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What is COVID?

By: Michelle Tutt, MSN-FNP-C, BSN, RN
Mon, Feb 8, 2021


COVID 19 is a virus that was first identified years ago. It is a respiratory virus that is associated with mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
It is similar to so many illnesses that we have known about and treating for many years but it has some qualities that are making it unique and challenging to treat. We are learning more and more every day about the virus.

 

What are the symptoms to look for?

The symptoms that we are seeing is what is making this a challenging medical adventure for all of us.

 

Keep an out for these…

  • severe headaches
  • fevers
  • cough
  • sinus and nasal congestion
  • body aches
  • loss of sense of taste or smell
  • nausea and vomiting and diarrhea

With all of these different symptoms, it’s not a surprise that it has been so challenging for the public and the medical community

 

At Advanced Emurgent Care we follow the most updated recommendations from the CDC for care and treatment of COVID. The CDC recommendations are as follows...


If you test positive for COVID, the CDC recommends you quarantine for 10-14 days.  After 10 days, your viral load (the amount of virus in your body) is so low you are no longer considered contagious.

 

What does that mean for you?

After 10 days, you may return to what we now call “normal life.”
That means coming out of quarantine, wearing your mask, maintaining a 6-foot distance to help prevent the spread of air droplets from person to person and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

  • Make sure you are washing your mask or changing out disposable masks regularly

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching soiled surfaces

CDC no longer states that you need 3 negative tests to return to work, again, after 10 days your viral load is low enough that you are no longer considered contagious.

The CDC no longer recommends immediate treatment with antibiotics or steroids for mild cases of COVID. Treat your symptoms, stay hydrated, take medication for body aches or fever. Notify us at Urgent Care or your PCP if you feel you are getting worse and need further treatment or concerns that you may need to be seen at the ER.

 

HERE AT ADVANCED EMURGENT CARE WE OFFER RAPID AND PCR COVID SWABS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE AND HEALTH, PLEASE CALL OR COME IN FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS .