The nCoV-2019 Coronavirus virus is a global pandemic. AFC Urgent Care Swampscott is here to help with resources, guidance, and information:
Please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health provides the disaster distress hotline as a way to help patients keep calm and collected during a global pandemic. Operators on the line can help guide patients to manage their life during quarantine with questions related to healthcare, income, and next steps for preparation.
AFC Urgent Care Swampscott is committed to helping patients learn how to stay safe from COVID-19!
The nCoV-2019 Coronavirus 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 gain as much attention on social media 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.
AFC Urgent Care Swampscott 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. Use the following modules and links to learn more!
Important Update: AFC Urgent Care Swampscott and Beverly locations do not test for COVID-19. Make sure you call our clinics in advance and determine your best treatment option. If you plan to visit please wear a protective mask. Patients that have the virus should visit an emergency department for care.
However, patients that don’t meet the clinical guidelines as a likely match for COVID-19 can still be tested for seasonal illnesses. The common cold and flu have similar symptoms to COVID-19: Sneezing, coughing, and fever. The guidelines for COVID-19 testing include all of the following. If you meet all three guidelines, then visit an emergency room for care:
- Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.
- Other symptomatic individuals such as, older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
- Any persons including healthcare personnel, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas (see below) within 14 days of their symptom onset.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Coronavirus:
Coronavirus is a type of virus that impacts a patient’s upper respiratory system. Public health officials and the Centers for disease control name the strain detected in Wuhan, China as “2019-nCoV.” 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.”
A coronavirus is a special virus that spreads within a certain species of animal, which can cause significant respiratory trouble and incredibly harmful results within the same species. nCoV-2019 is an especially rare case of a coronavirus spreading from a foreign animal species to humans.
Symptoms of the cornoavirus begin as any onset acute illness with coughing, sneezing, sinus pain, and congestion. However, patients with the virus soon develop extreme difficulty breathing and fatal respiratory symptoms.
nCoV-2019 was discovered in Wuhan, China, where several patients became infected after the virus spread from an animal reservoir in the county. Some patients were linked to the virus after buying goods and interacting with contaminated foods in a live animal market.
However, international public health agencies have determined that the virus is primarily spread from person-to-person interaction, which has caused a devastating number of cases. In fact, recent news outlets report over 1000 deaths and 43,000 worldwide are infected with the virus. (This number may be climbing at the time of this report)
International travelers coming back to their home countries (U.S, United Kingdom, etc.) from Wuhan have been quarantined while cruise ships near main port cities have been stalled due to potential virus risks.
As of 3-16-2020, there are nearly 1,629 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. The CDC estimates that the number will likely reach higher numbers as new numbers are reported. International travel as well as domestic spread of the virus has caused outbreaks within 43 states.
The death toll of COVID-19 has reached 41 patients. The virus is likely to cause fatal symptoms within patients that have underdeveloped and weakened immune systems can have issues, so it is crucial to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings of groups.
This guide from Vox is a helpful resource to teach others about social distancing and how effective self-quarantine helps everyone reduce COVID-19 infections at faster rates: LEARN HERE
The coronavirus has spread into Massachusetts. At least 164 cases being investigated by the Department of Public Health as of 3-16-2020. However, the virus may spread even further as nearly 1053 cases are subject to quarantine. More than half of quarantined patients were released back into the public after clearing testing. Just over 400 cases continue to remain quarantined by public health officials.
Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting a coronavirus infection. The CDC outlined the key prevention methods which are similar to avoiding a case of the flu or common cold. Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients:
“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
- Practice social distancing to avoid the spread whenever you have to leave your household.
If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!