COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQ

Televisits are now available

Call us at 248-630-3722 to schedule or convert an existing appointment to a televist.

How Should I prepare for COVID-19?

  1. Know where to find local information. For Oakland County Mi the health department website has information on local exposures
  2. Know the Symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath. If you think you may have the virus follow CDC Guidelines and give us a call at 248-630-3722.
  3. Higher Risk individuals: If you have Heart Disease, Diabetes, Lung Disease or are an older adult follow CDC guidelines for higher risk individuals.
  4. Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
  5. Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
  6. Stay informed! Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.

How does COVID-19 spread?

  1. COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. That said, here's what we know
  2. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  3. Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
    • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
    • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  4. Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  5. How easily does the virus spread? How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

If You Are at Higher Risk

  1. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
    • Stock up on supplies.
    • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
    • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
    • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
    • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
    • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
  2. Consult the CDC Website for advice on how to avoid getting sick.

What are the symptoms?

  1. Common Symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
  2. Emergency Warning Signs: If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
    • This list is not all inclusive. Please contact us about other symptoms that are severe or concerning