Information for our patients provided by the Florida
Department of Health. They are continually updating their page at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html
To locate your county’s health department:
For the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage:
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida,
please contact the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by
calling (866) 779-6121 or emailing COVIDemail@example.com. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
you are experiencing symptoms, call your
health care provider before coming into an office.
What You Need to Know
currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best
way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a
reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the
spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information specific to
healthcare, see CDC’s Hand
Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with
COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe
cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a non-health care setting may
have close contact with a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed
COVID-19 or a person under investigation. Close contacts should monitor their
health; they should call their health
care provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g.,
fever, cough, shortness of breath).
More info on self-isolation: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/need-to-know/Self-Isolation.htm
Contacts Should Also Follow These Recommendations:
- Make sure
that you understand and can help the patient follow their health care
provider’s instructions for medication(s) and care. You should help the patient
with basic needs in the home and provide support for getting groceries,
prescriptions, and other personal needs.
- Monitor the patient’s symptoms. If the patient is getting
sicker, call his or her health care provider and tell them that the patient has
laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. This will help the health care provider’s office
take steps to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting
infected. Ask the health care provider to call the local or state health
department for additional guidance. If the patient has a medical emergency and
you need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that the patient has, or is
being evaluated for COVID-19.
members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as
possible. Household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if
visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
members should care for any pets in the home. Do not handle pets or other
animals while sick. For more
information, see COVID-19 and Animals.
- Make sure
that shared spaces in the home have good air flow, such as by an air
conditioner or an opened window, weather permitting.
hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least
20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95%
alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until
they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are
touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- You and
the patient should wear a facemask if you are in the same room.
- Wear a
disposable facemask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the
patient’s blood, stool, or body fluids, such as saliva, sputum, nasal mucus,
vomit, or urine.
- Throw out
disposable face masks and gloves after using them. Do not reuse.
removing personal protective equipment, first remove and dispose of gloves.
Then, immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand
sanitizer. Next, remove and dispose of facemask, and immediately clean your
hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
sharing household items with the patient. You should not share dishes, drinking
glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items. After the
patient uses these items, you should wash them thoroughly (see below “Wash
- Clean all
“high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom
fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day.
Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
- Use a
household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels
contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product
including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as
wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the
remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, stool, or body fluids on
disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from
your body. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer) immediately after removing your gloves.
- Read and
follow directions on labels of laundry or clothing items and detergent. In
general, using a normal laundry detergent according to washing machine
instructions and dry thoroughly using the warmest temperatures recommended on
the clothing label.
- Place all
used disposable gloves, facemasks, and other contaminated items in a lined
container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands
(with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after
handling these items. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are
any additional questions with your state or local health department or health