GPW Health Center is always prepared to care for patients who may have come into contact with emerging infectious diseases. We are monitoring the outbreak closely and taking action to prepare our team.
Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Shortness of breath
If you have questions or concerns about your health, we encourage you to call local Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Across GPW Health Center, we have standard protocols in place to ensure we are prepared to care for patients who may have come into contact with emerging infectious diseases. This includes a patient travel history screening and a mask-wearing policy for certain presenting symptoms. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are working closely with local health departments to protect our patients and team members.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. This is not a reason to panic but rather to be aware and to take commonsense precautions.
According to the CDC, everyone should keep these things in mind to stay germ-free:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.