At RGU, we are implementing policies to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the spread of Coronavirus, or as you’ve probably heard it referred to in the medical communities, COVID-19.
But what is COVID-19? What does it do, and what kind of risks does it pose to our families? This page is here to answer those questions and provide you with Coronavirus updates and precautions that you can implement today.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are not an uncommon type of virus. According to the CDC, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are common in humans, bats, cats, camels and cattle. It’s rare that an animal coronavirus spreads from animals to people, but we have seen examples of this with MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2.
Though MERS and SARS provide more severe symptoms to a larger demographic range, COVID-19 is highly contagious and transferable, which has quickly transformed it from a simple virus to a global pandemic.
When should I be tested for COVID-19?
The common symptoms of the Coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
According to the CDC, these symptoms appear within 2-14 days of being exposed to the virus, which is why the virus can spread so rapidly. You may not know if you’ve been exposed to the virus or if you’re carrying it, so as of March 16th, the White House has advised residents to participate in social distancing and limit gatherings to 10 people or less.
Check out the CDC’s page for additional Coronavirus updates and precautions as they unfold.
In light of these updates, RGU has implemented policies to protect our staff and patients from the spread of COVID-19. Click here to view our policies at this time.
If you think you are sick, call your primary care physician and let them know your concerns so you can get tested. If your symptoms are extreme, i.e. difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, and/or bluish facial features, seek medical help immediately.
When you reach out for medical assistance:
It’s important to tell healthcare professionals, your doctor’s office and/or emergency responders that believe you have COVID-19 so they can take precautionary measures when coming to help, and/or when you go into their offices.
Lastly, we encourage you to think of others. Even if you’re not in a high-risk position for the Coronavirus, others you come in contact with will be, so we strongly urge you to take precautions to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.