Information Regarding COVID-19

Holistic Care Hospice and Palliative Care and Holistic Care Home Health takes the health and safety of our employees, patients, families and community seriously.
We want to assure you that we are taking precautions to ensure that our care continues to be exceptional during the COVID-19 outbreak.
We are well equipped to provide ongoing care for our current patients and families and we also are staffed to accept new patients that need our care.

Please see the following for information and resources regarding COVID-19:

 

Ways to reduce infection and the spread of COVID-19: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

  1. Stay home when you are sick.
  2. Follow the “Social Distancing” guidelines.
  3. Follow local guidelines regarding when to stay home.
  4. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Wash hand frequently throughout the day.
  5. Avoid touching your face including eyes, nose and mouth.
  6. Avoid touching any cuts or open sores.
  7. Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available.  Try to find one with at least 70% alcohol and make sure your hands stay wet with the sanitizer for at least 1 minute.
  8. Clean and disinfect all frequently touched objects, surfaces, supplies and equipment frequently.
  9. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  10. Use surface barriers and bag technique.
  11. When not working, avoid people who are sick with a cold or flu, or who have visited areas wherethe COVID-19 has been confirmed.
  12. Minimize exposure to crowds of people.
  13. If you take an elevator, try not to touch the buttons with your fingers. This is true for other objects or surfaces that other   people may have touched.
  14. Avoid sharing food and beverages with others, including family members.
  15. Avoid using any pen that is not your own pen. Do not share your pen.


     *This list is not all-inclusive, but lists commons ways to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 

The following information is provided from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. The CDC website has a wealth of information and details regarding COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/


What is COVID-19, and how is it spread?


A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.


Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”). Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.

It may be possible that a person can get 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.

In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

Symptoms:

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever- temperature over 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • In some cases, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea may occur prior to respiratory symptoms


If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face


     *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


CDC Statement for Healthcare Personnel on Hand Hygiene during the Response to COVID-19:

CDC recommendations reflect the important role of hand hygiene for preventing the transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings for a wide range of pathogens.
The ability of hand hygiene, including hand washing or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to prevent infections is related to reductions in the number of viable pathogens that transiently contaminate the hands. Hand washing mechanically removes pathogens, while laboratory data demonstrate that 60% ethanol and 70% isopropanol, the active ingredients in CDC-recommended alcohol-based hand sanitizers, inactivates viruses that are genetically related to, and with similar physical properties as, the 2019-nCoV.

While the exact role of direct and indirect spread of coronaviruses between people that could be reduced by hand hygiene is unknown at this time, hand hygiene for infection prevention is an important part of the U.S. response to the international emergence of COVID-19.

CDC recommends the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as the preferred form of hand hygiene in healthcare settings, based upon greater access to hand sanitizer. Health care providers who use alcohol-based hand sanitizers as part of their hand hygiene routine can inform patients that they are following CDC guidelines.

 

Additional Resources:

Riverside County Department of Public Health: https://www.rivcoph.org/

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/

Orange County Department of Public Health: https://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/

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