We know that by now you’ve heard a lot about COVID-19 and we would like to provide you with some clarification and give some authoritative guidance. Most importantly, we want you to know that your health is our number one priority and we will do everything in our power to support you as we get through this together.
For most healthy adults, COVID-19 presents with symptoms like the common cold. Symptoms begin for most people at 4-6 days after exposure. You may be contagious and able to spread the virus during the entire period of time when you have no symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever (over 100 degrees) and cough. Most healthy people can treat this at home with no professional medical intervention. It is thought that “viral-shedding” may occur for as many as 14 days. You should stay home for that period of time even if symptoms have completely resolved.
If you experience cough, shortness of breath, or documented elevated temperatures please contact our office. For everyone’s protection we have expanded the slots available for telehealth visits so you won’t necessarily have to come to the office. We will be able to direct you on your next steps after that customized assessment.
Testing kits for COVID-19 are very limited and their use is not appropriate for routine screening in outpatient ambulatory clinics at this time. Recent figures suggest that 80% of infected patients improve on their own at home or with supportive help from an outpatient provider. 20% require some level of inpatient care. We want to help keep you healthy and lessen the burden on our hospitals and emergency rooms.
We are honored to be your partner in healthcare and ask that you help us with the following:
1. Wash your hands. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds
2. Practice social distancing, honor group event closures, avoid unnecessary travel, and comply with self-quarantine practices when appropriate.
3. Do not panic and stock up on things that you do not need, but vulnerable members of our country do need. This includes prescriptions.
4. Call us if you are sick. We are not going anywhere and will do everything we can to provide you with excellent care.
5. Please do not hesitate to keep or make an appointment out of fear of exposure. Your safety is important to us and we have steps in place to minimize risk.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact the office.
Thank you for being our patient. We are honored to serve you.
Dr. J and Staff