Since December 2019, every time you feel slightly under the weather, the worry over if you have COVID-19 rises. It can be hard to tell the difference between the symptoms of the coronavirus and flu; however, there are certain key differences between flu and COVID-19. The Facts Both COVID-19 and influenza (flu) are contagious respiratory infections, but they are caused by different viruses. Many symptoms of the two are the same, which can create confusion on which one you may be suffering … [Read more...] about The Difference Between COVID and the Flu
COVID-19 Update July 29, 2020 We are aware of concerns about the use of emergency rooms for emergency COVID-19 testing. We are particularly aware of the lack of available options to patients in our community for immediate and emergency COVID testing, including very long lines, poorly controlled social distancing, and dangerous levels of heat in the Texas climate in many of the testing sites that are available. Additionally, many sites do not offer rapid testing with patients sometimes … [Read more...] about Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
What is Coronavirus? Coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, upper respiratory disease in chickens and rare, but potentially lethal, human respiratory infections although these are often mild. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment. (CDC 2019) There is a new strain of Coronavirus discovered in China recently. This particular strain has been more lethal, meaning that normally healthy humans who … [Read more...] about Coronavirus Symptoms
When it comes to the flu vaccine, there are decisions to make. As a community healthcare provider, we are often asked questions about flu vaccine effectiveness, when to get the flu vaccine, what ages are affected most by the flu and what are flu vaccine side-effects. The most vulnerable populations when it comes to illness are the very young and the elderly. Infant bodies are working hard to build immunities. The elderly may have compromised immunities as a result of other illness or may be … [Read more...] about Flu Vaccine Facts
During the flu season, I get asked a lot of questions about this predictable and sometimes deadly disease. Two of the most common questions are how long does the flu last and how long am I contagious. How Long Does It Last? On average, if you come down with the flu, you can expect to deal with the effects for about one to two weeks. The most severe symptoms tend to last 2 to 3 days but the accompanying weakness, fatigue, dry cough, and a reduced ability to exercise can linger much … [Read more...] about How Long Does The Flu Last and How Long am I Contagious
A cough in and of itself is nothing to worry about. However, if your cough is accompanied by difficulty breathing an emergency room visit may be a good decision. Furthermore, if you can’t walk but a few steps without losing your breath, or if your cough is accompanied by a fever and/or chills, and weakness you should consider coming to see us. Upper respiratory issues are nothing to dismiss lightly. Be smart and if you need emergency attention our team at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency … [Read more...] about Upper Respiratory Issues
We have all been sick with a viral illness at one time or another in our lives. As a matter of fact, viruses are one of the most common causes of fever in children. So you may be wondering exactly what a virus is. It is a molecule with genetic material, it can only replicate inside of the living cells of other organism. The virus’s genetic material takes control of the host cell and forces it to reproduce. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, including plants, … [Read more...] about Viruses vs Bacteria… What’s The Difference?