People have a lot of question about the Coronavirus. We’ve put together this information for our patients to answer the most common questions women have. Please follow us on social media for ongoing updates from our office. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.
The Coronavirus, CoVID-19
There has been an outbreak of a new virus called CoVID-19, which began in December 2019. While the illness started in China, people with the virus have been confirmed in many countries including the United States.
Since this coronavirus is new, health authorities are still learning more about the virus and how it spreads. The situation is quickly changing and the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) provides updated information as it becomes available: https://www.cdc.gov/ncov
How can I best protect myself from getting the novel coronavirus virus?
Use proper hand hygiene including washing hands with soap or using hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm. Do not use your hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces such as countertops and doorknobs.
- Keep away from others who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
What should I do if I don’t feel well?
If you have a fever, go home immediately and stay there until at least 24 hours after the fever goes away naturally without the use of fever-reducing medicine. For example, if your fever lasts for three days, you should stay home for at least four days.
Consider not attending or hosting large gatherings. This is where cold, flu and other respiratory viruses are often spread.
Should I avoid going to public events?
We know that viruses spread easily in large groups of people, so if you can, you should avoid large gatherings, especially if you do not feel well.
Do I need to wear a mask?
You may see some people buying and wearing face masks, but you should know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not currently recommend that healthy people wear a mask to prevent novel coronavirus. Masks are not foolproof and just because you are wearing one, it does not mean you are in the clear from getting sick.
Facemasks can be helpful for sick people to wear so that they do not spread germs to others. We do not recommend healthy people wear face masks to protect from novel coronavirus.
Santa Clara County
As of today, March 4th, there are 14 confirmed cases in Santa Clara County.
El Camino Hospital
El Camino Hospital is treating at least two patients with confirmed coronavirus. As a hospital, ECH always has patients with infections, some severe and has clear protocols to prevent the spread of infections from one patient to another. The hospital is open and will remain open and is fully caring for all of its patients. The CDC has visited the hospital since the outbreak and has commended ECH on doing everything correctly to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.
There is no increased risk of acquiring coronavirus from coming to El Camino Hospital vs other public spaces with a large number of people. The risk is slightly higher if you come through the ER, which is the case with any ER in Santa Clara County. There are visitor restrictions to prevent people from unnecessarily exposing themselves to the virus, similar to what we have most flu seasons.
For our patients scheduled for surgery, we are continuing all cases as scheduled at this time.
For our pregnant patients, rest assured, we will continue to care for and deliver our patients at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. We encourage all patients to be aware of visitor restrictions around the time of delivery.
El Camino Women’s Medical Group
Our office is up and running. We’d like to emphasize that many people with a mild cough or the sniffles likely have seasonal allergies. Some will have viral and infectious common colds, others will have the flu, and there’s a very small chance someone will have the coronavirus.
Out of an abundance of caution, any staff or physicians who are exhibiting respiratory symptoms or have a fever are not coming to the office. We ask for your patience if any appointments need rescheduling or if we seem understaffed some days.
For patients that arrive with respiratory symptoms, our front desk staff will request you wear a mask while in the office to prevent any possible spread of the flu or coronavirus.
We are going to start arranging televisits for appropriate patients who are interested in avoiding coming to the office. Depending on recommendations from the CDC and the SCCPHD, we may arrange separate times to see women who are pregnant or have urgent needs who also have symptoms for their routine visits in a manner that minimizes the risk of exposure to all patients.
This is a very dynamic situation, ongoing updates will be on our social media and on the websites of El Camino Health, the CDC and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. We recommend sticking to these sources.