About Novel Coronavirus
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing guidance and updates at 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.
Lake Regional is Committed to You
Lake Regional is monitoring the situation closely, and we receive regular updates from the Missouri Department of Health Senior Services and the CDC. A multidisciplinary team that includes Infection Prevention and Emergency Management personnel is meeting regularly to ensure we are taking all recommended precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients and employees.
Lake Regional is screening patients at all intake points for potential exposure to this virus. When patients check in, front desk and registration staff will ask about the patient’s travel history and symptoms of a communicable disease, and implement isolation precautions, as appropriate.
Seek medical care if you have traveled to China during past two weeks and develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing. Call ahead before going to the doctor or emergency room and tell them about your travel history and about any symptoms.
For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.
Prevention and Treatment
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. Individuals infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
The CDC recommends everyday prevention actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For more information about Novel Coronavirus, CDC.gov.