For more information about the novel coronavirus and how it is affecting your area, please call:
AFC Urgent Care Stamford: 203-969-2000
Connecticut Department of Health: 860-509-7994
Western Connecticut Health Network: 888-667-9262
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that is quickly spreading worldwide, with 48 confirmed cases in Connecticut as of March 17th. A coronavirus is an upper respiratory infection. COVID-19 currently does not have a known vaccination and spreads through direct contact with surfaces or people who are currently infected.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms. If you begin to develop any of the following symptoms, you should contact a physician immediately to inquire about testing:
- Persistent dry cough
- High fever (over 102 F)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Body aches
- Chest congestion
- Sore throat
- Cramping of the stomach
COVID-19 has an incubation of between two and fourteen days, with symptoms often presenting about a week after exposure. However, many individuals who have tested positive for the virus have been asymptomatic, displaying no symptoms at all. Even without symptoms, you can still be highly contagious to those around you. Patients who are considered to be higher risk for the virus include patients over the age of 60 and people with chronic or underlying health conditions including lung and heart disease, diabetes, cancer or otherwise compromised immune systems.
Prevention of COVID-19
The virus is spread through direct contact with objects, surfaces and people already infected with the virus. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, take these steps:
- Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer can be used if water is not available. Take special care to wash your hands after changing a diaper, using the restroom, before and after handling food and before eating.
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth. By touching your face with unwashed hands, you may be transmitting germs from other surfaces including your phone, laptop or desk to your body, which in turn can get you sick.
- Wipe down your commonly used surfaces and devices with disinfecting cleaning agents. Make sure cleaning products used on your phone, laptop, tablet or keyboard are safe for use on electronics. You should take care to clean objects and surfaces at least once per day, because viruses and germs can live longer than on your hands and fingers which are in constant motion.
- Before you have to cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth to contain germs. This can be done with a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
- Current state guidelines call for social distancing, which means avoiding large groups of people until further notice. This excludes grocery stores, pharmacies and local urgent cares for medical treatment.
Urgent Care in Stamford, CT
AFC Urgent Care Stamford is available for all non-emergent medical needs. Whether you are suffering from an early attack of your spring allergies or sustained an injury during an at-home workout, we are accepting walk-in patients seven days a week. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please call ahead before your arrival so we have adequate time to prepare and avoid potential spread. Most major insurance plans are accepted. For questions, please call 203-969-2000.