Staying Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis

Submitted by Chesapeake Regional Healthcare on March 23, 2020

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What is Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses of varying severity from a mild "common cold" to a more severe illness like SARS, MERS-CoV and now the COVID-19. These viruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between people and animals.

COVID-19 is a new disease, cause by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
 
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Know the symptoms of COVID-19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease cases. Symptoms which may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Am I at risk?

Call your health care professional immediately if you feel any of the above symptoms, have difficulty breathing and have been in close contact with someone who was confirmed, or suspected, to have COVID-19 or international travel to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak. View the CDC's travel page for more information. Your health care professional will work with the Virginia Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

 

How to Stop the Spread of Germs

Follow these guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough in your elbow
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces with disinfectant
  • Stay home if you’re sick and quarantine yourself to protect the spread of illness
  • Avoid travel and large gatherings
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available and make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol

What to Do if You're Sick

  1. Stay home. If you are experiencing symptoms but do not need emergency care, stay home.
  2. Call your provider. If you are sick and may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your primary health care professional. 
  3. Get help. If you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, dry cough or are short of breath, and you've contact your primary health care professional, go to the hospital to be screened. 

Resources You Can Rely on For Accurate Information

In response to the evolving COVID-19 global public health situation, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) and the Virginia Healthcare Emergency Management Program (VHEMP) have established a resource web page with Virginia-specific information, video content, informational links and a frequently asked question guide about preparations and precautions happening in the Commonwealth. The webpage can be accessed online here.
  • National resources: Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for the most current national information and resources.

  • Virginia resources: The Virginia Healthcare Emergency Management Program (VHEMP) coordinates emergency preparedness across the Commonwealth. View their resources

  • North Carolina resources: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. View their resources

  • Regional resources: If you'd like information on COVID-19 screening guidelines, restaurant closings, childcare and other important information, please call the Health Department's Public Information Hotline: 757-683-2745.

  • City resources: Chesapeake Regional is participating with the City of Chesapeake's Unified Command for the COVID-19 response. The City of Chesapeake has a webpage for Chesapeake specific information. 

  • CRH resources: Follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChesapeakeRegionalHealthcare/ to be notified of CRH updates immediately. 

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