Caring for someone sick

Most of us know how to care for someone who has a cold or flu. But what about COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus?

Dr. Jay Zdunek, Austin Regional Clinic Chief Medical Officer, recommends following the same advice, “Take generic acetaminophen or Tylenol for headache, body aches, fever, and pain. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and use cough drops or a cough suppressant as needed. Warm liquids can help loosen congestion in the chest.”

In the majority of cases, the treatment is to stay at home and treat symptoms with over-the-counter medications. If you notice progressive shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.

You can make appointments at an Austin Regional Clinic, online or by calling the clinic closest to you.

Please note that telemedicine visits are now available at ARC Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. When you book your appointment online or over the phone, simply let us know your reason for the visit and your preference for a video or phone visit. We will book an initial telemedicine visit evaluation. Your doctor will decide if you need to come in the clinic after your evaluation. For a video visit, you must have or create a MyChart account AND download the app. Video visits and phone visits are charged exactly like an office visit.

For more up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 FAQ page. If you have a question that’s not covered on the FAQ page, the ARC COVID-19 Information and Advice Hotline is open 24/7 at 866-453-4525.

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