Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

This page last updated March 20, 2020.

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What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are ubiquitous viruses that can cause the common cold. They tend to circulate in cold weather months and usually cause a mild respiratory illness.

COVID-19 is a novel strain of coronavirus that has mutated so that the general population has no immunity. Thus far, it has caused a range of disease and appears to have more severe consequences in older individuals. Most deaths have occurred in patients over 65 years of age. The vast majority (>85%) will have mild respiratory symptoms. Clinically, it is difficult to distinguish Coronavirus inflection from the Flu. Because there is a vaccine for Influenza, the chance of rapidly spreading Influenza disease is less because the vaccine results in herd immunity which offers protection to even those who did not get vaccinated. There is no herd immunity for COVID-19.

Currently there is no available medication for COVID-19 treatment.

A vaccine is not currently available for COVID-19, but a vaccine is in clinical trials. Treatment is mostly supportive including fever and pain medicine, hydration and rest. For severe cases, hospitalization, antibiotics and additional support may be required.


Please review the CDC Guidelines for steps to prevent illness.


All patients with fever and respiratory symptoms should isolate themselves at home.

Please do not show up unannounced at your doctor’s office. This will only lead to potential spread of the virus to other people.

Call your doctor’s office for advice. Most likely you will be screened for Influenza and other respiratory viruses before considering COVID-19.

If you are having trouble breathing or are having chest pain, go to your local Emergency Department. You must call the Emergency Department to notify them of your concern for a respiratory illness so that they can prepare for your arrival.

Virtual Consultation

Our office can provide virtual Tele-Medicine Consults to evaluate your symptoms using your smartphone or laptop computer. Your device must have the ability for video conferencing. Please call our office to arrange a Virtual Visit with one of our doctors.

We will bill your insurance company if they cover Virtual Visits. We also accept credit card payments of $45.00 for a limited evaluation.

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11211 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Phone: 703-246-9560

Fax:      703-246-9564



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Closed for Lunch      12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday    Closed


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