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Covid 19

COVID-19 General Info

This page provides simplified information on the COVID-19 virus for general education. 

Please continue to follow the CDC recommendations for COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information, which may be viewed here:


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Starting the Conversation

Patient: I'm worried about this new virus. What should I do?

Doctor: You are right to be concerned. Here’s what you can do:


1. Please limit your contact with others—we call it social distancing.


2. Then you should pick a person who knows you well enough to talk to doctors for you if you did get really sick. That person is your proxy.


3. Finally, if you are the kind of person who would say, no thanks, I don’t want to go to the hospital and end up dying on machines, you should tell us and your proxy.

Paciente: Me preocupa este nuevo virus. ¿Qué debo hacer?


Doctor/a: Entiendo que esté preocupada. Esto es lo que puede hacer:


1. Limite su contacto con otras personas, a esto lo llamamos distanciamiento social.


2. Luego, debe elegir a una persona que la conozca bien para que hable con los médicos en caso de que usted se enferme gravemente. Esa persona será su representante.


3. Finalmente, si usted es el tipo de personas que diría no gracias, no quiero ir al hospital y morirme conectado a máquinas, debe decirnos a nosotros y a su representante.


Patient: I have been working all day with infected people and I am worried I could be passing this on to the people who matter most.

Doctor: Talk to them about what you are worried about. You can decide together about what is best. There are no simple answers. But worries are easier to bear when you share them.

Paciente: He trabajado todo el día con personas infectadas y me preocupa contagiar a mis seres más queridos.


Doctor/a: Hable con ellos sobre lo que le preocupa. Pueden decidir juntos lo que es mejor. No hay respuestas sencillas. Pero las preocupaciones son más fáciles de soportar cuando las comparte con alguien más.


1.COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus discovered in 2019.*

 2. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.*

3. Some people who are infected may not have symptoms.*

4. For people who have symptoms, illness can range from mild to severe.*

5. Adults 65 years and older and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness.*

6. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after someone is exposed to the virus.*










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