MedNorth Health Center seeks to share information about COVID-19/Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control, the NC Department of Health & Human Services, and the New Hanover County Health Department for our community with facts about the virus.
From New Hanover County Government:
Currently, there are confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Hanover County and evidence of community transmission. Please visit the New Hanover County Website here for the most up to date figures on number of confirmed cases.
-If you are a MedNorth patient and are experiencing FEVER, COUGH, or TROUBLE BREATHING, please call 910-202-8628 BEFORE your visit. Our nurse triage line will provide you with further instruction.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
A respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 90 locations internationally, including in the United States.
HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS?
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads in similar ways as a common cold or the flu spread, and the steps to preventing coronavirus transmission are similar to the steps to preventing other respiratory illnesses, including:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (like your phone, tablet, and daily work surfaces).
- Stay home and away from others when you are sick.
Guidance for home, schools, colleges, businesses, faith communities and other organizations can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH
HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?
- Person-to-person spread. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
CAN SOMEONE SPREAD THE VIRUS WITHOUT BEING SICK?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
WHO IS MOST AT RISK?
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Please visit the following websites for the most up to date information about COVID-19: