The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has specific Coronavirus and COVID-19 recommendations to prevent spreading the virus, checking for symptoms and self-quarantine if you are sick.  If you suspect that you have been infected by Coronavirus, the CDC recommends using telehealth to contact your primary care provider before seeking in-person care. Click here for current CDC updates

 

During this Coronavirus crisis MTBC is supplying telehealth service to licensed U.S. doctors. Ask your doctor if they have talkEHR with telehealth book a telehealth visit on your talkPHR app. 

 

Common Sense Prevention Tips

  • Avoid crowds, gatherings and common areas where others congregate when possible.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water and use disposable paper towels instead of reusable cloth towels where possible.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid touching other people whenever possible.  Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Clean your phones, TV remotes and other “high-touch” surfaces with germicidal cleaner or disinfecting wipes.
  • Make sure to get a flu shot if you haven’t already. You can use the CDC’s flu vaccine finder.

Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 FAQs

Is the Coronavirus the same thing as COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. The name comes from the crown-like spikes on the viruses’ surfaces (“corona” means “crown” in Latin). Most coronaviruses only infect animals. Of the seven coronaviruses known to infect humans, four of them are very common and cause only mild illness. Two of them, MERS and SARS, are severe. The seventh is the Novel Coronavirus that’s currently spreading around the world that causes the illness  called COVID-19.

 

Experts don’t know exactly where the coronavirus originated. The virus was first detected in humans a few months ago in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has since spread to almost 70 countries. This interactive map, from the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, tracks the number and location of all COVID-19 cases.

 

How does the coronavirus spread?

While experts are still learning about the transmission of coronavirus, the virus seems to spread from person to person. When someone who has the virus sneezes or coughs, they produce tiny respiratory droplets that can travel through the air and infect people within about a 6-foot radius. 

It’s also possible to get coronavirus by touching a surface or an object with the virus on it and then touching your face, although this isn’t thought to be the primary mode of transmission. Experts aren’t sure how long the virus can survive on a surface. Studies suggest that coronaviruses might linger on surfaces for just a few hours or last for up to a few days, depending on environmental conditions.

 

How contagious is coronavirus?

Coronavirus appears to spread very easily, based on the growing number of people who are contracting the virus without knowing how or where they could have gotten infected. This is called community spread

 

What symptoms should you look out for?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of other respiratory infections going around (like the flu): fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms seem to take between two to 14 days to show up, but people may be able to transmit the virus before exhibiting symptoms.

While most reported cases of coronavirus appear to be mild, some patients develop serious infections. The World Health Organization recently reported a  worldwide 3.4% death rate (surpassing the initial 2% estimate). But this number will probably continue to change, epidemiologists say. Current outbreak data only reflects diagnosed cases within a relatively small pool of people who’ve been tested. 

While most reported cases of coronavirus appear to be mild, some patients develop serious infections. The World Health Organization recently reported a worldwide 3.4% death rate (surpassing the initial 2% estimate). But this number will probably continue to change, epidemiologists say. Current outbreak data only reflects diagnosed cases within a relatively small pool of people who’ve been tested.

 

If your doctor is not yet using talkEHR with telehealth, ask them to click here to contact MTBC sales.

 

Other resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHO - World Health Organization