FAQs on 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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 is currently widespread community transmission in NYC.


What are the symptoms?

Most commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Majority of patients will have mild to moderate symptoms and make a complete recovery. COVID-19 has similar symptoms to common cold or flu and given it is still cold and flu season, your symptoms are more likely to be cold or flu than COVID-19.


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.


Does wearing a mask help?


Should I get tested?

What are ways to prevent spread


What is the treatment?

There are no U.S. FDA-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.

Based upon in-vitro lab and anecdotal data, 2 drugs - hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine- have shown activity against coronavirus. Due to higher in-vitro activity and wider availability, hydroxychloroquine is currently administered to hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients. There is no current available data on use of these medications for prophylaxis.

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are prescription medications used as anti-malaria drugs and for treatment of several inflammatory conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Do not take these unless prescribed by your doctor.


Should I avoid using NSAIDS or ACE inhibitors?


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


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

We are beginning to implement TELEVISIT for patients of certain criteria to help with initial screening for those with illness and to help provide guidance.


Mental health and stress during the pandemic


updated 03/27/2020

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