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What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, please call and speak with a staff member before coming to the clinic, call (405) 948-4900.

 

COVID-19 Testing
Testing is available at Oklahoma City Indian Clinic to current patients Monday – Friday by appointment. Please call your medical care team to request a test at (405) 948-4900 ext. 142 for adult patients and ext. 633 for pediatric patients. The testing location is at 4901 W. Reno Ave. Ste. 750, Oklahoma City, OK 73127. Currently, COVID-19 tests are not given to non-patients. If you are not a patient and need a test, please visit Oklahoma State Department of Health’s website here. 

About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China. Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.

Symptoms
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing that may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Other symptoms can include: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, a new loss of taste or smell. If you have two or more of these symptoms, please consult your medical provider. This list is not all-inclusive. For a full list of symptoms visit the CDC website here.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

How it spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person from droplets that can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. 
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet), hand washing and wearing a mask are very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 can spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

  • Current data suggest that it can live on some surfaces for up to 12 hours.
  • Use disinfectants with label claims to be effective against other respiratory pathogens, such as seasonal influenza and other human coronaviruses. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for use, contact time, and care in handling.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Prevention and Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
  • 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.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC recommends everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Continue to keep about six feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

*There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. 

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s commitment to our community
We continue to keep the health and well-being of our community, patients and staff as a priority. To that end, if you are feeling sick, please stay home. Staying home when you are ill will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our community.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer these tips to prevent influenza and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people. 
  • Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Sleeves are a secondary option, but close proximity to the elbow is required.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).  

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and obtain updates from health officials. Each day, our staff uses a hospital-grade disinfectant that is effective against viruses, such as COVID-19. Because this situation is rapidly changing, please utilize the following resources for up-to-date and accurate information:

Ear-loop face masks DO NOT prevent transmission of the coronavirus, however, this will help reduce the risk of infection to those in close proximity. 

REMINDER: PER CDC RECOMMENDATIONS

If you test positive, follow these updated guidelines: (as of December 27, 2021)

  • Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
  • For persons exposed to COVID-19, the CDC recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. 

 

updated September 7, 2022

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