COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update from Barton Health

– Hello, I’m Dr. Clint
Purvance, CEO of Barton Health. I want to spend some time
speaking with you today just about the coronavirus,
and what it means, not only to you as an individual,
but to the health system and the communities that we live in. The coronavirus, also know as COVID-19, is different than the regular flu. I have a lot of people
who ask the question of how is is different,
and why is it different? The coronavirus family is a virus that lives mainly in
animals, commonly in camels, in cats, in bats, and in fact, this virus is thought to
have originated from a bat, and then transmitted to a human in China. Since that transmission
from animal to human, it has spread from human to human. This is concerning because when there is human-to-human spread of viruses that are normally in animals, humans don’t have a natural
immunity to that virus, so we’ve not seen it before. This is one of the big
concerns with coronavirus. The coronavirus has spread from
China throughout the world, in fact, to date, it’s in
most countries of the world on almost every continent,
and in the United States, it’s in almost every state to date. I would anticipate that soon it will be in all of the United States. You’ve heard much on the
media about the coronavirus, and plans at the local,
state, and federal level to try to diminish its spread. I’d like to talk to you a little
bit about the virus itself, and why we have some
challenges ahead of us. First, the virus has known to be spread from a respiratory standpoint, and so the common symptoms of runny nose, cough, fever, and
occasionally sore throat, which mimic some of the
standard flu illnesses we see during this time of year, are also present with the coronavirus. The coronavirus appears to
attach in the lower lungs and cause disease in the air
exchange spaces of our lungs. This can be problematic in
anybody who contracts the virus, but it’s almost known to be
more problematic in those who are over the age of 60, and those who have underlying
medical conditions, like heart or lung disease,
or are immunosuppressed, and may have diabetes or
other health conditions. Because of this, we see a
much more severe picture in high-risk populations
with the coronavirus than we may see than
with the standard flu. Because of the way it spreads, the ease in which is does spread, and the fact that humans don’t
have any natural immunity to the virus, there aren’t
vaccinations for the virus and we’ve not seen it before,
this makes this outbreak particularly worrisome for
communities and for individuals. Now, we do know that most individuals that contract the virus will
be able to clear the virus with their normal immune defenses at home, and it’s going to be safe
for them to be at home. But we also know, because
it spreads so easily, that we want those who can stay at home to stay at home when ill, but when they need additional care that they call us at Barton Health so we can help direct
where to go for that care. Some patients may require
just an outpatient, drive-up visit, or a visit at a clinic
that’s specifically designed to take care of patients with COVID. Others may need assistance from our ER, but in order to help best direct you, we’d ask that you call our
number, which is manned 24/7, so that we can get you to
the right care location. So, what can we do as individuals to help decrease the
spread of the coronavirus, and to keep ourselves and
our loved ones healthy? First, we can all practice good hygiene. One, don’t touch your eyes, face or mouth, and if you do, wash your hands. Two, always wash your hand
after touching surfaces that are high-contact surfaces
where the virus might live, such as doorknobs or gas pumps. And if hand washing is not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol base to it. Three, please stay home when sick so that you don’t spread
illness to others. And also, if you do need care or you do need to go out into the public, call the Barton Clinical Health Line, which is available to
answer your questions and direct your care 24/7. We can work for the greater good and health of the community together. One way to do this is
by social distancing. Because we know the virus is
easily spread person-to-person, and sometimes it can
be spread when a person is asymptomatic, meaning
they’re not showing signs of illness, to other
people who are healthy, we can practice safe
distancing from individuals while we’re out in the community. A safe distance of six feet
ensures that we won’t get ill from somebody who may
be shedding the virus from a respiratory standpoint. It’s also good not to be
in large, crowded spaces. In fact, any event that
has over 250 individuals ought to be canceled or postponed. And if you’re going to be
in groups of individuals where there make be high-risk people for contracting the illness and having a higher severity of illness, then we should limit those
groups to approximately 10 and make certain that
there is ample space, approximately six feet, between
individuals in that room. Please, join with Barton Health in protecting our community
from the coronavirus. Be responsible when out in the community. At Barton Health, we’re here
to serve you and your families. Please help us to diminish
the spread of coronavirus and allow for our
practitioners to stay healthy, and to continue the excellent care that they provide for you
each and every day, thank you.

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