Updated March 26, 2020
Here is the latest update regarding the current coronavirus outbreak:
The epidemic coronavirus (also called COVID-19, 2019-nCoV, and the Wuhan virus) is now present in Irving, TX and is becoming more widespread in the North Texas region generally.
Symptoms that suggest COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing. Other symptoms are also possible and may include nasal congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, and vomiting. Many people who are infected with the virus never develop symptoms, and many more have only mild cold and flu-like symptoms. However, a small number of people infected with COVID-19 can develop an infection in the lungs – pneumonia – which can be potentially serious.
COVID-19 can be spread in various ways, including direct contact and from airborne droplets, such as from coughing or sneezing. As of now, there is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, although there are treatments under development. That’s why prevention is the key.
To reduce the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19, we recommend the following measures:
- Use common sense precautions in public areas: avoid large gatherings of people, wash your hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- If you have a cough, fever, or otherwise feel sick, avoid close contact with others, especially older or frail individuals. If you have a cough and must go out, consider wearing a face mask. Face masks are not currently recommended for uninfected people but may be considered.
- Updated recommendations for the public are now available at www.coronavirus.gov. Information from other sources (such as friends & family, social media, and local news) may be valid but should be confirmed.
At this time, to reduce the spread of coronavirus in our community, Academic Medical Associates is scheduling all patients with symptoms of possible COVID-19 or exposure to COVID-19 for on-line telemedicine virtual visits. We are also offering telemedicine visits for routine, non-coronavirus related issues, including for new patients. For more information on scheduling a telemedicine visit, please review the relevant sections on our website or call our office to talk with our staff.