The 2019 Novel Corona virus situation is new and rapidly changing. For the most up to date information please visit the CDC web site which contains important information for travelers and health professionals. It also includes a wealth of information and is being updated as needed. There is also a resource with the Texas Department of State Health Services that may answer some questions.
How can I prevent becoming infected with COVID-19?
Bell County Public Health District recommends the following guidelines published by the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), which include the following:
- Wear a cloth face covering in public and when in close contact with others who are not part of your household.
- Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away. Always wash your hands after coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect surfaces, handles, knobs and other places touched often.
- Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart from others.
- Avoid crowds and indoor gatherings unless face covering and social distancing is practiced.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
For more information on preventative strategies, go to: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html
Are there any medicines or alternative therapies that can prevent me from getting COVID-19?
Vaccination with one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines offers the best protection against infection with COVID-19. There are currently NO other FDA approved medicines or therapies to prevent infection with COVID-19. While some alternative therapies have received widespread attention in the media, none of these are FDA approved. If you are considering treatment with an alternative medication or therapy, we strongly advise you to consult with your personal physician, as some of these therapies can have significant adverse effects. For more information on vaccines, and how to schedule an appointment, go to: www.bellcountyhealth.org/covid-19_vaccine/index.php
What should I do if I am sick and suspect I have COVID-19?
If you suspect you may have COVID-19, you should consult with your local health care provider. All decisions regarding treatment for COVID-19 are made between an individual patient and their health care provider. For more information, please go to this link: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
What medications are available for the treatment of COVID-19?
Medical therapies for the treatment of COVID-19 are changing rapidly, and the indications for treatment differ depending on multiple factors, including age, risk factors, and severity of symptoms. For specific treatment options, you need to consult with your health care provider. For persons who have risk factors for developing severe complications, e.g., chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer or other immunocompromising conditions, it is important to consult with your physician as soon as you suspect you may have COVID-19.
Looking for a test site? You can contact your provider or use this link to see what testing sites are available near you.
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Recoveries are those who have recovered per the CDC criteria. We are recommending that all individuals even if cleared on the basis of this criteria confer with their physician for further advice and for a doctor's note as needed for work purposes.
Note: Any cases that may present in our smaller municipalities or in County areas will be identified as Bell County cases.
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