As we rang in the new year, midnight on January 1, 2020, no one would have predicted how the year would play out. This year, Coronavirus has significantly impacted millions of San Antonians and their families. At Bandera Family Health Care, we understand your health is important, so we compiled some basics on COVID-19 and how quarantining can help reduce the virus’s spread.

What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are commonly found in people and animals. In 2019, a new strain of Coronavirus developed and spread from China to other countries, including the United States. The new Coronavirus, COVID-19, swept across the United States, drastically disrupting millions of people’s lives.

What are the signs and symptoms of Coronavirus?
COVID-19 symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure. Common symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. Additional symptoms can include:

  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Visit CDC.gov for more information on the COVID-19 symptoms. There is currently no cure for COVID-19, but you can limit your exposure and prevent it from spreading by following certain precautions.

What is Self-Quarantining?
The CDC recommends self-quarantining if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19. Based on what we know about COVID-19 symptoms, the recommended quarantine length is 14 days. The reason for quarantining at home is to prevent unknowingly spreading the virus to others by isolating long enough to see if symptoms start showing.

Self-Quarantine Tips

  • Wash Your Hands Often – Washing your hands can help prevent the spread of the virus. Wash your hands after sneezing and coughing.
  • Disinfect Surfaces Daily – Evidence suggests that the novel Coronavirus can remain active on surfaces. Disinfect and clean surfaces daily to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Don’t Share Items – Help prevent spreading the virus by limiting the items you share with people in your home, i.e., Drinks, silverware, dishes, bedding, towels, etc.

COVID-19 Research

Although there is no known cure for COVID-19, clinical researchers are working towards finding potential new treatment options. If you or someone you know has been exposed to COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, learn how clinical trials may be an option. Qualified participants may see a physician or medical staff at no cost. Compensation may be available for study-related time and travel.

To learn more about our COVID-19 clinical trials, give us a call at 210-296-2445.