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Covid 19 Information

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Coronavirus — or COVID-19, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has named it — became a pandemic in early 2020. Other types of coronaviruses (like the common cold) have been around for a while, but COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that hasn’t affected humans until now. Because of its novelty, its ease of spread, and initial lack of vaccines, we had to rely on lockdowns, mask wearing, and social distancing to mitigate spread and protect the vulnerable as best we could. Since early 2021 scientists developed vaccines specific to COVID-19 vastly deceasing the risk of dying from the virus.

How does COVID-19 spread?

It spreads from person to person through airborne droplets creating greater risk of infection in densely packed setting with poor ventilation.

How can I help prevent spreading the virus?

Consistent face mask use has shown to be very effective in lowering transmission rates. Masks should be surgical grade or N95 which are now widely available. Also practice normal hand and face hygiene by wiping down surfaces regularly, don’t touch your face, and washing your hands. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve — not your hands — and always throw away the tissue. Avoid close contact with other people who are sick, and stay home if you’re sick.

What are the COVID vaccines?

The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines have been approved for use in the US. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots six weeks apart for you to be considered fully vaccinated. The J&J vaccine is only one dose. The CDC now recommends a third booster shot of Pfizer and Moderna to fully protect against the Delta and Omicron COVID variant. It is also recommended to get a booster of Pfizer or Moderna if you had the single J&J shot previously.

What are the COVID Variants?

As viruses circulate in the population they naturally mutate. These mutations are why we need a different flavor of flu vaccine every year. The same will likely be true for the COVID vaccines. Often these mutations can cause a virus to be more infections or more deadly. The Delta variant was found to be as infectious as the original COVID strain but a bit more virulent. The current Omicron variant is extremely more infectious but appears to be less deadly as well. The good news is that, historically, as a virus mutates it tends to become less dangerous. COVID-19 will quite likely morph into another common cold variant over the years.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Fever is the most common symptom; you might also have a cough and respiratory distress. A fever — not just a runny nose — would warrant thoughts of coronavirus. Also a lost of taste or sense of smell is strongly suggestive of a COVID infection.

Should I go to the emergency room if I think I have a touch of the flu?

No! Unless symptoms include trouble breathing, chest pain, bluish coloration of the lips or face, confusion, or the inability to arouse, please do not go to the hospital. With both the coronavirus and flu, those with mild to moderate symptoms can isolate themselves at home and recuperate there.
If it is not an emergency and you are concerned, call or send a message to your doctor’s office for advice. You can also make an appointment for a virtual visit with your doctor, if possible. They will be able to determine the best course of action based upon your symptoms.

Am I more likely to catch the virus if I have a compromised immune system or am receiving cancer treatment?

Yes, you could be more susceptible. The main concern is that a person with a compromised immune system — like those undergoing chemotherapy or taking transplant anti-rejection medication — will have a diminished ability to fight the virus. The best protection is precaution. In any scenario, immune-compromised patients are advised to wash their hands regularly. They should also wear masks when visiting their provider or walking around crowded public areas, and avoid those places as much as possible. If you or a loved one are in this situation, be sure to get in touch with your doctor’s office for any specific instructions or questions you may have.

Are children more or less likely to get the virus?

Kids seem to have the lowest risk of getting and showing signs of infection, but we don’t know about newborns.

Can I get sick if I haven’t come into contact with anyone infected with coronavirus?

Yes. The virus can travel from an area of infection, like Italy or China, from person to person without causing symptoms in some people. One of those people could still infect someone, and that person could show symptoms. This is called community spread and is one of the reasons government officials are recommending limiting activities with large gatherings of people and have taken measures like school closures.

Can pets get coronavirus?

This virus jumped from animals to humans, so it’s possible that pets could get it. We take some of what we know about this virus from influenza, so as a precautionary measure, it’s not a bad idea to stay away from your pets if you get sick if possible.

Is there anything I can do right now to prepare for a potential outbreak in my area?

Plan ahead — it’s the same as when a big storm is predicted. Refill your prescriptions now. Make sure you have non-perishable foods. If your kids aren’t going to be able to go to school, think about what they’ll do. But most of all, stay calm and stay informed through reliable sources, like the CDC.

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Copyright © 2020
Titanium Healthcare® Inc.
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Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Locations

LOS ANGELES (downtown)
Tel: 213-765-8123

INGLEWOOD
Tel: 424-541-7006

WHITE MEMORIAL
Tel: 323-435-0191

CYPRESS
Tel: 714-897-1071

LOS ALAMITOS
Tel: 562-430-0015

FRESNO
Tel: 559-432-2488

Headquarters

Titanium Healthcare®
1414 South Grand Ave.,
Suite 475
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Tel: 213-765-8123
Fax: 213-336-3032

Copyright © 2020
Titanium Healthcare® Inc.
All Rights Reserved