Coronavirus Resources for Clinicians and Patients

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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.

Person-to-person spread 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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.

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.
  • Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.

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

AMA Senior physician COVID-19 resource guide

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

The Allentown Health Bureau click here
COVID-19 safety videos click here

For information and resources from United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, please click here

Updates from the Pennsylvania Medical Society: click here

PAMED’s Telehealth During the COVID-19 Emergency: Guidance for Pennsylvania Physicians

For information on USDA Approval for COVID-19 Disaster Food Distribution

For information on Learning at Home with Pennsylvania Public Television

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.

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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)

Welcome To the Lehigh County Medical Society

What We Do

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."

Read About Our Mission

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.

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Become a Member

Membership in the Lehigh County Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Medical Society will help fulfill your professional and social needs. However you choose to participate in the Lehigh County Medical Society, you will know that, as a society member, you will be represented in important medical issues.

Latest Announcements


Allentown, PA – LCMS is proud to announce Chelsea Giagni, MD – currently a resident with the Lehigh Valley Health Network Obstetrics and Gynecology Division -- is the 2019 recipient of the Humaneness in Medicine Award. This award is presented to a Lehigh County medical resident or fellow who has best displayed the ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and health care colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.

In describing her reason for nominating Dr. Giagni, Dr. Joanne Quinones, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Clinician Education Pathways at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Lehigh Valley Campus, said: “What struck me since meeting her early in her training was her sincere desire to help her patients, not only completing the tasks necessary to complete the medical evaluation of the patient but also understanding her patient’s background and social situation which highlighted what needed attention from all the medical team members.”

Dr. Quinones shared examples of how Dr. Giagni goes above and beyond to build relationships with her patients, gaining their trust to help her patients stay on track with their treatment and wellness care.

Dr. Giagni has spent her time and energy – in addition to her regular care delivery responsibilities – following up personally with young female patients who have had challenging deliveries and complicated courses of care. Gaining trust through patience, persistence and personal outreach, she has enabled women to re-enter the care delivery system, allowing patients to receive improved care as well as the care necessary for their newborns.

Located in Allentown, PA, LCMS represents physicians of all specialties on local issues. In coordination with the Pennsylvania Medical Society, LCMS also works to address health issues at the state capitol.