March 2, 2020
Axia Women’s Health is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients, clinicians, and employees. We are continuing to respond to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Public Health from each state, which are closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to the CDC, COVID-19 was first detected in China and has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. Just recently, the outbreak was declared a public health emergency of international concern.
Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Elizabeth Cherot, recommends the following:
Please note that the overall immediate health risk from the coronavirus is still considered low. People in areas where ongoing community spread of the virus has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low, risk of exposure.
However, healthcare workers caring for patients with the COVID-19 and others in close contact with infected persons are at a greater risk of exposure. Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring are also at elevated risk of exposure.
The CDC believes the virus may appear between 2-14 days after exposure. There is no vaccine and treatment is supportive. The virus is spread person to person mainly by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This is similar to other respiratory pathogens like influenza.
Together, Axia Women’s Health will continue monitoring and preparing to meet the current challenge in order to ensure our staff and patients receive the same quality of care they deserve.