Dear Patients of Signature Healthcare,
Our Physicians and Staff are always concerned about your health and well-being. The current news regarding the Corona Virus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) has, no doubt, caused some degree of concern about what impact this infection might have, if any, to the Charlotte region.
While COVID-19 appears to have a higher mortality rate than influenza (1-2% vs 0.1%), worldwide the influenza virus still accounts for 100 times more deaths than COVID-19. At the present time there are still too many unknowns to predict how this may change if and when COVID-19 hits the U.S. We will continue to provide additional updates to you as more is known about this potential health threat.
Meanwhile, there are standard precautions that we advise. The ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same as the measures we use to prevent influenza. The current thought is the COVID-19 is spread by microscopic respiratory droplets that are released into the air when one coughs or sneezes, and when another stands within 6 feet of the person coughing. With this in mind, we recommend:
If you develop a significant fever, (100.4 F or more), or if you develop lower respiratory symptoms (e.g. significant coughing, or shortness of breath), please give our office a call, and we will advise you about what to do.
For more information on how to prepare your home for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, please see this article from National Public Radio:
The Physicians & Staff of Signature Healthcare
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