Coronavirus & Free Clinics
Playing an Important Role
Free clinics play a vital role in providing critical healthcare services to underserved populations across the state -- populations that will become even more isolated as the virus spreads. As concerns heighten, clinics are proactively implementing protocols that protect patients, staff, and volunteers. They're also serving as a trusted public health resource, educating the hardest to reach individuals and families with the information they need to protect themselves and others.
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What is VAFCC Doing to Prepare for Coronavirus?Free and charitable clinics across the state are facing the immediate threat of a pandemic that is likely to hit their patients — the low-income, uninsured and chronically ill — particularly hard. That is at the same time they face volunteer and personal protective equipment shortages, canceled fundraisers and the prospect of an increased demand for their services as the economy weakens and more people lose their jobs.
We continue to monitor the latest updates and provide resources that prepares and supports Virginia's free clinics through this unprecedented time -- initiating key conversations with statewide and national partners. We're also working on providing key resources and funding (donate).
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What are Symptoms of Coronavirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
What Can You do to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Coronavirus?Follow CDC guidelines for prevention, which include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough