Stay informed with the latest updates in Houston and what SE Texas is doing to help those who have COVID-19 or are looking for more information on the virus.
For those of you who made need to visit SE Texas ER regarding COVID-19 please keep in mind:
Testing is available daily from 8am-5pm.
If you are experiencing emergent symptoms you may walk into the ER 24/7.
Results for rapid testing take 30 minutes or less and send out PCR tests take 48 hours to return.
SE Texas ER is now offering Cellex* anitbody test for COVID-19. It is the first FDA "emergency use authorized" test for COVID-19 antibodies.
*Cellex is “authorized” by the FDA for emergency use. It’s not “approved” per se.
What's In the News
With so many news sources reporting on the pandemic, sometimes the jargon used can get confusing.
Here’s what the popular lingo you’re hearing means:
- “Flatten the curve”: Protecting our resources by taking measures to keep the number of cases in the U.S. below the threshold of healthcare system capacity
- “Social Distancing”: Avoiding gatherings that draw crowds of 10 or more people and staying at least 6 feet away from others in public
- “Self-quarantine”: Opting to stay home and refraining from contact with others
- “Shelter-in-place” or “Stay-at-Home”: Government-issued orders to stay home, only leaving your house for essential errands
Keep Your Space
It’s essential that as many Americans participate in social distancing as possible because carriers can show no symptoms. This means that even if you feel perfectly fine, you could still be carrying the virus and spreading it to others out in public. Staying home whenever possible is a courtesy to the elderly and immunocompromised, as they have the highest risk of fatality from COVID-19.
Examples of social distancing include:
- Working from home instead of going into the office
- Closing schools or making classes online
- Facetiming and calling relatives instead of meeting up
- Canceling or postponing large meetings, events, and trips
- Avoiding all travel
What the CDC has to Say
Know How It Spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Steps to Protect Yourself
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.