COVID-19 Information & Guidelines

Written by Abbie Byrom

March 16, 2020

Covid-19 is a respiratory virus that is believed to be transmitted through invisible airborne microbes when a person coughs or sneezes. Once a patient is infected with Covid-19 they can expect to have mild to severe flu-like or pneumonia symptoms, including but not limited to: fever, dry cough, muscle aches and pains, joint pain, and diarrhea. 

If you think you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please schedule an online appointment with Danese Rexroad, NP, your Ways2Well clinical provider.

If you believe you have symptoms of, or may have been exposed to Covid-19 and need to be tested, please call XXX now.  

In order to provide reliable and accurate information on the spread of Covid-19, Ways2Well is sharing the current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.  We will continue to update this page with new information as needed.

Current CDC Guidelines for Covid-19 3/16/2020

How to prepare

Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases. Frequently update yourself on this information for signs and symptoms and what to do if you are symptomatic.

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
  • Limit movement in the community
  • Limit visitors
  • Know what additional measures those that are vulnerable and at higher risk should take
  • Implement steps to prevent illness to protect yourself and your family
  • Create a plan for your household
  • Consider a 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food, and other essentials
  • Establish ways to communicate with others (family, friends, coworkers)
  • Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, and how to adapt to the cancellation of events.
  • Stay informed about emergency plans

Protecting Yourself

  • There is currently no vaccine
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to it
  • It is thought to spread person-to-person, generally within about 6 feet of one another, through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, which can then be inhaled into the lungs or land in another person’s mouth or nose
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, unless you need medical care
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick you should where a facemask if you are around other people if they are available to you. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes
  • If you are NOT sick than you do not need a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick. Facemasks are in short supply and should be saved for caregivers
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Ex: doorknobs, tables, light switches, countertops, desks, handles, desks, phones, toilets, faucets, keyboards and sinks.
  • Use detergent or soap and water before disinfection if the surface is dirty.

Symptoms & Treatment

  • Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
  • The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS_CoV Viruses
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
  • Emergency signs include:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all-inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Thre is currently no known vaccine to treat Covid-19. If you are sick or believe you have been exposed to the virus:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Avoid public areas, do not go to work, school, or public areas if you are sick
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-shares, and taxis
  • Stay away from others.
    • Stay in a separate room than other people in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible.
  • Avoid contact with pets and animals, although there have not been reports of the disease spreading to pets or animals it is still recommended to limit contact with them until more is known about the virus.
  • If you do interact with pets or animals, wash your hands before and after interacting with them and wear a facemask if available.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor or healthcare provider and tell them you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare providers office take steps to keep other people from getting sick
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Dispose of all used tissues in lined trash cans
  • Wash your hands immediately after coughing or sneezing
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, cups, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, and bedding.
  • Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
  • Monitor your symptoms

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (ex. Difficulty breathing):

  • Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency
  • Discontinuing home isolation
  • Stay at home until instructed to leave
  • Talk to your health care provider before discounting home isolation.