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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms and Information

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As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are taking steps to reduce the risk in our community. This page serves as a resource for you to stay informed and help you, your family and our whole community to stay safe.

What You Should Do

If you are sick

If you have symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or other COVID-19 concerns, please call your health care provider. Do not travel to a Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin location without speaking with your health care provider first.

If you have a surgery scheduled

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin locations are suspending surgeries that are not time sensitive. If your upcoming appointment or surgery is canceled, you will get a phone call from our staff.

If you have a clinic appointment scheduled

We may ask that you schedule your appointment to be held by video or phone. We will continue to see patients in person as needed. Please contact your health care provider with any questions.

FastCare® Locations Closed

Effective Tuesday, March 17, FastCare® will be closed until further notice. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are taking steps to reduce the risk in our community. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience. We care about your health and encourage you to choose from these options to get the care you need:

  • Call your primary care provider. If you have symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or COVID-19 concerns, please call your provider BEFORE visiting a health care facility.
  • Use our on-demand video visits for video-based care of many common conditions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms

Call your health care professional if you develop these symptoms appear within 2 to 14 days of close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads

The virus appears to spread mainly from person to person within 6 feet of contact. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets from an infected person who is coughing or sneezing. It is also possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should wear a mask to help prevent spread of the disease to others.

General Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Tips

  • Avoid direct contact with people who have symptoms. Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% to 95% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Clean and disinfect items and surfaces that are frequently touched using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • People with lower immunity should exercise extra caution.
  • The CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet when speaking with someone who is showing symptoms.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treatment

At this time, there is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Travel Guidance

The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to several worldwide destinations. If you were in a country with a COVID-19 outbreak and feel sick with fever, cough or are having difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left, you should:

  • Seek medical attention. If you have symptoms or have COVID-19 concerns, please call your health care provider or the location BEFORE visiting the health care facility. This allows staff to properly prepare for your arrival and evaluate your symptoms for risk of COVID-19.
  • People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should wear a mask to help prevent spread of the disease to others.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid traveling on public transportation while sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water often to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

Our Travel Medicine Program and Travel Health Clinic provide general guidance for all of your travel plans.

Learn More About Coronavirus

The CDC has the latest information on confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, risk assessments and more.

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