The CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-19)

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What is the Coronavirus?

It’s Background

novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain of a virus that has not been previously identified in humans. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of lower respiratory illness that originated from Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. These viruses, at times, can evolve and infect people, and then spread through human-to-human contact. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold – through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination.

If you have symptoms of respiratory illness and are concerned you may have risk factors for coronavirus, please call our clinic first at 208-906-1231. We will be able to complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps.

If you need to visit the emergency department to treat symptoms, call ahead and when you arrive ask for a protective facemask.

Follow the guidance below to prevent the spread of illness.

Infection Prevention

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, use the same precautions you would for the flu and common cold. We recommend these infection-prevention practices:

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Call us if you suspect you have the virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve – not your hands – when coughing or sneezing.
  •  Sneeze or cough into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean your home, work space, shared items and other frequented locations.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with sick individuals.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.


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