COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
At VCPS, we know that this is a difficult time for everyone. We are doing our very best to continue to serve our patients amid the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we started doing telehealth virtual consults last week, many of our patients had some questions about the coronavirus outbreak.
Here, Dr. Desman personally answers the most common questions he was asked:
If I Get the Virus and Then Recover, Will I Be Immune from Getting It Again?
The answer right now is that we don’t know, but probably. Exposure to other viruses in the COVID-19 family typically confer immunity, but this specific virus has not been studied enough to provide a definitive answer. I suspect it will be a while before we know. Researchers are devoted to getting through the pandemic, and this is a lower priority for research and resources.
Should I Wear a Facemask?
This is a new topic that has really emerged this week. The latest CDC recommendations are for everyone to wear a facemask in public. If you have a traditional medical face mask, that is great. However, having a cloth covering over your mouth and nose is better than nothing.
What is the Status of COVID-19 in Virginia?
Infections are still on the rise, and Fairfax County has the most cases in the state. Hospitals are starting to fill with patients. However, they are currently able to handle the caseload of patients (as of 4/5/20). Preparations are being made to convert the Dulles Expo Center into a field hospital. This will be ready in about six weeks. From what I can gather, the peak will hit our area in approximately 3-6 weeks. Washington, D.C. seems to be about a week or two ahead of Virginia.
Stay Safe, and Stay Inside
Right now, the best thing is to listen to authorities on how to help prevent the spread of the virus. Maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and only go out when you absolutely need to. We hope you stay safe and well during this difficult time.
We will continue with virtual appointments for the time being. Please visit our website for more information on virtual consultations.