A word on the COVID–19 virus

In addition to a very extensive influenza season of 2019, we are now facing a formidable challenge in the prevention of spread of the COVID–19 virus. Although at present there are a limited number of confirmed cases, we do expect the number to increase rapidly and significantly. Prevention of the spread of this highly contagious virus is our #1 goal at the present. Below from the CDC are the well-recognized methods for all of us to undertake.

  • 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:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask:

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water
    if hands are visibly dirty.

We are in a very fluid situation with things changing quite rapidly. We will issue updates as more vital information becomes available. Should you be experiencing a flulike illness with a fever, have travel to an affected area, or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID–19 please reach out to your Winchester PHO provider for further information with regards to office visits and/or testing