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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

WHAT IS IT?

The coronavirus is a newly discovered virus first identified in Wuhan, China. This virus can cause health issues ranging from the common cold to severe pneumonia. COVID-19, short for coronavirus disease 2019, is the name of the disease caused by the virus.

HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

This virus can spread from person to person, mostly between those who are in close contact (within 6 feet), through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

WHAT ARE THE BEST STEPS FOR PREVENTION?

To stop the spread of COVID-19, health experts say to:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it away, followed by thorough hand washing.
  • Wash 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.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

FEELING SICK?

Mild symptoms: The CDC and state health authorities recommend that you stay home until you feel well. If your symptoms worsen, and you have questions about your medical care, contact your primary care provider.

Severe symptoms: If you develop more severe symptoms, like shortness of breath, high fever, or changes in consciousness, we recommend you go to your nearest emergency room (please call ahead if possible) or call 911.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER RISK INDIVIDUALS

The CDC has identified that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, or diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system. If you or your loved one are in one of these groups, in addition to the general disease prevention tips listed above, here are some additional precautions to take

  • Avoid crowded places where you may be in contact with sick people, such as malls, movie theaters, large gatherings, cruises, etc. Avoid hospitals or nursing homes unless you are there to receive medical care.
  • Have a plan for if you or your caregiver gets sick. Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc., if you become sick.
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

WANT MORE INFORMATION?

We understand many people have concerns. The websites below can provide you with more information about COVID-19 and precautions you can take. We encourage you to visits these sites to learn more:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Alabama Department of Public Health

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600 St. Clair Avenue SW
Building 3
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-536-4700
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600 St. Clair Avenue SW
Building 7 Suite 18
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-382-5696
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112 S. Pine Street SW
Suite 202
Florence, AL 35630
256-764-0492
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201 E. McKinney Avenue
Suite A
Albertville, AL 35950
256-660-5127
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