Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SAR-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans.
According the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is predominantly spread person-to-person when people are in close contact with one another (within approximately 6 feet). Small droplets from coughing and sneezing can enter the mouth and lungs of individuals nearby. It is also possible that infection can happen by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it (e.g., a computer keyboard, door handle, a table) which is then transferred when an individual touches his or her own eyes, mouth or nose, though this is not the main cause of spread.
People are most contagious when they are symptomatic, especially through coughing; however, spread can occur before people show symptoms.
As the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Ghana changes daily, LuccaHealth is constantly reviewing and updating its protocol consistent with WHO, CDC and GHS recommendations.
LuccaHealth has assessed its operations to ensure patients, visitor and employee safety by instituting the following operations protocol: