Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, cover your cough and stay home if you’re sick. Doctors say obeying these rules can lower your risk for the coronavirus. “We know that virus will spread in our community,” said Dr. Alex Daneshmand, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer with Lee Health.
The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, like MERS or severe acute respiratory syndrome. “This is a new strain. This strain started originally, we think, from China,” he said.
This particular strain, called COVID-19, transmits through respiratory droplets, much like the flu. Unlike the flu, there is no vaccine available—which is why doctors encourage patients to recognize the symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and seek treatment at convenient care, primary care, or telehealth, if necessary. “Most people probably will do well, and you may never know that you have the coronavirus because you just have cold symptoms,” Dr. Daneshmand said.
Not everyone who has symptoms will be tested for the virus—but Lee Health is prepared should the coronavirus affect patients in Southwest Florida.
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