- Symptoms of COVID-19 primarily include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure AND are very similar to common respiratory illnesses typically found in the community
- COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughs or sneezes. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest, though some spread is possible before people show symptoms.
- Preventionstarts with practicing good personal health habits: stay home when you’re sick, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, wash your hands often with soap and water, and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, eating healthy foods, and managing your stress may help you prevent getting COVID-19 and recover from it if you do.
There are steps people should take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
If you feel ill, please contact your local primary care provider for further guidance
MESSAGE FROM THE WSSP PRESIDENT
January 31, 2020
The Washington State Society of Pathologists Board of Directors thanks you for your membership and respectfully asks that you renew your membership for 2020.
The WSSP is committed to providing both education and advocacy for our members.
WSSP will continue to offer CME and SAM credits through our Digital Pathology Slide Sessions. Please look for upcoming new offerings including live streaming grand round presentations and social gatherings.
In the 2020 Washington State legislative session, WSSP will focus on addressing policy regarding benefit managers. Working with the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), WSSP is addressing policy around benefit managers, who dictate or limit health care provider decisions regarding the use of medical services (e.g. preauthorization and medical necessity).
WSSP will also continue to monitor the rules making and implementation process for the Balance Billing Law (HB 1065) and the business and occupation (B&O) tax increase on health care, both which go into effect in 2020.
Your continued participation in the Washington State Society of Pathologists is essential.
Suzanne Dintzis, MD, PhD
President, Chair of Board of Directors