What is Corona Virus Disease?
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses encompass a broad group of viruses that can infect both animals and people, causing respiratory problems as mild as a common cold and as severe as pneumonia. Very rarely, people catch animal coronaviruses, and then the virus spreads from person to person. You may remember severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) (Asian pneumonia) that emerged in 2002 and 2003, an example of the coronavirus that was passed from animals to people. Another notable example of a more recent strain of coronavirus is the one known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) that emerged in 2012 in the Middle East; Scientists initially claimed that it had been transmitted from camels to people.
I see in the test result that it says “coronavirus”. Should I be concerned?
It doesn’t have to. The vast majority of the time, diagnosing a coronavirus is like saying you have a cold or the flu. Keep in mind that the term coronavirus encompasses a wide family of viruses. A positive coronavirus test result is not a cause for alarm. This can be very confusing, so please work with your doctor or care team if you see this term being used.
How is a coronavirus spread?
Typically, the virus spreads from person to person by coughing and sneezing, by physical contact with an infected person, or by touching an infected surface and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
How can we people prevent the disease from spreading?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you follow good hygiene: wash your hands frequently, be hydrated, cover your mouth with your arm or tissue when coughing, and stay home if you feel like it. he is sick. Also, even if you are not sick, we recommend that you stay home unless it is essential to go outside and practice social distancing (being at least 6 feet from other people). What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
The CDC notes that the symptoms of the new coronavirus include “fever and symptoms of a disease of the lower respiratory tract (eg, cough and trouble breathing).” Avoid contact with someone suspected of being infected with the virus.
Can COVID-19 be treated?
There is no vaccine and, being a virus, antibiotics do not work. Without concrete treatment available, health care professionals generally treat symptoms and make the patient feel better.
Is CHLA screening patients and visitors?
Our medical staff follows the latest recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in all patient interactions as a measure to stop the spread of this new virus. Screening questions are being asked of all employees and visits to hospitals for symptoms of the disease. Anyone who does not respond favorably to the questions is tested for the virus. In addition, all CHLA patients who are being hospitalized are being tested for the virus. This includes performing the test on those patients who will have surgery soon.
What signs should someone ask for medical attention?
If you or your child starts to have a fever or cough or is having trouble breathing, seek medical attention right away. If you suspect it is COVID-19, call your doctor or emergency room before your visit so that the center can make sure you don’t expose anyone else to the virus if you are infected.