From the CDC Website; more info and for other languages click here
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
Are you a physician or retired physician or healthcare provider who is interested in helping during this COVID-19 crisis, please think about volunteering. Here is a link to the Allentown’s Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
COVID-19 in Pennsylvania: click here
Department of Health COVID-19 Information for Health Care Professionals
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Communities, and Local Governments
To contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health, call 1-877-724-3258
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency click here
COVID-19 Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal
For information and resources from United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, please click here
Updates from the Pennsylvania Medical Society: click here
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education has compiled a list of coronavirus education resources that can help clinicians respond. Click here This page includes a list of accredited continuing education (CE) activities and additional resources that can help the CE provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
COVID-19: Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Resources:
Please click here for resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Updates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Information from the American Medical Association
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
Information from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
With your help, we can provide a strong voice in support of the medical profession, improving healthcare for both doctors and patients.
The Lehigh County Medical Society, founded in 1852, serves as an avenue to unite Lehigh County physicians into a single body to advocate for health policy that provides the highest standard of healthcare for the people of Lehigh County. A membership-based, not-for-profit non-partisan organization, the LCMS welcomes all physicians, from all specialties, to join and benefit from the professional and social opportunities that the society offers. "We speak your language. We will help you with your problems."
The mission of the Lehigh County Medical Society is to encourage physicians and healthcare professionals to have the highest moral and ethical standards, to counsel and censure them when necessary, to serve as a strong and united voice for our Lehigh County physicians, our patients and our community, to promote healthful living and well-being and to advance the highest standards of healthcare and service in our region through education, service and advocacy. The vision of the Lehigh County Medical Society is to be a relevant and influential leader in the Pennsylvania Medical Society, to unite our physicians and empower them to deliver compassionate, ethical and evidence-based healthcare of the highest quality and value to our community.