How to protect yourself, your family and community from getting and spreading COVID-19

EmergencyMD is committed to meeting the health care needs of our patients. In this time of stress and uncertainty, it is best to stay calm, stay informed and follow recommendations to reduce your risk and stay healthy. Our staff is prepared for any suspected cases of COVID-19.

How COVID-19 spreads

COVID-19 spreads in two ways; person-to-person and touching contaminated surfaces or objects. This virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. People can get the virus when they are in close contact with one another (within about 6ft) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People can also become infected by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. Current evidence suggests that coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces.

Know the Signs & Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

If you are experiencing these symptoms, have traveled out of the state of South Carolina in the past 21 days and/or have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19, call your health care provider. It is best to schedule your visit in advance.


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, desks, toilets, faucets, & cell phones)
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (especially those who are sick)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Limit visitors
  • If you are sick, wear a facemask when other people are around
  • Stay home to further reduce your risk of being exposed