With the rapidly changing nature of the Coronavirus outbreak and response to it, we want to make sure patients have access to up-to-date news and information about the virus. We recommend visiting these web pages and screening tool.
We know this is concerning to you and your family, and we want to answer any important questions you may have about this outbreak.
What is a coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory illnesses. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus causes symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
about coronavirus and COVID-19.
Who is most at risk?
Those most at risk are older adults, babies, and those with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems. Health care workers caring for patients with the virus should also exercise extreme caution.
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Is there a vaccine for coronavirus?
There is no vaccine against coronavirus to date. Researchers around the world are working to learn more about this virus.
What can I do to protect myself and my family?
The best way to prevent any virus from spreading is to:
- Practice social distancing
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Using a hand sanitizer can help as well, but washing your hands is always preferable. Teach children early on how to properly wash their hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into the crook of your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and touchpoints like doorknobs, handles, light switches, and your phone.
Continue to practice good hygiene to prevent coronavirus, and other severe illnesses like the flu, from spreading.
For the most up-to-date best practices, visit the CDC website or The New York State Department of Health website.
Should I change my travel plans?
Over the course of the outbreak, travel restrictions have evolved and become stricter. You can find more information about traveling during the outbreak here.
Will there be any changes at my doctor’s office?
Providers are taking precautions as needed. If you are a patient of a BronxDocs provider, you may see some changes like masks for anyone with a cough or symptoms. Staff may ask you if you have traveled to infected areas recently. Don't be alarmed; these protocols are in place to keep you and your community safe.
How can I get accurate information about this virus?