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BY DR. RICHARD VAN ENK
Director of infection prevention and epidemiology at Bronson Healthcare
    Richard Van Enk, director of infection prevention and epidemiology at Bron- son Healthcare, answers some of the most commonly asked questions about COVID-19.
Who is most at risk for getting COVID-19? Anyone can get COVID-19, but older adults as well as those with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems, may be at a higher risk of developing a severe case of the illness.
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Cover your cough: Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or tissue, and wash your hands immedi- ately after.
Wear a face mask: The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended using a cloth face mask to cover your mouth and nose when you are around people you don’t live with or when going to a public place like a grocery store.
What is the novel coronavirus, COVID-19? COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that is easily spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets or by contact with an infected surface or object.
How can I protect my loved ones and myself from getting COVID-19? Everyone should take measures to protect themselves. Even if you do not have symptoms, you could be a carrier of the virus and unknowingly pass it on to others.
• Wash your hands often: Using soap
What are the signs and symp- toms of COVID-19? Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Research shows that most of us will only show mild to moderate symptoms if contracting the virus, or even no symptoms at all. Some of the common symptoms may include:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
and water, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you are using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer contain- ing at least 60% alcohol, make sure to thoroughly cover all surfaces on your hands and let dry. Both options are equally effective.
I’m having symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do?
Unless you need urgent medical care, it’s important to stay home to avoid in- fecting other people. If your symptoms worsen, there are a number of ways
you can seek medical advice right from home. In most cases, you do not need to be a Bronson patient to take advantage of these services.
• Call a Bronson Care Advisor at (269)
Unfortunately, some people who get COVID-19 will experience symptoms that are much more severe, and in some cases, could be life-threatening.
• Stay home: Stay home as much as possible. Only run errands that are essential, such as getting food at the grocery store or medicine from the pharmacy.
341-7788 and they will connect you to the care option that best meets your needs.
10 SCENE 4505 I ESSENTIAL ISSUE
For most Michiganders,
life has changed drastically since the state confirmed its first case of the novel coronavi- rus, COVID-19,
in March. Dr.
Seek medical treatment immediately if you have any of the following warning signs:
• Trouble breathing
Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order directing residents to say in the home unless they’re part of an essential workforce, engaging in outdoor activ- ity, or performing necessary tasks like going to the grocery store or seeking medical care. If you are going to an area where there are other people, keep at least six feet of distance between you and others. Stay home if you are sick.
What You Need to Know About COVID-19: An Informative Discussion with Bronson Expert
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion or inability to arouse • Bluish lips or face
• Practice social distancing: On March 20, Michigan Governor
• Do a BronsonConnect Video Visit. Log in from your phone, tablet or computer and a doctor will quickly assess your condition and recommend next steps. Use coupon code 2020 and get the care you need now for just $20.
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IMMEDIATE CARE
If you suspect you have COVID-19 or have a minor health concern and can’t go see your own doctor right now, get your symptoms checked out with a BronsonConnect Video Visit. Download our app at bronsonhealth.com/ videovisit. For a limited time, use coupon code 2020 for a $20 immediate care visit.
COUNSELING & PSYCHIATRY
Are you feeling anxious or depressed? It’s important to make your mental health a priority – especially during these uncertain times. Video visits for counseling and psychiatry are also available through BronsonConnect. The cost of behavioral health video visits start at $105 per session.
 • Call your primary healthcare pro- vider or, if you’re a Bronson patient, contact them through your Bronson MyChart account.
Where can I learn more about COVID-19? You can find
more information about COVID-19 at bronsonhealth.com.























































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