What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus is similar to most viral illnesses including the flu and common cold.
Who is at risk for COVID-19?
People are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness include:
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
What are the symptoms?
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for instructions.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Fever over 100.4
Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
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.
Can patients keep regularly scheduled appointments?
Yes, patients are encouraged to keep scheduled appointments. HealthStar Physicians will be conducting patient screenings upon arrival at our offices. Anyone who wishes to enter an office will be screened by medical professionals for symptoms related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
HealthStar Physicians is taking every precaution to ensure the safety and health of our patients and staff.
Can anyone be tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
We are following CDC guidelines for evaluating and identifying symptomatic patients. If you do not have symptoms, you do not need to be tested. Symptoms include a fever over 100.4, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing these symptoms, call your physician’s office for instruction.
At this time, testing is limited. Laboratories are actively working to expand testing capabilities. All patients who receive the test are required to self-quarantine until the results are received.
Can COVID-19 (Coronavirus) be treated?
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics.
What can be done to reduce the spread of infection?
Our physicians are encouraging patients to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Practice social distancing especially if you are feeling sick.
Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth).
A message from HealthStar Physicians:
HealthStar Physicians is committed to providing a safe environment for our patients and our staff members. COVID-19 is still a fluid disease in which we are learning more about each day.
We want our patients to know we are taking the coronavirus seriously, but we also want you to trust that we are doing our part to reduce the spread of infection.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that had not been previously identified in humans.
Symptoms: Fever over 100.4, Cough, Shortness of breath
When you call to schedule an appointment and when a patient presents to check-in, we will be asking additional questions- Have you traveled outside the US in the last 14 days? Have you been in 6 ft. of someone testing positive for Coronavirus? Have you had a fever over 100.4 within the last 48 hours? Have you had a cough within the last 48 hours?
As always, we want to encourage you to wash your hands regularly and take preventive measures to avoid the spreading of germs.
HealthStar Physicians is taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We want you to remember that the coronavirus is a fluid, new disease and we are continuously learning more about COVID-19.
Where can I get more information?
Tennessee Department of Health: Public Hotline 1-877-857-2945
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Current Coronavirus Cases
FEMA Rumor Control