The Coronavirus or “COVID-19”
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – President Harry S. Truman
We here at Instant Care are one of the health care programs in this state that have the privilege to directly affect the health of the most vulnerable population in Arizona. It is up to YOU the caregiver to use good preventative measures to help slow the spread of this virus and keep our members safe. We are following daily developments and making sure to prioritize the health and well being of our caregiving team, members and families. We want to assure you that your health and safety is our top priority.
What is the “Coronavirus” or now what is being referred to as “Covid-19?”
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.
The Signs & Symptoms of Covid-19:
- Shortness of breath
For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. Older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease, are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If you are not able to wash with soap and water, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are commonly touched.
Outside of our patients home and in our personal lives we need to understand the importance of practicing good “Social Distancing techniques,” so we are not overwhelming our hospital and first responder staff. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. These approaches are used to minimize morbidity and mortality and the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Individuals, communities, businesses, and healthcare organizations are all part of a community mitigation strategy.
Please do not hesitate to contact the office with further questions or concerns. We here at Instant Care as well as the rest of the health organizations are taking this day by day and will continue to update the information as we receive it. We appreciate our caregiving staff and all that you do, please continue to use proper personal protection equipment distributed to you such as gloves and practice good hand washing and sterile techniques.
For any personal health concerns or any medical questions please contact your physician.
For more information please see below:
- Arizona Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Click Here
- For More Information on the Covid-19 virus and best practices to keep you and your members safe – Click Here
- Safe Grocery Shopping in Covid-19 Pandemic – Click Here
- For More Information on Arizona’s Covid-19 response and a current count of active cases in Arizona – Click Here
- Employer-Public Health Opportunities to Improve Population Health: CDC’s 6|18 Initiative Webinar – Click Here
- CDC Covid-19 Key Facts – Click Here
- CDC “Social Distancing” or COVID19Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission – Click Here
- Arizona’s Provider Recommendations for Patient Care during a National Emergency – Click Here