It is a virus that causes respiratory disease that was first detected in China. It is now detected in 60 locations around the world, including the US. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and 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-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2). All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. Many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. But, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. SARS-CoV-2 virus causes Cornonavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
How is it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Can I spread the virus without being sick?
What are the symptoms?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
What are some ways to prevent getting COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
RHP Coronavirus Office Policy
1. We are asking all parents to call before you come in the office as we are not accepting walk-ins. All non-emergency visits will be rescheduled at a later date
2. We are only accepting children 4 years or younger for well visits and all sick patients
3. If your child has cough or fever, has traveled in one of the affected areas or has been around someone with a confirmed case of Covid 19, please contact the health department.
4. We will not be performing any Swab tests or Nebulizer treatments unless critical.
5. Each patient is allowed one parent, guardian, or caregiver in the office.
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