What is COVID 19?
COVID 19 is a coronavirus, in the same class of viruses that cause the common cold.
We in fact do not know a lot about this form of coronavirus, but have learned a lot about its tremendous threat. It is currently a rapidly spreading global pandemic.
We do know it is very contagious. It may have a 14-21 day incubation period. You may carry and spread it without knowing.
It can cause cold symptoms, pneumonia, flu-like symptoms. It can cause death in 2% of individuals. Elderly and low immune individuals are at higher risk.
People contract it usually become very ill. They also usually do not build immunity to it, and can be re-infected.
It is spread through the air and hand contact. It is also an active virus in the feces of infected individuals.
What do I do if I feel
DO NOT GO OUT if you think you have a cold or upper respiratory infection.
Rest, hydration. If you feel short of breath, please go to the hospital.
Please call us; we can set up phone appointment or video appointment if needed.
Whidbey Health Has Drive-by testing. For more information: https://whidbeyhealth.org/news/drive-through-testing
Links to our email Updates
What can I do?
Physical distance is best. PLEASE STAY HOME if possible.
Keep your immune system up with rest, taking care of yourself, and keeping your spirits up.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue and throw the tissue away and wash your hands before touching anything.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Wash your hands often with soap and water; keep your own distinct towel at home.
The proper way to wash your hands is for 60 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Sing "Happy Birthday" twice while washing to know you did it long enough.
START PLANNING: Stock up minimum 2 weeks, ideally few months of food and medical supplies.
Plan on how you can work remotely from home. Limit your travel.