HELPING YOU UNDERSTAND COVID-19 [Updated]

Coronavirus has been on everyone’s minds and all over the news. Exer Urgent Care is committed to you and your family’s health and wellbeing. We want to make sure you have the most up-to-date and accurate information about COVID-19.

We’d like to share with you some important things to know about COVID-19.

What Are the Symptoms?

Some people have had mild symptoms while others become severely ill. Here are the symptoms to look for:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe illness
  • New loss sense of taste or smell
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache

How is it Spread?

The coronavirus is spread through close personal contact or by touching an object or surface with the virus on it from droplets produced through coughing or sneezing.

What Can I Do to Protect Myself and Others?

Because COVID-19 is a respiratory (breathing) illness spread by coughing or sneezing, the best way to prevent the spread is to avoid contact. To avoid being exposed, the CDC recommends taking these precautions:

  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or use your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Do Masks Help?

Yes. Everyone should wear a mask when out in public. We are following CDC and LA County Public Health guidelines.

  • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • The use of face masks is critical for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

When to Seek Medical Care? 

No vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19 infection is available. Treat symptoms with over-the-counter remedies.

  • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
  • Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
  • Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a facemask before you enter the clinic. These steps will help us to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
  • If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

For More Detailed Information

Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health web site at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ novel-coronavirus-2019.html