FAQs on 2019 Novel Coronavirus

UPDATE: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended an immediate pause to the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Of the 6.85 million recipients of this vaccine in the United States, 6 women reported a rare type of blood clot combined with low platelet counts within 2 weeks of receiving the vaccine. The CDC and FDA are currently reviewing their potential significance. 

If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine within the past 3 weeks and you are experiencing the following symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and seek medical treatment immediately.

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reminding us that it is not unusual for people to develop side effects one to three days following COVID-19 vaccine administration. Side effects include pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, myalgia, chills, or fever. These normally resolve within a few days.

 FAQs

Q: I received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine more than 3 weeks ago. Should I be worried?

 A: According to the CDC, the risk of developing a blood clot is likely very low at this time. But if you still have concerns, call and make an appointment with us at City Care Family Practice.

Q: I have an appointment to get the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Should I cancel?

 A: If you are scheduled to get the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, work with your vaccine provider to reschedule your appointment to get another type of COVID-19 vaccine.

Q: Should I still avail the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is continually encouraging all eligible patients to get vaccinated, particularly those at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

Read more on CDC’s recommendations here.

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Beginning April 6th, New York residents aged 16 years and older are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Click this link for the detailed list of COVID-19: Vaccine Eligibility.

Review the acceptable proof of eligibility that you need to bring with you for your vaccine appointment here.

Patients do not need a letter from a health care provider to demonstrate  vaccine eligibility due to underlying health conditions. Eligible patients can complete a certification form independently and show it to their vaccine provider to prove eligibility.  

Click here for the certification form.

Our office has NOT yet received our stocks for the COVID-19 vaccine from the New York State. In the meantime, follow these  links to locate a COVID-19 vaccine site in your area: 

NYC Covid-19 Vaccine Hubs Appointment Scheduler

Turbovax

NYC Covid-19 Vaccine Finder

For New Jersey residents, follow the link below for the vaccine scheduler and list of locations. Eligibility and required proof of eligibility may differ in New Jersey. Thus, please confirm with your vaccine center. 

NJ Vaccine Scheduling System

Covid-19 Vaccine Locations for Eligible Recipients in New Jersey

 

We will send an update once we have received the vaccines.

 

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from mild diseases, such as a common cold, to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness (causing trouble breathing), that is a recently identified type and can be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets.

There has been a widespread community transmission in NYC. However, as of June 2020, the number of cases appear to be trending down. 

Click here for the current COVID-19 data.

 

What are the symptoms?

Most commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Additional symptoms per CDC include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pains, headache, sore throat, and new loss of smell or taste.

Majority of patients will have mild to moderate symptoms and make a complete recovery.

 

How long does it take to show symptoms?

Time between exposure to COVID-19 and the moment when symptoms start is commonly around 5-6 days, but this can range from 1-14 days.

 

How does it spread?

Transmission through respiratory droplets spread through coughing or sneezing in an infected person during prolonged close contact (within 6 feet). It is possible to become infected if touching contaminated surface with virus and touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

 

How long can the virus survive on surfaces?

Studies have shown that the coronavirus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, less than 4 hours on copper, and less than 24 hours on cardboard.

Common household disinfectants are effective to clean affected surfaces.

 

Should I wear a face covering?

 

Should I get tested?

     Get tested...

If you are unsure, make an appointment and our healthcare providers will assist you.

Click here for a more detailed guidance from CDC regarding COVID-19 testing. 

What are the ways to prevent spread?

 

What is the treatment?

There are no vaccines or specific treatments available for COVID-19 yet and medical care is supportive. Majority of COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms make full recovery without complications.

 

Who are at greatest risk?

Older adults > 50 and those with chronic health conditions or immunocompromised are at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Chronic conditions include chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

 

What to do if you experience symptoms?

 

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

How is City Care Family Practice doing to keep us safe?

We are now offering TELEVISIT for patients to help with initial screening for those with illness and to help provide guidance.

 

Mental health and stress during the pandemic

 

What is COVID-19 Antibody testing?

COVID-19 antibody test is a blood test that provides detection of IgG antibodies against SARS-Cov-2. After an individual gets infection, the virus stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies.

 

Who is eligible to test?

To find out if you are eligible, make an appointment with a healthcare provider for discussion. If you fit the criteria, we will guide you on the next steps.

 

What do the results mean?

Results return as positive or negative. There are no titers. Positive results suggest past infection from COVID-19, however, as of now, no study has evaluated whether the presence of the antibodies confers immunity to re-infection. Positive results may also be due to cross-reactivity from past or present infection with other coronavirus strains such as those that cause the common cold.

Negative results do not rule out COVID-19 infection, particularly n those who have been in contact with the virus.

 

If I test positive for the COVID-19 antibodies, do I need to stay at home or wear masks?

Yes, continue to follow the guidelines set by local, state, and federal governments. Continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS)

PMIS is a new health condition appearing in children possibly due to COVID-19, however, the connection is still not clear. It appears to present similarly to other serious inflammatory conditions such as Kawasaki disease in children that may affect the heart and other organs.

It is rare but serious, so it is important for parents to watch out for the following symptoms:

When should I call the doctor or go to ER?

 

How do I prevent my child from getting PMIS?

 

Advisory for Travelers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued updated guidelines for travelers to New York from other states. 

Click here for the updated advisory:  https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory 

City Care Family Practice will be closely following the recommendations set by New York State. Travelers arriving to New York will be offered TeleVisit (video chat) appointments to address medical concerns.

(Source: NYS DOH)

updated 04/16/2021

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