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NOTICE Due to COVID-19, we are implementing new protocols to help keep our patients and staff healthy. Temperatures will be checked at the door prior to entering the building. Our patients will also be asked a series of screening questions. If you are sick, call us when you arrive in the parking lot and we will assess you in your car. Please make sure that your patient portal information is up to date so that we may contact you if necessary. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (910) 792‐1001.
This month’s IN-FOCUS is the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by a new virus identified in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. The disease causes respiratory illness (much like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (maintain a 6-foot distance) with people who are unwell. Wearing cloth face covers can reduce your health risk.
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, and it is now believed the virus may spread simply from talking and breathing. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms.