AFC Urgent Care Fairfield is here to provide you with the best sources of information from leading healthcare agencies, and frequent major media updates. Misinformation from unverified social media sources can cause patients to panic or participate in ineffective prevention methods. Use the following modules and links to learn more!
Important Update: We are not testing for COVID-19. Make sure you call our clinic in advance to determine your best treatment option. We will evaluate you, test for influenza, and contact the Connecticut DPH if appropriate. Our provider team can collect samples and send to our third-party reference lab for testing if deemed necessary by our providers. You may also be tested for influenza at the same time. The current test results turnaround time is 7-10 days but may change in the upcoming days.
Please call in advance to alert the team!
The current CDC guidelines for testing can be found here, which are helpful for evaluating your risk of COVID-19.
However, patients that don’t meet the clinical guidelines as a likely match for COVID-19 can still be tested for seasonal illnesses. The common cold and flu have similar symptoms to COVID-19: Sneezing, coughing, and fever.
COVID-19 Resources for Patients
Use the following links to find fast and available information about COVID-19 locally and globally. The following resources provide daily updates about COVID-19:
We’ve curated recent and local news from the Department of Public Health to help give you the information necessary to stay healthy and safe!
COVID-19 FAQs for Patients:
What is a Coronavirus? What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that impacts a patient’s upper respiratory system. Public health officials and the Centers for disease control name the strain detected in Wuhan, China as “2019-nCoV." According to the CDC, coronaviruses are “a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with 2019-nCoV."
A coronavirus is a special virus that spreads within a certain species of animal, which can cause significant respiratory trouble and incredibly harmful results within the same species. nCoV-2019 is an especially rare case of a coronavirus spreading from a foreign animal species to humans.
Symptoms of the coronavirus begin as any onset acute illness with coughing, sneezing, sinus pain, and congestion. However, patients with the virus soon develop extreme difficulty breathing and fatal respiratory symptoms.
Is COVID-19 in Connecticut?
The coronavirus has spread into with cases growing at a rapid pace. At least 600,000+ COVID tests have been administered as of July 2020, according to the the Department of Public Health. However, the virus may spread even further as it is likely to continue spreading. Currently, COVID-19 has led to 4,406 confirmed deaths in the state of Connecticut.
How can I prevent COVID-19?
Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that Routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting a coronavirus infection. In fact, the CDC outlined the key prevention methods which are similar to the flu and common cold Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients:
“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Stay home if you are sick.
Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
Practice social distancing to avoid the spread whenever you have to leave your household.
If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.