For questions about COVID-19 and how it is affecting your area, please call:
AFC Urgent Care Norwalk: 203-845-9100.
Connecticut Department of Health: 860-509-7994
Norwalk Infoline: 211
Nuvance Health COVID-19 Community Hotline: 888-667-9262
The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is quickly making its way across the globe, with cases reported in nearly every country and over 40 in Connecticut alone. Because so much is still unknown about the virus, learning the symptoms and ways to prevent and reduce spread of the virus is critical to limiting exposure until a cure and vaccination are found.
What is Coronavirus & What Are the Symptoms?
The coronavirus is a type of respiratory infection. There are common coronaviruses, including the cold, flu and strep throat, and more severe viruses. COVID-19 is considered a novel coronavirus, with symptoms more closely resembling MERS and SARS. However, COVID-19 is different enough from the other viruses that important information, including treatment, cures and vaccinations are still unknown at this time. What is known is that the virus spreads through direct contact with infected people, items and surfaces. Signs of coronavirus include:
- Dry cough
- High fever
- Chest congestion
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Stomach cramps
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Symptoms may begin two to fourteen days after initial exposure, or you may not exhibit symptoms at all. However, a patient can still be highly contagious and carry the virus without displaying symptoms. If left undetected or untreated, COVID-19 can result in kidney failure and pneumonia.
Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus
Because of how the coronavirus spreads (direct contact), there are several steps you can take to reduce the chances of spread through both contact and community spread, including:
- Washing your hands regularly throughout the day with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds. You should wash your hands periodically as the day goes on, but take special care to do so after using the restroom, changing a diaper, before and after preparing food, and before eating.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, especially your eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Your hands are prone to building up germs, and touching these areas can lead to them quickly spreading throughout your body.
- Wipe down frequently used items and surfaces including your desk, kitchen counter, door handles, faucets, railings and electronic devices with disinfectant wipes or device-appropriate cleaning agents. Germs, including viruses, can live longer on surfaces than on your hands, which are constantly moving or being washed.
- Cover your mouth when you need to cough or sneeze using a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
- Follow local and federal regulations at this time. Many states, including Connecticut, have asked residents to stay in their homes at this time, until the virus is contained. Staying home unless to receive medical treatment will help slow the spread of the virus.
General Illness Treatment in Norwalk, CT
If you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, call AFC Urgent Care Norwalk before visiting our center so we can determine the best way to assist you, or direct you to a location for testing. AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is not currently providing testing at this time. For questions, please call 203-845-9100.