2020 Coronavirus Outbreak – How Does It Affect Narberth, PA?
Recent news reports suggest the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global health concern.
You must call ahead if you suspect you have symptoms of COVID19.
This page was lasted updated on 3/18/20
Starting in January of 2020, news from China indicated a new illness was affecting the citizens of Wuhan City, China. A coronavirus, referred to by the World Health Organization officials as 2019-nCov, was causing severe illnesses among the population. The name was changed COVID-19. Various unconfirmed videos on social media channels were indicating this outbreak was more severe than being reported. Towards the end of January, multiple quarantines and travel restrictions were in place in China Health authorities around the world and monitoring their populations 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. With the continued outbreak of this virus, the State Department also issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel warning for:
A Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution was issued for:
Below are some common questions our neighbors in the Narberth, PA area are asking. This page will be kept up to date as best as possible but is not updated in real-time.
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Are there any confirmed cases in Narberth, PA?
As of March 17th, there have been confirmed infections in Montgomery County of COVID-19. In addition to Montgomery County, other infections have been confirmed in neighboring 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?
Common symptoms of this coronavirus are much like the common cold, upper respiratory infection, or the flu and include:
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
- Muscle Pain
However, unlike the flu or a cold, there is a higher chance for potential severe complications, including:
- Fever of over 100.4F
- Trouble Breathing
Reports suggest that symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after infection. However, recent information indicates that those infected may not show any symptoms at all and still may be contagious.
I heard Governor Wolf closed all businesses in Pennsylvania, is your urgent care center open?
Yes, AFC Urgent Care Narberth is open for its normal business hours. The order was to close all nonessential businesses. Since we are an urgent care center, we are deemed to be essential and will remain open unless ordered to close.
Can I be tested for a COVID-19 infection at AFC Urgent Care Narberth?
Testing for COVID-19 may be available in the near future at our location. Please call ahead before arriving at the clinic if you feel you need a COVID-19 test. This is for the protection of our staff and other patients. You will speak with our staff and be provided with some guidance.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
There is no vaccine for this virus at this time, and this year’s flu vaccine will not protect you from it. A vaccine is being developed but it often takes months or years to complete research and testing.
How does someone become infected from COVID-19?
While this virus originated from a yet unidentified animal, person to person transmission is occurring.
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 infection is expected to take place in Montgomery County, meaning the virus is going to be active in the community. However, there are still other illnesses you can have that will mimic the symptoms of COVID-19, like the flu or an upper respiratory infection. These illnesses can be treated at our urgent care center. The two red flags that seem to appear in many cases of COVID-19 include:
- A dry cough that produces no phlegm or mucus
- A fever
There is a higher chance of contracting COVID-19 if you have traveled from China or Europe in the last 14 days or have traveled through an area of the United States with widespread infections.
If you have traveled to these areas or have the two symptoms above, do not visit AFC Urgent Care Narberth without first calling. Speak with our staff about your symptoms, concerns, and if you are at risk for COVID-19. We cannot treat COVID-19, but we may be able to determine it is something else over the phone. Please call so we can provide guidance.
How can I prevent an infection from COVID-19?
Generally, follow the same rules you would to prevent catching the flu:
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your nose and mouth if you feel sick
- Avoid touching surfaces and then your face
For additional protection
- Cook food thoroughly
- Avoid live animal markets
- Wear a surgical mask & eye protection.
Is the coronavirus related to SARS or MERS? Why is it called COVID-19?
Yes, COVID-19 is related to other human coronaviruses like SARS and MERS. Both SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) are also both coronaviruses. Scientists say that this coronavirus is more related to SARS, which also originated in Asia, than it is MERS which was first detected in Saudi Arabia.
The name of this coronavirus was originally 2019-nCov due to changes in how new illnesses are named. 2019 represents the year it was detected, and nCov stands for “Novel Coronavirus,” as no one has seen this virus before. World Health Officials no longer give new illnesses names like Lyme Disease, named after a town, or Legionnaires Disease, named after a convention where it was first detected. These names can cause undue fear and misinformation. The new name COVID-19 now denote the year it was first detected (2019) and that it is 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 will be keeping up to date with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Feel free to call our clinic if you have any questions or visit if you need medical care.