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As of 05.21.2020 – will be updated periodically (initial publish date: 03.05.2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives. Since March 19, 2020, our lives have been about staying at home and practicing physical distancing. We should continue to stay informed and up to date with COVID-19 news and changes.
With information flooding across multiple media platforms, it can be difficult to navigate through the constant updates and be best prepared on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
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COVID-19 spreads easily and rapidly in these ways:
Symptoms of COVID-19 have ranged from mild to severe and can be similar to the symptoms of the common cold and flu. As of May 6, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported the symptoms of COVID-19 include:
These known symptoms have shown to appear between 2-14 days after initial exposure. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health care provider over the phone for medical advice before going to their office (Coronavirus Disease 2019, 2020).
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging individuals to be aware of emergency warning signs including:
If you are experiencing any emergency warning signs, please seek medical help immediately.
It is also important to keep in mind that in addition to the COVID-19 symptoms, it is also allergy and flu season. Here are the different symptoms for allergies, colds, and the flu:
There are several public health laboratories that offer COVID-19 testing (Testing in U.S., 2020). If you suspect you have COVID-19 and/or are displaying symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath), call your primary care physician first. They can help determine if you need to be tested and can help direct you to the correct testing location (Testing, 2020). If your doctor is not providing testing, you can call your local urgent care. However, it is not advised to go to the emergency room just for a test. In addition, the residents in Los Angeles County can call 211, the Los Angeles County information line, to find providers with tests (Becker & Ibarra, 2020).
Testing in California
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California is currently working to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity. Since there are limited tests and resources, testing should be reserved for people with moderate to severe symptoms and people with underlying health conditions (Becker & Ibarra, 2020).
On May 7, 2020, Governor Newsom released a new website that allows California residents to search for nearby test centers: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Nearby/index.html?appid=43118dc0d5d348d8ab20a81967a15401
Testing in Los Angeles County (Schedule a COVID-19 Test, 2020).
Testing in Orange County (COVID-19 Testing, 2020)
Testing in Ventura County (COVID-19 Health Care)
On May 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), granted emergency approval for the use of remdesivir, an antiviral drug for the treatment of COVID-19. There is still limited information about the safety and effectiveness of this drug to treat COVID-19 (Coronavirus Update, 2020). The FDA reviewed data from a clinical trial of the drug and concluded that the potential benefits of remdesivir outweigh the known and potential risks of the drug for patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19. Severe disease is determined by patients with low blood oxygen levels or needing oxygen therapy or breathing support (Coronavirus Update, 2020). At this time, there are no other approved alternative treatments for COVID-19. The emergency approval of the drug also comes with some limitations (U.S. Food and Drug, 2020).
Even though the FDA has provided emergency approval for remdesivir to be used to treat COVID-19, it is not a cure or a vaccine. This drug is used to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients and may decrease the time it takes to recover. Thus, the best way to avoid contracting COVID-19 is to continue to practice physical distancing, stay home, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.
As of May 6, 2020, there is one FDA approved drug to be used to treat COVID-19. However, keep in mind that the most effective way to protect yourself and others against the virus is to be prepared and practice good self-management techniques such as:
Staying informed with up to date information from credible sources will enhance your ability to manage your individual situation during this time. Please continue to learn more about COVID-19 by referencing the following links:
Becker, R., Ibarra, A. (2020). Where California Stands with Coronavirus Testing Right Now. Retrieved from https://calmatters.org/health/coronavirus/2020/03/california-coronavirus-testing-insurance-locations-rules/
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019). (2020). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Coronavirus symptoms vs. flu and cold symptoms: What are the differences? Retrieved from https://abc7.com/6003136/?ex_cid=TA_KABC_FB&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3GDWmOrdsG2wBVK4JNZDEKmj-Imv5WBQ4o56mXG47mZw2t92dT4g49G78
Coronavirus Test. (2020). Retrieved from. https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/coronavirus-test
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Potential COVID-19 Treatment. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-issues-emergency-use-authorization-potential-covid-19-treatment
COVID-19 Testing and Screening. (2020). Retrieved from https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-testing-and-screening
Food and Drug Administration. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/media/137564/download
Frazee, G. (2020). How uninsured patients can get help during COVID-19 pandemic. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/how-uninsured-patients-can-get-help-during-covid-19-pandemic
Frequently Asked Questions. (2020). Retrieved from https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs?id=rrs_faq
Inpatient Hospital Care. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/inpatient-hospital-care
Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-2019). (2020). Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
Schedule a COVID-19 Test. (2020). Retrieved from https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
Testing. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
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