The Safety of You, Your Caregivers and Our Employees is Our Top Priority.
View the video above to learn what changes we have made to protect your safety at CBCC from Dr. Alan Cartmell.
A Message About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Like so many of you, we have spent the last several months learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our community. We want to be sure that we are communicating with all of you and keeping you updated on recent developments.
First and foremost, the health and well being of our patients and staff remains our highest priority. We are currently screening patients by phone in an attempt to prevent any potentially infected patients from coming to CBCC.
Additionally, we have staff stationed at the front of the building to screen all those that enter.
For patients with scheduled appointments, we have updated our visitor policy to do all that we can to protect patients where they are most susceptible. Caregivers and visitors will not be allowed in the facility. Only the patient scheduled for an appointment will be admitted. These areas will only be accessible to necessary employees and providers.
As per Kern County Public Health Department anyone entering our facility must wear a mask or cloth face covering and keep it on for the duration of their visit.
We will continue to monitor best practices and make changes as necessary.
To keep informed about the latest developments and for more information visit:
CBCC Physicians and Staff
About the COVID-19 Virus
The worldwide novel coronavirus pandemic is caused by a microscopic virus, SARS CoV-2, also known as COVID-19. This novel coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses named for their microscopic appearance.The family includes other viruses which cause the flu, the common cold and more severe infections such as SARS and MERS. The first human infections were documented in China in December, 2019, although the virus itself was documented in bats nearly a decade earlier.
This virus is highly contagious.
It is spread by airborne particles which may be inhaled by the victim. Alternatively, the particles may settle on a surface and then be touched by the victim. The victim becomes infected when the virus comes into contact with the lining of the respiratory tract, gains a foothold there and begins to multiply. Patients with this virus may become infectious to others before they develop symptoms, promoting the spread of infection to other victims.
48% of infections are in men and 52% are in women but 62% of deaths are in men as opposed to 38% in women.
Despite what you may have heard, this disease is much worse than the flu. It killed thousands more Americans in one month than died of the flu in a typical year.
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Kern County Statistics
Infections occur in all age groups, but are more common in younger people, as revealed in this Kern County data.
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What are the Symptoms?
After exposure, symptoms can appear within 2-14 days.
Initial symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, rigors, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and/or new loss of smell or taste. Additional manifestations may include runny nose, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to update the list of symptoms COVID-19 patients may experience. Stay updated here.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Exposure to the COVID-19 Virus
Wash It Up
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.
Make Some Space
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Wear a Mask
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them with detergent/soap and water prior to disinfection. Then, use a household disinfectant.
Beware of Misinformation
Below is a list of common misconceptions regarding the COVID-19 virus.
- SARS CoV-2 infection is not caused by or spread by 5G or other cellular technology.
- Wearing masks does not prevent oxygen from getting to your body.
- There is no “Gates” vaccine.
- SARS CoV-2 is not transmitted by mosquitos.
- Thermal scanners detect fever, not the virus.
How not to treat SARS CoV-2 infection:
- Use a hair dryer on your skin or in your mouth.
- Use UV-C on your skin. It might give you skin cancer.
- Spray bleach, alcohol or disinfectant on your skin.
- Inhale bleach, alcohol or disinfectant.
- Pneumonia vaccines – protect against bacteria but not viruses.
- Garlic – might drive away your friends but not SARS CoV-2.
- Antibiotics kill bacteria but not viruses.