Coronavirus continues to dominate the headlines. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, can be fatal in a small percentage of those who contract it, the CDC, WHO and NIH all recommend taking necessary and sensible precautions, being mindful to be cautious and calm. Those at higher risk: elderly, those with underlying chronic medical conditions and those that are immune compromised should be most mindful of these precautions.
For the protection of all our patients, employees and providers we ask that if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, respiratory symptoms, have had a fever, traveled recently to parts of the US or internationally that have reported a significant number of coronavirus cases, or been in contact with anyone who has traveled recently or is exhibiting any of the described symptoms, that you reschedule your visit with your TIOS Provider. If you are exhibiting these symptoms or have been exposed you should contact your primary care physician. Your PCP can best determine based on the proper screening if you need to be tested for the coronavirus. Our office does not have the test kits and will not be testing patients for the coronavirus.
What you need to know to protect yourselves and your family members
Simply stated, the best way to protect yourself and your family members is to practice good hygiene, the same things you would do to prevent the transmission of the influenza virus or any other viral illness.
1. Wash your hand often with antibacterial soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
2. Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with your unwashed hands.
3. Avoid contact with people that are ill, or symptomatic
4. Stay home if you are ill, but seek medical care if your symptoms persist or worsen.
5. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you use a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze, throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands thoroughly.
6. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
7. Use appropriate “social distancing” from anyone that has traveled recently where there have been reported cases of the virus.
8. Seek appropriate medical care if your symptoms are worsening.
9. Remain updated on factual information from the CDC, WHO, NIH, etc.