2020 Coronavirus Outbreak – How Does It Affect Willow Grove, PA?
Recent news reports suggest the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global health concern.
Can I get a COVID-19 Test?
Yes, we have COVID-19 Tests and Antibody tests available. Please start by making a Telemed Appointment. For more information, please click here.
Can I walk-in and get a COVID-19 Test?
No, all COVID-19 related tests must be by appointment only through our telemed service. A directly to make a telemed appointment is on our homepage or click here.
How much is a COVID-19 test?
Currently, most insurances are covering COVI19 related testing. Please check with your insurance regarding your latest benefits.
Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor to get a COVID-19 test?
No referral is needed at this time. Just a telemed appointment with one of our providers.
If you have symptoms of COVID19 or are asymptomatic but have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please call the office at 267-202-0125 before coming to our center!
Our neighbors in Willow Grove have been asking us many questions about the coronavirus and how it impacts this area. We’ve made a page of the most common questions we hear and the answers to them. This page is not kept up to date in real-time, but we will do our best to keep it as current as possible.
Can I be tested for a COVID-19 infection at AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove?
We can screen and test for COVID-19 at AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please make a telemedicine appointment using your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Our provider will evaluate your symptoms and determine if you meet the guidelines for a test. You will then come to our center and park. One of our staff members, in full PPE gear, will come out to your car and collect a sample for testing. To protect the health of our staff and other patients, at no time will a patient suspected of a COVID-19 infection, enter our clinic. The guidelines for who can receive a COVID-19 test are often changing, so please call for details.
I heard Governor Wolf closed all businesses in Pennsylvania, is your urgent care center open? Are you accepting COVID-19 patients?
AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove is considered to be an essential business and therefore has remained open during this public health crisis. We will continue to remain open to care for our neighbors in the Willow Grove area. You are welcome to walk-in to receive care or make a telemedicine appointment. Please remember that all suspected COVID-19 patients must be seen first with a telemedicine appointment. Please call if you are unsure whether you should come in and be seen by a doctor or make a video visit appointment.
Are there any confirmed cases in Willow Grove, PA?
There have been confirmed infections in Montgomery County of COVID-19. In addition to this county, other infections have been confirmed in neighbor counties as well as in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. The increasing trend of infections has led to the closure of school districts and nonessential businesses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
During a press conference with Gov. Tom Wolf, Dr. Levine stated:
“Further spread of this virus throughout the nation will likely occur. We encourage people to prepare for potential life disruptions. The same family emergency plans and kits that we use to prepare for flu or norovirus, and even snowstorms and floods, are important now. Pennsylvanians should continue to help stop the spread of viruses by washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces, and staying home if you are sick.”
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus? How long do they take to appear?
This coronavirus shares many symptoms of the flu, a common cold, or a regular upper respiratory infection. These symptoms include:
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
- Muscle Pain
- Loss of smell
- Altered sense of taste
This coronavirus, however, can develop severe complications, including:
- Fever of over 100.4F
- Trouble Breathing
Generally, symptoms begin to appear within two to fourteen days. There are some indications that people infected with COVID-19 do not display any signs, but still may be very contagious.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
There is no current vaccine for COVID-19. While one is in development, it is unlikely to be ready for months or years. While a flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it is still recommended you receive one to protect yourself from the flu. The lower chances you have from getting sick from the flu, the better. This frees up resources to help treat those infected with COVID-19.
How does someone become infected from COVID-19?
It is currently believed that the virus is transmitted via droplets when people coughs or breathes. These droplets fly through the air to infect others. If someone coughs into their hand, it can then be left on surfaces they touch. Facemasks help contain any droplets someone may breathe out. This is especially important if they are infected but are unaware of it because they are not showing symptoms.
I don’t feel well, and I have some of these symptoms. Am I infected? What are the risk factors for the COVID-19 coronavirus?
Community infections are active in the Willow Grove area, but there are still other infections out there that could be causing your symptoms. For example, the flu and upper respiratory infections have symptoms that are similar to COVID-19. The main symptoms we see in many coronavirus cases include:
- A dry cough that produces no phlegm or mucus
- A fever
- Loss of taste and smell
If you have symptoms above, do not visit AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove without first calling. Speak with our staff about your symptoms, concerns, and if you are at risk for COVID-19. We can provide guidance over the phone on what to do next and may suggest a telemedicine appointment so a provider can evaluate you.
How can I prevent an infection from COVID-19?
The guidelines for preventing the flu can be used to protect you from the COVID-19. These guidelines are:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching surfaces and then your face
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
- Cover your nose and mouth if you feel sick
- Where a surgical mask or a face mask while traveling in public.
For additional protection
- Avoid live animal markets
- Cook food thoroughly
- Wear a surgical mask & eye protection at all times.
Is the coronavirus related to SARS or MERS? Why is it called COVID-19?
Other coronaviruses can affect humans. Two recent outbreaks of coronaviruses include SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.) A coronavirus caused both of these outbreaks. SARS is thought to be more closely related to COVID-19 than it is to MERS. SARS also first originated in Asia, while MERS was first seen in Saudi Arabia.
2019-nCov was initially assigned to this virus due to changes in how new infections are named. “2019” represented the year it was first detected, and “nCov” stood for “Novel Coronavirus.” “Novel” is used because it looks like no other virus ever seen before. World Health Organization officials changed the way infections are named to avoid misinformation or fear. They no longer name things like Lyme Disease, named after a town, or Legionnaires Disease, named after the convention when it first infected people. The name COVID-19 now identifies this coronavirus. This name denotes the year it was detected (2019) and its status as a new coronavirus. Another name some scientists use to describe this virus is SARS-CoV-2 or “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.”
AFC Urgent Care’s walk-in clinic in Willow Grove is up to date with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Do you have questions about the coronavirus? Feel free to call if you have any questions!
How did the COVID-19 outbreak start?
An outbreak of respiratory illness emerged in China and became international news in January of 2020. As it started to affect those living in Wuhan City, China, the World Health Organization began to investigate COVID-19 (originally named 2019-nCov), a novel coronavirus. It was causing severe illnesses among the population, and unconfirmed reports on Chinese social media channels suggest the outbreak was far worse than was being reported in the news. Towards the end of January, several areas were under quarantine, restricting the travel of millions of Chinese citizens. In other places in China, public transit was suspended, and businesses were asked to close for two weeks. Health authorities around the world began to monitor people coming from China for signs of infections. On January 30th, the World Health Organization declared this new coronavirus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Also, on January 30th, the State Department issued a Level 4: Do No Travel advisory asking all citizens to avoid travel to China and those in the country to depart immediately. Currently, the State Department advises against all international travel at this time.
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