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For Information Contact Mississippi State Health Department COVID-19 Hotline: (877) 978-6453 (now available 24/7)
If symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 develop, immediately contact the local Hospital at (662) 627-3211 – to be screened and tested, if necessary.
- Coronavirus-19, also known as COVID-19 or SARS-2 virus is named as such because it has spikes on its surface like a crown (corona).
- There are many types of coronaviruses but only a few cause human infections. Nearly 25% of “the common cold” in humans are caused by coronaviruses.
- However, some types of coronaviruses can cause severe disease like COVID-19.
- Currently there is no approved treatment for this viral infection.
- Patients’ symptoms are managed until the immune system can clear it.
- It is best to avoid using Ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, Advil contain ibuprofen) to treat fever in this infection because this drug may make the infection worse.
- Fever may be treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) but not more than 3-4 doses a day.
- In addition, drinking plenty of fluids frequently will help symptoms.
- It is best to avoid any unreliable therapies reported, especially on social media.
- This virus spreads quickly between humans because there is no known treatment or vaccine.
- Most people will develop symptoms within 5 days after exposure and during this time they can infect others they come in contact with.
- Most infections are mild or without symptoms but over 20% can get very sick. Severe and fatal infection can be seen in infants less than 12 months, adults over 60-65 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions affecting the lung, heart, and kidney, or chronic diseases like diabetes or HIV.
- Most patients with mild symptoms will recover within 10-14 days.
- They are capable of spreading the virus during that time.
- WASHING HANDS frequently for at least 20 seconds each time is the best way to control transmission
- Avoiding crowded areas unless urgent.
- Staying at least 6 feet away from another individual may limit transmission.
- Cough into the elbow, instead of the hands, and trying not to touch the face or eyes
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging, sharing food or drinks with others
- Eating only well-cooked food; washing all fruits and vegetables before eating
- Avoiding going to hospitals or doctor’s offices unless needed.
- Initial symptoms may include fever, sore throat and a dry cough.
- Some may start with abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
- As the disease progresses, worsening cough, painful swallowing and difficulty breathing can present quickly.
OUR CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI FREE HEALTH CARE CLINIC LOCATION SERVES THE UNDERPRIVILEGED RESIDENTS OF CLARKSDALE ALONG WITH COAHOMA, TUNICA, QUITMAN, PANOLA, SUNFLOWER, BOLIVAR AND TALLAHATCHIE COUNTIES. WE ALSO SERVE NORTHERN ALABAMA & SOUTHERN ARKANSAS!
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1540 DeSoto Ave. Clarksdale, MS. 38614-6902