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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019, or “COVID-19,” is an infection caused by a specific virus called SARS-CoV-2. It first appeared in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. People with COVID-19 can have fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Problems with breathing happen when the infection affects the lungs and causes pneumonia.

Experts are studying this virus and will continue to learn more about it over time.

How is COVID-19 spread?

Experts think COVID-19 first spread to people from animals in China that had the virus. But it can also be spread from person to person, similar to the flu. This usually happens when a sick person coughs or sneezes near other people.

Most cases of COVID-19 are in China. But it has spread quickly, and there have been cases in many other countries, including the United States. Most of these happened when people got the infection and then traveled to another country. But in some cases, the virus then spreads to other people. So, there are now smaller outbreaks in several different countries.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms usually start a few days after a person is infected with the virus. But in some people it can take even longer for symptoms to appear. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Feeling tired
  • Muscle aches

Most people have mild symptoms. Some people have no symptoms at all. But in other people, COVID-19 can lead to serious problems like pneumonia, not getting enough oxygen, or even death. This is more common in people who are older or have other health problems.

Will I need tests?

Yes. If your doctor or nurse suspects you have COVID-19, they test samples of fluid taken from inside your nose and mouth. They might also do tests on a sample of mucus that you cough up, as well as your urine and stool (bowel movements). These tests can all show if you have COVID-19 or another infection.

Your doctor might also order a chest X-ray to check your lungs.

How is COVID-19 treated?

Most people with COVID-19 have only mild illness and can rest at home until they get better. If you have more severe illness, you might need to stay in the hospital, possibly in the intensive care unit (also called the “ICU”). There is no specific treatment for the infection, but the doctors and nurses in the hospital can monitor and support your breathing and other body functions, and make you as comfortable as possible.

You might need extra oxygen to help you breathe easily. If you are having a very hard time breathing, you might need to be put on a ventilator. This is a machine to help you breathe.

Can COVID-19 be prevented?

There are things you can do to reduce your chances of getting COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. The table has instructions on how to wash your hands to prevent spreading illness.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Try to stay away from people who have any symptoms of the infection.
  • Some experts recommend avoiding travel to certain countries where there are a lot of cases of COVID-19.

Experts do not recommend wearing a face mask if you are not sick, unless you are caring for someone who has (or might have) COVID-19.

If someone in your home has COVID-19, there are additional things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Keep the sick person away from others – The sick person should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible.
  • Use face masks – The sick person should wear a face mask when they are in the same room as other people. If you are caring for the sick person, you can also protect yourself by wearing a face mask when you are in the room. This is especially important if the sick person cannot wear a mask.
  • Be extra careful around body fluids – If you will be in contact with the sick person’s blood, mucus, or other body fluids, wear a disposable face mask, gown, and gloves. If any body fluids touch your skin, wash your hands with soap right away.
  • Clean often – It’s especially important to clean things that are touched a lot. This includes counters, bedside tables, doorknobs, computers, phones, and bathroom surfaces.
  • Wash hands – Wash your hands with soap and water often.

There is not yet a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

How can I prepare for a possible COVID-19 outbreak?

It is hard to predict where future outbreaks might happen. The best thing you can do to stay healthy is to wash your hands regularly, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.

If there is an outbreak in your area, schools or businesses might close temporarily. If this happens, or if someone in your family gets sick with COVID-19, you might need to stay at home for a period of time. There are things you can do to prepare for this. For example, you might be able to ask your employer if you can work from home, or take time off, if it becomes necessary. You can also make sure you have a way to get in touch with relatives, neighbors, and others in your area. This way you will be able to receive and share information easily.

If you or others in your family are anxious about COVID-19, keep in mind that most people do not get severely ill or die from it. While it helps to be prepared, and there are things you can do to lower your risk, try not to panic.

Where can I go to learn more?

As we learn more about this virus, expert recommendations will continue to change. Check your public health department to get the most updated information about how to protect yourself.

You can also find more information about COVID-19 at the following websites:

●United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov

●World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int

What to do if you suspect you might have COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

If you think you may have the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, this self-assessment tool may help you determine if you need to seek further care.

This information is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have medical questions, consult a health practitioner or your local public health unit.

If you are feeling unwell with any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever, new cough or difficulty breathing (or a combination of these symptoms)?
  • Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose or diarrhea? Symptoms in young children may also be non-specific (for example, lethargy, poor feeding).

And have experienced any of the following:

  • Have you traveled outside the United States in the last 14 days?
  • Does someone you are in close contact with have COVID-19 (for example, someone in your household or workplace)?
  • Are you in close contact with a person who is sick with respiratory symptoms (for example, fever, cough or difficulty breathing) who recently traveled outside the United States?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should seek clinical assessment for COVID-19 over the phone or online.

The majority of COVID-19 illnesses are mild. A clinician can help guide whether you will require further care or potential testing in person. Please use one of the following options:

  • Use a virtual online doctor evaluation. One options is to download and use Baptist Health Care onDemand App. It provides immediate virtual access to licensed doctors and experts anywhere 24/7. After you enroll, you can start your virtual visit using any smart phone, tablet, or computer.
  • Contact your primary care provider (for example, family doctor) or local health department.

If you start to experience worsening symptoms, please call your local emergency department or health department first for further instructions. 

If you answered no to these questions, it is unlikely that you have COVID-19.

Nevertheless, you should continue to monitor your health. If you develop any new symptoms, please seek clinical assessment and testing for COVID-19.

Natural Remedies and Lifestyle Changes for Fibroid Treatment

Women who suffer with fibroid pain and excessive bleeding are always looking for something to relieve their symptoms. These non-cancerous growths in the uterus can cause severe pain and interfere with a woman’s daily life, but not not all women have symptoms. If you are one of the unlucky ones, take some time to look at these alternative natural remedies and lifestyle changes for fibroid treatment.

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Who Is a Candidate for NovaSure?

NovaSure is a specially designed procedure that quickly and effectively treats symptoms of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and generally heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia). Many women with these conditions suffer from excessive, painful bleeding during their cycle that can make everyday activities impossible to complete. Those looking to treat these symptoms once and for all can often find relief with NovaSure.

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Supporting Kids in Distress (2019)

Once again this holiday season, our entire staff donated holiday gifts and gave monetary support to Kids In Distress, an organization for underprivileged children in our community. Every year, we receive from the children a piece of “art work” created by them. These are displayed in our hallway by our lab in our Boca and Boynton office.

Toy donation for Kids in Distree

We take great joy in giving to this great organization. Kids In Distress helps thousands of children in need!

If you would also like to participate, please do not hesitate to contact them at 954-390-7654.

A particular thanks to our phone nurse, Robin Pendleton…who has been instrumental in organizing this for the past several years!!

The art work created by the kids can also be seen on our Facebook album page…

“A sincere thank you to the doctors and staff at Women’s Health Partners for 15 years of helping to put smiles on children’s faces through KIDS IN DISTRESS this holiday season”

 

Travel Warnings and Tips for Pregnant Women

If you decide to vacation, visit old friends, or must travel for work, pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from flying or driving to your destination. As long as you are having a normal pregnancy and you have gotten the OK from Women’s Health Partners, travel is generally approved and safe, but there are some caveats.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

We are proud to announce that Women’s Health Partners is a sponsor for this year’s South Palm Beach County American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk on October 27.

Please join our team as we walk to find a cure for breast cancer. Sign up here.

making strides walk

Event Details

Making Strides of South Palm Beach is presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

It is on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Day of check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

The walk is at FAU Campus, which is located at 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton, FL.

Learn more about the walk here.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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