**Check back to our blog for regular updates as more information becomes available**
The Coronavirus situation continues to evolve rapidly, and we are trying to present the most helpful, current information possible as it becomes available. The most important thing is to remember to keep calm, stay kind, and be smart. Panicking will only make this worse.
The number of cases is going to increase, especially as more tests are performed. Please expect to see this and know that the global health community is anticipating this and they are preparing for this inevitability.
We are unsure if, when, and how the mobile screening stations that the President discussed in his address on Friday will be set up and operational.
Since testing accessibility is still quite poor at the moment, it is being limited to those with symptoms and those at the highest risk. Specifically, those who will likely require hospitalization to manage their symptoms. Generally, this refers to people over age 60 and/or those with underlying lung, heart, kidney, immune diseases, or cancer.
To reiterate a few more important points of emphasis:
- Please remember that the vast majority of otherwise healthy people who are infected will recover from the virus within 5-7 days.
- Testing will not shorten the course of your illness or symptoms.
- Additionally, showing up at a healthcare facility looking to get tested will increase your risk of infection and the risk of exposing others (including healthcare workers).
- This can also divert critical resources from other patients who need them.
Contacts for Atlanta area patients:
Piedmont Healthcare – (866) 460-1119
The Emory TravelWell Clinic – (404) 686-5885