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COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself & Others

Friday, March 13, 2020

COVID-19: How You Can Help Protect Yourself & Others

For the latest data on confimed cases in New York, please visit the NYSDOH website.

Ellis Medicine is prepared for COVID-19. We are committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors and workforce. Experts from across the medical center have been meeting daily to evolve our planning efforts and ensure that all staff and resources are in place, ready to protect our community. We are continuing to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and other local health departments to actively monitor and respond to this rapidly changing situation.



Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Pneumonia

If you develop these symptoms, please call your primary care provider before seeking treatment in person. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing others.

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Protect Yourself

Regular hand washing remains one of the best defenses against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, including seasonal flu. People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Protect Others

If you are sick, avoid contact with people and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve (not your hands) or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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All official communications regarding Ellis Medicine are arranged through the Communications Department. We look forward to working with members of the public and media organizations to provide accurate, up-to-date information about Ellis Medicine.


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