Coronavirus Information for Our Patients and the Public
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The novel strain of coronavirus causing so much concern right now is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
With news of COVID-19 being seemingly everywhere, it’s easy to get information about it that is either not current, or not accurate. We encourage you to educate yourself on it, but only from trusted medical sources, like your primary-care physician or medical practice, or through dedicated online professional health sites like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Vidant Health, all of whom have devoted large portions of their websites to COVID-19.
The CDC has released two handouts that are very helpful in understanding the virus and its impacts, which you are welcome to read and download from us. Simply click on the links below to access them:
On March 23, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) also released guidance for potential COVID-19 patients: