CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Overview

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Coronavirus

Overview

Last Updated 6/2/2020

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly referred to as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many species of animals. This new virus is very closely related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which also led to global outbreaks. Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China in late December of 2019, governments and health organizations around the globe have worked tirelessly to understand the new virus and implement measures to help stop the spread.

Symptoms

The list of symptoms associated with COVID-19 continues to grow as scientists and industry experts discover more about the new virus. Individuals with COVID-19 have experienced a wide variety of symptoms and some appear asymptomatic. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COIVD 19 illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. As of early May 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports the following as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

Those with COVID-19 may experience some or all of the above symptoms. This list is not all inclusive as less common symptoms such as gastrointestinal symptoms, like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, have been reported.

It is important to monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical attention immediately if sudden changes occur or if your condition suddenly worsens.

When to Seek Emergency Care

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

To schedule a virtual visit with our Emergency Department, call 603-575-6000 or call your primary care provider.

How COVID 19 Spreads

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

The virus is thought to spread mainly

The virus does not spread easily in other ways and these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.

CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.

Hand Hygiene

Good hand hygiene is vital in your protection against any virus or disease. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not readily available.

For the general public, CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. In most other situations, like running errands, wearing gloves is not necessary. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions like, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).

Wearing gloves when using a shopping cart or using an ATM will not necessarily protect you from getting COVID-19 and may still lead to the spread of germs.

Physical Distancing

Physical Distancing is important in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Maintaining at least 6 feet of space between you and others can help protect you from being exposed to the virus.

We are proud of our community's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is important that everyone continues to follow recommendations made by the CDC and health officials. You will notice physical distancing signs in place throughout our organization. Thank you for your patience and cooperation with physical distancing during these challenging few months.

Masks

Masks have also been recommended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The CDC encourages the use of cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measure are difficult to maintain such as in grocery stores or pharmacies. Masks should cover your mouth and nostrils and fit firmly to your face.

LRH will continue to provide masks at our entrances for those who do not already have one when seeking care throughout our organization. If you are a patient at LRH or one of the limited number of visitors we are allowing at LRH, please note that all individuals will be wearing masks while in our facility, including our staff. We continue to work hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and want to keep our patients, limited visitors and staff safe. Thank you for your understanding of the work we are doing at LRH to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

At Home

Routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces can help avoid exposure to germs and viruses.

Social Distancing

Social distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social distancing:

In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.

Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you-or they-have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Social distancing does not include avoiding healthcare facilities. Postponing routine medical care and delaying chronic disease management can lead to increased risk of complications and worsening of health conditions. LRH has many mechanisms in place to ensure the safety of those in our building and encourages patients to return to seeking routine medical care.

Caring for Someone

If you are caring for someone with COVID-19 at home or in a non-healthcare setting, it is essential to protect yourself and others. The individual(s) in your care may have symptoms or have had tested positive, but are not showing any signs of symptoms.

Provide support and help cover basic needs. Help those who are sick follow the instructions provided to them by a medical professional. In most cases, symptoms last only a few days and people usually start to feel better after a week.

Watch for warning signs and seek medical attention if conditions worsen or rapidly change and monitor your own health for developing symptoms.

Protect yourself when caring for someone who is sick by:

For more information on caring for someone sick at home please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html

Those at Higher Risk

Those at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 include older adults (65 years and older) and people of any age with underlying medical conditions. They also have an increased chance of developing a more severe reaction to the virus.

What to Expect at Littleton Regional Healthcare

When you visit LRH, you will notice distinct changes in our policies and operations. The safety of our patients and staff is our greatest priority so we have made adjustments and taken precautions to keep everyone who enters our facility safe. See more under LRH Operations.

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