2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new virus of global health significance caused by infection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person in close contact through respiratory droplets. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It is also possible that a person can catch 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, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Currently reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. The CDC reports that the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, Cough, and Shortness of breath.
Diagnostic Testing from BioReference
COVID-19 testing is imperative in aiding healthcare professionals and public health authorities to identify infected patients more quickly.
For patients interested in testing for COVID-19 many private labs in Arizona are able to run the test. BioReference is pleased to offer a high-quality assay to ensure patients and their healthcare providers have greater access to testing to promote earlier diagnosis and help limit the spread of infection. Embry Women’s Health does not currently offer sample collection for COVID-19. However, this information can be useful if you visit a provider who needs to know more information about lab companies offering testing.
- A patient cannot order their own tests
- A doctor’s requisition or lab script is required for all testing
- Patients under investigation of COVID-19 and seeking an evaluation of the disease will not be collected at BioReference Patient Service Centers
- Specimen should be collected at physician offices, hospitals or other clinic settings
Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
If you are confirmed to be or believe you are sick with COVID-19, the CDC recommends you follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading.
- Self-isolate in your home, except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19
- Wear a facemask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands well and often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily
- Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 and are seeking an evaluation of the disease, please contact your healthcare provider and local or state health department immediately. Click here to download the COVID-19 patient resource, and click here to access a list of frequently asked questions.