Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates
Because the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, we will be updating this page regularly.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Broadcasts
Join us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:30 (ET) on Facebook. We will be broadcasting LIVE events about neurological disorders and Coronavirus (COVID-19).
4/6 - Dr. Brian Costell - Neurology Telemedicine and Telehealth in the USA
4/8 - Jeffrey Steinberg, MD - TBA
Go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FCNeurology If you are not able to attend one of these events, you can watch the videos below.
Recorded Coronavirus COVID-19 Videos
Elizabeth Brinegar, Director of Ancillary Services talks about Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety procedures in our infusion centers.
Keith Mortman, MD talks about a virtual reality rendering created to see inside a COVID-19 patient's lungs at the George Washington University Hospital. The patient is in his late 50s and the only underlying medical condition he has is high blood pressure. He was intubated and connected to a mechanical ventilator. There is rapid progression, and damage to the lungs. Young people are now becoming infected with COVID-19. Some are asymptomatic carriers and may not shows signs or symptoms of the disease. They can pass the virus on to other people they come in contact with.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms
The incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to be within 14 days following exposure, with most cases occurring approximately four to five days after exposure. The spectrum of symptomatic infection ranges from mild to critical; most infections are not severe. Call your doctor’s office prior to reporting in person for an evaluation.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
- New: Loss of smell and taste
UPDATE: Doctors have observed neurological symptoms, including confusion, stroke, and seizures, in a small subset of COVID-19 patients. These neurological syndromes join other unusual symptoms, such as a diminished sense of smell and taste as well as heart ailments.
UPDATE: 50% of Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients are now presenting GI symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal Pain
UPDATE: Presymptomatic coronavirus patients can spread the disease 1-3 days before showing signs.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you develop emergency warning signs for Coronavirus (COVID-19) get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your doctor for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Those with mild cases of COVID-19 appear to recover within one to two weeks. For severe cases, recovery may take six weeks or more. About 1% of infected people worldwide will succumb to the disease.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
Since COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus, information about it is changing constantly.
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, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
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. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.
Based on what we currently know, the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, elbow or sleeve, and be sure to discard used tissues into the trash.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around other people.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Stay home from school, work or public gatherings when you are sick.
Presymptomatic coronavirus patients can spread the disease 1-3 days before showing signs
A new Centers for Disease Control report suggests that nearly 40% of Americans hospitalized (at the time of the report) were between the ages of 20 and 50. Numbers are changing fast as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the country, but the report’s findings are clear: Younger people must take this outbreak seriously, even if they feel healthy and immune to its effects.
A Message from our Doctors about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Grocery Shopping Tips during COVID-19
How to Disinfect your Car
How to Clean Your iPhone during COVID-19
How to Make Your Own Face Mask
The CDC recommends wearing a mask or cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc). Face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
Telehealth or eHealth is a service provided by several practitioners at First Choice Neurology. We offer a free, secure, and easy-to-use app Healow, for our patients to communicate with their doctor remotely (from your home) and manage your health care.
Telehealth is the same as an office visit, except you are seeing your doctor virtually. Telehealth visits are covered by your insurance carrier as a routine visit with your doctor.
The physicians of First Choice Neurology have pioneered the use of Telehealth to enable patients anywhere in the world to access their neurology doctor without ever setting foot in a physical office. This is a great tool for patients who are traveling out of town, busy at work, feeling sick, lacking transportation, or just wishing to stay at home.
The cutting-edge platform permits the doctor to conduct a face-to-face virtual office visit on a remote basis from his desktop to your online device. It is simple to schedule.