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Coronavirus Disease, the Flu and You


By now, most people are familiar with the coronavirus disease outbreak. There are lots of stories out there — some true and some false.

Here’s what we DO know:

  • The disease was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China sometime in December of 2019
  • On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”)
  • This is a rapidly evolving situation
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from close person-to-person contact (within six feet)
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your risk is dependent on exposure

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Call Bear Pond Family Medicine and Pediatrics at 860 744-2244 if you are experiencing these symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need a doctor’s order and valid ID to access Johnson Memorial Hospital’s drive-though COVID-19 testing. For more information on Johnson Memorial’s drive-in cornonavirus screening, click here.

In fact, in the United States there are significantly more hospitalizations and deaths from flu this year.**

So, What About the Flu?

The CDC reports high flu activity and it is expected to continue for a few more weeks. Of two types of flu strain — Influenza A and Influenza B — B strain viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among children and young adults.

How to limit the spread of viral illness

One of the best — and simplest — ways to stop the spread of any airborne illness, such as the common cold and the flu, is:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover your cough with a tissue, then throw away the tissue and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects you touch, especially out in public
  • Practice social distancing by keeping six feet away from others
  • Wearing a mask will NOT help you if have a cough or cold; but it WILL help you prevent spreading of your sickness to others

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches, cough, headache, and fatigue, please contact Bear Pond Family Medicine & Pediatrics or call us 860 744-2244 to be assessed and schedule an appointment.

* CDC coronavirus in the United States. Visit the CDC website for the latest US map and up-to-date information.

** The CDC estimates there have been at least 26 million flu illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in the United States from flu so far this season.

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