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By Douglas Denham, DO, CPI

Chief Medical Director

We understand that there are many conflicting news reports about COVID-19 right now and it may be confusing to know which news source is the most reliable. As a health organization, we do monitor guidance from the government, particularly the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and we would like to pass on some information that was added.

Recently, the CDC added some additional symptoms that you may exhibit if you have COVID 19. The new list includes:

· Fever

· Cough

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Chills

· Repeated shaking with chills

· Muscle pain

· Headache

· Sore throat

· New loss of taste or smell

Please know that just because you exhibit these symptoms it does not automatically mean you have COVID-19. Here is more official information about COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have a doctor, you should contact him or her with any concerns. If you do not have a regular doctor and have these symptoms, you can still be tested. Go to the official Bexar County page to see how to get access to testing.

Additionally, there have been some confusing media reports (and some misstated reporting) about recommendations to use everything from melatonin to disinfectant to combat COVID –19. We can assure you that these are not valid treatment nor are there are any FDA-approved vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. But we understand the need for optimism that a vaccine and treatment will be found and can assure you that the industry is working on finding vaccines and treatments as rapidly as possible. Here at CTT we are preparing to possibly begin work on a vaccine study soon.

We understand that these uncertain times can be challenging and that your health, livelihood, and possibly even mental health may have suffered. Please know that we are working diligently to keep looking for preventions and treatments for the community so that we will emerge from this pandemic to be healthier and more knowledgable for future challenges.