APPNA's COVID Relief Efforts
APPNA has been on the frontlines helping in the community since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Almost every weekend we have had the privilege and honour to serve meals, groceries and other essential items as well as provide essential services to those in need.
APPNA DMV COVID-19 Update
Over the last few weeks, and especially over the last few days, COVID-19 has prompted unprecedented changes within our communities. In prioritizing the health and wellness of our entire community, we have decided to postpone the APPNA DMV spring meeting. This is following the recommendations put forth by the CDC advising social distancing. We also strongly encourage our community to limit social gatherings in hopes to now mitigate the coronavirus, to avoid situations that are essentially avoidable. Our current situation is a dynamic process, so please stay updated on the latest recommendations as they arise.
Lastly, we applaud and support our APPNA DMV physicians as we are on the frontlines of this pandemic. We can use one another as a support system for whatever needs may arise, so please do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help. We pray to stay strong and healthy so we can serve our community and overcome this difficult time.
COVID-19 Important Information
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact (within 6 feet) from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs
Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water
Most Common Symptoms: Cough, Fever, Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.
Less Common Symptoms:
Chest pressure/tightness, Sudden loss of smell or Taste, Body ache, Fatigue, Diarrhea, Headache, Runny Nose, Sore Throat
Who should get tested:
Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.
Who needs extra precaution:
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
What to do if you are sick:
– Stay home except to get medical care
– Separate yourself from other people and pets in your home, this is known as home isolation
– Call ahead before visiting your doctor
– If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth
– Cover your coughs and sneezes
– Clean your hands often
– Avoid sharing personal household items
– Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
– Monitor your symptoms