AFC Urgent Care Edgewater is here to provide COVID-19 Updates for our patients and neighbors:
COVID-19 is one of the most dangerous global health crises in 2020, which is now flagged as a major public health concern in the United States. When a disease or illness gains as much attention on media outlets as the coronavirus, then it is imperative to follow trustworthy updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local healthcare officials.
Current updates are available here as the pandemic progresses:
AFC Urgent Care Edgewater is here to provide you with the best sources of information from our social media platforms, leading healthcare agencies, and frequent major media updates. Misinformation from unverified social media sources can cause patients to panic or participate in ineffective prevention methods.
How is AFC Edgewater helping out?
AFC Urgent Care Edgewater’s clinical staff is staying up to date on safety and health protocols to maintain a safe clinical environment for all patients. Our physicians are providing assessment and testing to determine if COVID-19 testing is necessary. At the present time, AFC Urgent Care Edgewater can provide COVID-19 testing on site.
Our website and social media will continue to provide important updates about community needs, outbreak news, and prevention status among local neighborhoods.
Additionally, AFC Edgewater is helping as fast as they can to provide new avenues for patient care that will allow us to continue providing high-quality and accessible healthcare.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that infects a patient’s upper respiratory system. Public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) name the strain detected in Wuhan, China as “COVID-19.” According to the CDC, coronaviruses are “a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with 2019-nCoV.”
How has coronavirus spread? Is it widespread
The CDC and World Health Organization have declared the coronavirus as a global pandemic after international travelers carried the disease to multiple countries such as the U.S, U.K, and other major countries worldwide. As of 4/30/2020, there are currently over 1,000,000 cases in the U.S.
This virus is spread primarily from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Coughing and sneezing produces these droplets that can be inhaled or land on objects or surfaces, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Who is at risk?
- Per the CDC, the symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Patients that have a normal and healthy immune system are likely to have these symptoms between 2-14 days, which are not fatal. However, patients with underdeveloped or weakened immune systems could develop fatal symptoms from COVID-19. Additionally, older patients are also highly vulnerable to the virus.
What should I do to prevent and treat COVID-19?
Coronavirus prevention is relatively straightforward, but it requires consistent attention and focus. Below are some of the key prevention methods to manage COVID-2019:
- Clean your hands often by washing them with hot water and soap and hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean & disinfect every day
- If you are sick, separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Practice social distancing – minimum 6 ft.
- Stay home if you are sick except to get medical care
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
In the event that you believe you have the coronavirus, or are unsure about your symptoms, please make sure that you take the following precautions to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19:
- Call ahead before visiting your medical provider or doctor
- Stay at home and separate yourself from other people and animals in your home through self-quarantine
- Continue frequent hand washing
- Wear a facemask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean & disinfect every day