What is the 2019 novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus, abbreviated as COVID-19, is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild, causing cold or flu-like symptoms.

How does the virus spread?

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According to the CDC, COVID-19 is spreading through “community spread.” Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including individuals who are not sure how they were infected. The most likely method of human-to-human transmission is through tiny droplets spread by coughing and sneezing.

Am I at risk for COVID-19?

The risk assessment may change daily as this is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest updates, visit the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 website.

What are symptoms of COVID-19?

Per the CDC, fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of COVID-19 and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. (Incubation period is based on what has previously been seen as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses)

What should I do if I feel sick?

Please stay at home if you believe you are sick. If you need to see a doctor, please feel free to call us at AFC Urgent Care and we will work with you and the health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Per the CDC, if you suspect you may have COVID-19, you should not use public transportation or ride sharing services.

As Medical Director of AFC, what are you during to closely monitor the situation?

We are regularly following updates on COVID-19 from the CDC and communicating information to all of our providers and clinic staff as the CDC’s reporting and recommendations evolve.

Providing physician consultations and COVID-19 screenings over the phone

In an effort to stem the spread of the infection and provide telemedicine services, AFC has launched our TeleCare Hotline. The online call command center is available to anyone, not just current patients of AFC, and allows physicians to virtually screen patients for possible coronavirus infection, as well as to treat other acute and chronic illnesses for patients of all ages prior to stepping foot in a medical facility. Simply call our center at 914-930-5550 or go online to do a virtual visit: https://www.afcurgentcare.com/nytelemed  Stay safe. Stay well.