Robert R. Cawley, D.O.
Dover, NH 03802
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital's COVID-19 Test Results (as of October 1):
What is 2019 novel coronavirus?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified at the end of 2019 during an investigation into an outbreak of respiratory illness and pneumonia in Wuhan, China.
What are the COVID-19 Symptoms?
The most common COVID-19 symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you are experiencing symptoms
How do people catch coronavirus?
The virus is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread when someone touches a surface, such as a door handle, which has been contaminated with respiratory droplets or secretions from an individual with Covid-19 infection, and thereafter touches his/her face or mouth.
Who is at greatest risk for developing severe symptoms?
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. These medical conditions include asthma, lung disease, serious heart conditions, diabetes, and HIV, among others.
Visit the CDC website for action plans if you fall into any of these high-risk categories.
What is the difference between coronavirus and viruses that cause the common cold?
There are many types of human coronavirus, including some that cause mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses.
Most people get infected with one or more of these common coronaviruses at some point in their lives. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is NOT the same as common coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus which has arisen from an animal reservoir that had not been previously identified. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus infection.
If I am diagnosed with COVID-19, how do I prevent spreading it to others in my home or in your home or residential community?
If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and have been cleared to return home, here are tips to prevent spreading it to other household members while you are self-isolating.
Read more about Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
What should community members do to stay safe?
Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other Covid-19 and other respiratory viruses:
Should I wear a mask when I go out in public?
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Visit the CDC's Use of Cloth Face Coverings page for more information.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses such as colds or the flu is through everyday preventive actions.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers
Proper handwashing is a safe and effective practice to prevent the spread of illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend five steps for proper handwashing
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information, specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
Printable Resource (English) Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands.
Printable Resource (Español) ¡Detenga los microbios! Lávese las manos.
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