24
CDC prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
Florida Health Department website: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/