What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus - UnityPoint Health

Express Care - Bettendorf

3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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Express Care - Moline

106 19th Avenue
Suite 103
Moline, Illinois 61265

01 Patients
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Express Care - North Port

3426 North Port Drive
Suite 200
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

08 Patients
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Express Care - SouthPark Pointe

3904 16th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265

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Proctor First Care - East Peoria

2535 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Proctor First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

101 Cedar River Pkwy
Suite 101
Waverly, Iowa 50677

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Bett Plex)

5185 Competition Dr.
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Morton)

1909 North Morton Avenue
Morton, Illinois 61550

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peck's Landing)

1940 Blairs Ferry Road
Suite 104
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peoria)

8914 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Washington)

209 N. Cummings Lane
Washington, Illinois 61571

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E. Hickman Road
Waukee, Iowa 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Cascade

610 2nd Ave. NE
Cascade, Iowa 52033

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - East

1550 University Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West

2255 JFK Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52002

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Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Hwy 64 East
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Hiawatha

1001 N. Center Point Road
Suite A
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

01 Patients
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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Ave.
Marion, Iowa 52302

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

01 Patients
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Urgent Care - North Crossing

2134 Logan Ave.
Suite A
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

00 Patients
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Urgent Care - Prairie Parkway

5100 Prairie Parkway
Suite 101
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

00 Patients
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Urgent Care - San Marnan

1655 E San Marnan Dr.
Suite H
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

01 Patients
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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Sunnybrook

5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, Iowa 51106

05 Patients
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Urgent Care - United Medical Park

1731 W Ridgeway Ave.
Suite 100
Waterloo, Iowa 50701

00 Patients
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Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

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Walk-In Care

800 Kenyon Road
Suite R
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

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What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

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small viruses under the microscope; What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be front page in the news. Community transmission is being reported in the United States. UnityPoint Health is strictly following CDC guidelines and remains in regular contact with local, state and national public health officials to help to keep everyone safe. Infectious Disease Specialist, Rosanna Rosa, MD, UnityPoint Health, provides accurate information on your top Coronavirus questions.

What Is the Coronavirus?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new type of virus that belongs to a large family of viruses called Coronaviruses. Many of these infect humans, others infect animals, but this new strain has not been seen in humans before.

How Did Coronavirus Start Spreading?

It seems to have originated in Wuhan, China. Early reports were linking cases to the seafood and animal market there. 

What Are Coronavirus Symptoms?

Many people experience fever, cough and shortness of breath. However, other symptoms can include: 

  • Chills 
  • Muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat

How Is Coronavirus Transmitted Between People?

It is transmitted through respiratory droplets, which are essentially just tiny particles that are put out there into the world 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. According to the CDC, it may be possible for someone to get the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Is Coronavirus Treatable?

Right now, there is no specific medication or vaccine to prevent COVID-19. There are some treatments available to help treat those who contract the virus. Studies show an antiviral called remdesivir does seem to shorten the length of a COVID-19 infection and seems to help improve symptoms. There’s also new, promising results starting to come out about a steroid called dexamethasone. The results show it helps reduce death in some patients who are seriously ill with the virus. Plasma from people who’ve recuperated is also being used to help those who are fighting COVID-19. 

Who Is Most at Risk for Coronavirus?

We know there is what we call a spectrum of illness. Many people have had what would be considered a mild illness including some fever and some body aches. But, others have gotten really sick. The information in large case reports from China continues to support that it's elderly patients and patients with underlying illnesses that are at the highest risk of developing severe illness or even death. To define further, that means elderly patients and those who have underlying heart disease, chronic lung disease, and conditions along those lines.

What Are We Doing at UnityPoint Health?

We are following guidance provided by public health department in our states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At our facilities, we are screening patients for symptoms and testing as appropriate. It’s important to call first before heading into a health care facility if you’ve been in contact with the virus.

What Happens if There’s a Positive Test?

Ultimately, where and how a person is treated will depend on how sick they are. If the illness is mild, then it's best to follow CDC guidance on staying home, separating from others and monitoring symptoms for change. If a person is severely ill and needs to come to the hospital, then we'd admit them and follow all the infection prevention precautions during hospitalization.

What Can Help Protect Us from All Viruses?

The best prevention is masking, handwashing and physical distancing (staying 6 feet away from others). It's important to avoid contact with people who are sick. And, if you are sick yourself, stay home. Then the other thing is to keep commonly used surfaces at your home clean. 

Where Can We Find Accurate Coronavirus Information?

You can find accurate and updated information from us at UnityPoint Health and from the CDC. It is encouraging to see that CDC has been partnering with some of the big internet browser companies to make their results pop to the top of your during searches.