This is an attempt to give simple and direct instructions for anyone in Katy concerned that they may have coronavirus infection. We hope this helps and aids in relieving some fear surrounding the virus.
You are highly likely to have coronavirus if:
IF YOU HAVE A COUGH OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH +
YOU HAVE TRAVELLED IN THE LAST 14 DAYS TO ONE OF THE HIGH EPIDEMIC CORONAVIRUS COUNTRIES (CURRENTLY: CHINA, SOUTH KOREA, HONG KONG, ITALY, IRAN, JAPAN)
IF YOU HAVE COUGH OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH +
YOU HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH A PERSON SUSPECTED OF HAVING CORONAVIRUS INFECTION.
What Should You Do If You’re Highly Likely To Have Coronavirus infection:
- First, don’t panic. Not even everyone who contracts the virus needs special medical care so keeping a clear head is important.
- Second, stay at home (self-quarantine) unless you are having shortness of breath. If you are having shortness of breath you should get medical help.
- Third, determine whether you need to be seen by a doctor by calling your doctor for telemedicine (Note: If your doctor doesn’t provide telemedicine, you are welcome to call Zion Urgent Care’s direct line for telemedical care – 832-447-6454 – 9AM-9PM, Mon – Sat).
If You Potentially Have the Coronavirus, Whether You Are Told to Go to ER or to Stay at Home and Do Self-quarantine, Don’t Forget To:
- Use a mask (note: it doesn’t have to be N-95, any surgical mask will help) when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid sharing personal household items, dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home and Wash the items thoroughly after use.
- Clean and disinfect: “high touch surfaces” which include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables
Lastly, for all of us, let’s make sure to wash our hands regularly and for 20 seconds at a time. This is the best and easiest way to protect ourselves and the people around us.
Dr Teddy Teketel, M.D.
Zion Urgent Care Clinic.