What You Need to Know about COVID-19 (aka coronavirus)

There is a ton of information out there, some reliable, some not so much. Here are the highlights of what we know as of now about COVID-19.

– The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and fatigue.

– Symptoms typically occur 5 days after exposure (though can take as long as 2 weeks), with a wide range in severity from fairly benign to full blown pneumonia.

– What makes this virus scary is that in the second week of illness, severe shortness of breath (acute respiratory distress) may occur, requiring hospitalization for supportive care (i.e. supplemental oxygen and breathing support).

– There is currently no effective treatment to eradicate the virus; most often the body is able to clear the virus with appropriate supportive care as needed (rest, fluids, breathing support as needed).

– Folks who are most at risk are the elderly and those with chronic diseases (think asthma, diabetes, immunocompromise, etc).

What You Can Do:

If you think you may be sick, stay home to minimize potential spread.

As you’re out and about, be sure to WASH YOU HANDS for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. IF you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) on every part of your hands and allow to dry fully.

Want more info? Check out the CDC guide at the link below:

We’re here to help!

If you are dealing with anxiety and fear around the spread of COVID-19 and/or want to put some systems in place to stay healthy, give us a call at 503-222-1315 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Torgerson!

In Health!

~Dr. Torgerson

The doctor who tells you what's up.