Jeffery Tun, MD
Primary Care Physician located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Forest Hills, NY
With more Americans being diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) every day, it’s essential to know the warning signs, so you know when to contact Jeffery Tun, MD, in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood in New York City and Forest Hills, Queens, for testing and treatment. Having the right information can help you protect yourself and your family and help you get the care you need. Call the office to schedule an appointment or request one online today for expert medical care.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large collection of viruses that may cause a range of respiratory illnesses including the common cold and other more severe illnesses. The virus spreads through the droplets of saliva or nasal discharge that you expel when you cough or sneeze.
While these droplets are airborne, your chances of infection are low unless an infected person coughs or sneezes near you or if you touch a surface a sick person might have touched after sneezing or coughing into their hands.
What are the warning signs of COVID-19?
Like other viral upper respiratory infections, coronavirus causes:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
COVID-19 symptoms usually develop slowly. It’s also possible to have the virus but not have symptoms.
Around 80% of people who get a coronavirus infection recover without any special treatment and only one in six people with COVID-19 become very ill and experience difficulty breathing.
Individuals with a high risk, such as those over the age of 65 or with an existing respiratory condition, should be especially mindful of the risk and practice social distancing and exemplary hygiene.
When should I get tested for COVID-19?
A fever is one of the primary warning signs of coronavirus. For example, if you get seasonal allergies and have a runny nose or sore throat, please don’t panic.
However, if you or a member of your family develop a fever, shortness of breath, and other flu symptoms, like a dry cough, troubled breathing, and bodily aches and pains, call Dr. Tun for advice and to schedule an appointment for testing if necessary.
Health care professionals can provide specific information on what you need to do to take care of yourself and your family.
How can I avoid the spread of COVID-19?
First and foremost, frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. For example, in addition to washing your hands after using the bathroom and before you eat, you should also wash them before and after taking the dog for a walk, making a grocery run, or picking up your mail. Soap and water, as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizers, can kill any virus or other germs that are on your hands.
You should also avoid touching your face. When you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, any virus present on your hands can enter your body and lead to sickness. You should also maintain a distance of at least six feet from anyone, whether they are coughing or sneezing or not, as part of social distancing.
What is social distancing?
You’ve probably heard the term ‘social distancing’ recently. It means staying at home, away from others and crowded public places. Social distancing helps slow or stop the spread of disease by reducing contact between potentially sick people and healthy people.
Remember, you can have the virus and be asymptomatic, but you can still spread the virus to others and vice versa. By limiting contact with other people right now, you can help keep your family and your community healthy.
If you have a fever and other flu symptoms and want to know whether you need a coronavirus test, call Jeffery Tun, MD, or schedule a consultation online for expert medical care and advice.
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