COVID-19 Update

We continue to monitor COVID-19 in our area. If there are changes in surgeries or other scheduled appointments, your provider will notify you. We continue to provide in-person care and telemedicine appointments.

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Health

Prevention

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    Flu shot

    A flu shot protects you and your family from most strains of the flu.

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    Physical distancing, mask wearing, frequent hand washing

    These important safety measures help prevent COVID-19 and the flu.

Symptoms

Flu and COVID-19 can have similar symptoms. Call a doctor or health care center if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Stuffy or runny nose, cough, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat or headache
  • Fever or chills, muscle or body aches, new fatigue/feeling tired or without energy
  • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
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What to Expect

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    Flu

    Fever and aches should end within five days. Coughing and fatigue/feeling tired or not having energy can last about two weeks. See your doctor if symptoms get worse. Severe cases may lead to hospitalization or death.

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    COVID-19

    Some people may never have symptoms. Recovery can take up to two weeks for mild cases or six weeks or more for severe cases. COVID-19 may also lead to lasting organ damage, hospitalization or death.

Treatment

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    Flu

    Treatments include rest, fluids, a fever reducer, such as acetaminophen, and an antiviral medicine to reduce the amount of time you have the flu and prevent complications.

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    COVID-19

    Rest, a fever reducer and cough medicine help treat mild cases. More serious cases may require hospitalization, breathing support with a ventilator or other therapies.

Complications

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    Flu

    Flu can turn into pneumonia, and very severe cases can be fatal.

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    COVID-19

    This disease can result in pneumonia and lasting damage to your lungs, kidneys, heart and brain. COVID-19 can be fatal.*

Cause

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    Flu

    It is caused by several different influenza viruses that change each year, which is why there is a new vaccine each flu season.

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    COVID-19

    The disease is caused by the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which emerged late in 2019.

*More research is needed, but experts currently believe that the death rate of COVID-19 could be 10 times higher (or more) than most strains of the flu.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor or health center if you have any symptoms of illness. Explain what is happening, and follow their advice.
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