Updated: Apr 7
At Kliit, we’re committed to improving access to care, support, services, and information for our users. Our experts and team have been closely following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
In times of uncertainty, misinformation, heightened anxiety, and a lack of access to medical experts to answer questions and discuss concerns, Kliit is evaluating how we can make the biggest impact to bring safe sexual and reproductive health information to people from the safety of their homes. The health of our community is our number priority, and experts are available anytime, anywhere to discuss your health questions and concerns as they arise.
We’re also accelerating our efforts to strengthen the connection between you and our experts, including telemedicine and video chat. We believe reliable telemedicine will be of the utmost importance for global health in the era of social distancing, and we want to remain at the forefront of delivering quality information, making valuable connections, and creating innovative technology.
Here are key resources and FAQs we’re sharing with the Kliit community to stay up-to-date. Included is an IGTV video in which Kliit Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Candice Fraser, sits down with the Kliit Community and answers some of your questions about coronavirus. As we’re all learning more every day, we’ll keep this page updated with new information and insights from our experts and the medical community.
Our resources and updates on coronavirus
As of April 7, 2020
The Need-To-Know Details about Coronavirus and COVID-19
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)? Coronaviruses, named for the spiky surface of the virus like a crown or corona, is a respiratory virus that can infect both animals and people. The illness can feel like a cold or can worsen into severe pneumonia. This coronavirus is similar in structure/function to MERS and SARs.
Key facts on coronavirus (as of March 26, 2020)
How quickly does someone exposed begin to show symptoms?
2-9 days; symptoms often begin to appear around day 5
What should I do?
If you're feeling largely healthy and without symptoms, officials still advise that you remain indoors as much as possible and avoid contact with groups. If you are exposed, public health officials recommend a 14-day isolation or social separation.
What are the clinical signs?
Fever (especially high fever spiking quickly), cough, body aches, headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal issues. More than 80% of hospitalized patients present with fever and cough, though there are reports of patients presenting with nausea/vomiting or diarrhea as well.
What's the status on testing?
The latest reports show that not all clinics and hospitals have sufficient rapid screening tests. If you have signs/symptoms described above, use a telemedicine appointment to speak with a professional about the best next steps based on healthcare system capacity and such. Call your local public health office and they can direct you to testing in your area, or have someone come to your home and test you.
How does someone get the virus?
We’re still learning, but it is easily spread from person-to-person: between people who are in close contact [6 feet] or via respiratory droplets produced through coughs and sneezes, or through contact with infected surfaces or objects.
Are pregnant women or children at heightened risk?
At this time, experts simply don’t have enough data on COVID-19 to predict the full scope of risk for pregnant women. Practicing social isolation and taking extra precautions are recommended to decrease exposure and risk.
World Health Organization: Find out latest on the global pandemic from the WHO.
CDC: Stay updated on the latest from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). If you are showing symptoms, have been exposed to the virus, or have traveled to high-risk countries, follow the CDC’s steps closely.
State and local guidance: Follow the latest guidance and advise from your state and local governments. Here is a useful guide from the CDC with phone numbers for your state and local health departments.
For OB-GYNs: Reference the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) updated clinical guidance and FAQs.
For pregnant women and OB care providers: See Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine COVID-19 guidance.
For fertility guidance: Follow American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) updates on the outbreak.
Guidance on breastfeeding and breast milk: The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine shares regular updates about breastfeeding and the latest clinical studies.
Take care and take precaution
Here are the top pieces of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that we are reminding everyone to follow.
Practice social distancing: Stay home if you can. Follow guidelines from the government and public health officials. Please take these warnings seriously and stay at least six feet away from any person you do not live with at all times. It's the kind thing to do for all of us.
Follow Infection Control Guidelines: Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds ideally with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer works well if your hands are otherwise clean.
Keep germs away from your face, eyes, nose: Do not touch your face.
Keep your environment clean: Clean surfaces and devices you’re touching including doorknobs, toilets, cellphones, countertops, refrigerator handles, etc. many times each day. Viruses could live on certain surfaces for 4-72 hours.
Protect high-risk loved ones: If you or your loved one is over 60 years old, please encourage them to stay home if at all possible and limit interactions with others.
Work from home: If you can work from home, work from home. Avoid travel, gatherings with anyone outside of those who live in your home, or the like. Many companies are utilizing video conferencing tools at this time to conduct meetings.
Expect supply chain issues: Work with your doctor to try to get a 3 month supply of medication.
Buy what you need safely: Many grocery stores have order ahead options with either pick up or delivery. There are online grocery delivery services available in many areas. Wash your hands thoroughly after unpacking groceries.
Support your schools’ decisions to close: Proactive school closings save more lives than reactive school closings. Closed schools do not mean playdates for children; this counteracts the social distancing the school closures are meant to create in the first place.
Know if you're a risk: If you may have been exposed to the virus, self-quarantine and do not go outside if at all possible.
Take care when going to seek care: If you must go to an urgent care center or the Emergency Room, be sure to wear a mask so as to prevent exposing others (or yourself).
Follow the guidelines if exposed: If you are showing symptoms, have been exposed to the virus, or have traveled to high-risk countries, follow the CDC’s steps closely.
In addition to CDC updates, closely follow the latest guidance and advise from your state and local governments.
Here is a useful guide from the CDC with phone numbers to get in touch with your state and local health departments.
How Kliit can help: 24/7 access to experts
We’re here for you. We recommend turning to Kliit's virtual expert network for questions about your sexual and reproductive health questions as we all make an effort to stay out of crowded healthcare facilities.
Immediate, on-demand access to Kliit’s custom network of doctors and specialists: Our network of experts are available at your fingertips, including OB-GYNs, Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Providers, Sex Therapists, and more.
Have questions? Get in touch.
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