Cold, Flu & Coronavirus

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Published on March 12, 2020

Cold, Flu & Coronavirus

Photo of virusPhoto of virusConcerned about your cold and flu symptoms?

You may be feeling concerned about the coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, which has been in the news. If so, you’re not alone.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds. Using alcohol-based hand sanitizers for 30 seconds is also effective.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick (except to get medical care). Keep sick children home from school.
  • Please do not visit patients in the hospital if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms including: sneezing, coughing and fever.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow if a tissue is not available. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterwards.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How do I know I don’t have coronavirus?

Chances are you have the flu or a common cold. But if you are experiencing a high fever with a productive cough contact your primary care physician’s office and you will be screened over the phone and instructed what steps, if any, are needed to confirm your ailment.

“Staying home to take care of yourself is one of the best ways to avoid spreading these illnesses,” explains Jaime Diaz MD, PIH Health Downey Hospital Medical Director.

Please note that those who are at risk for COVID-19 include anyone who has been to one or more of the affected geographic areas within the last month – China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea – or been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.

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The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.