The COVID-19 situation is evolving quickly and new guidance is coming out frequently. This blog was posted on March 16, 2020.
Over the last few days the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation has become much more concerning in the United States. Iora patients received this message from their doctors to ensure that they are equipped with accurate information need to take care of themselves, others and healthcare workers like us.
Four important steps you should take to stay healthy:
1. Iora doctors recommend that everyone should immediately begin doing “social distancing”, which means keeping away from others. This is important because people could have COVID-19 without having symptoms. This is true for everyone. Those who are older or have chronic diseases may get sicker, and those who are healthy must protect others by social distancing.
Below is a simple visual of how this works:
The one who stayed away saved the rest.
Avoid social gatherings of any size. Use the phone and technology to connect with others. If you need to get groceries, go to the store during off hours and stay at least 6 feet away from others. This means no handshaking, hugging or kissing.
2. Continue washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or with hand sanitizer. Even when you’re inside your home, you should wash your hands often.
3. Refill your prescriptions. Many Medicare plans are allowing you to refill prescriptions early for an extra 30 or 60 days. We encourage you to take advantage of this.
4. Iora patients should call us. If you do not feel well, call. As always, we are available 24/7 for our patients and want to hear from you. Do not stop by or walk in as this can put you and others at risk. We know this is different than what we would normally tell you, but it is extremely important to follow at this time. Also, unless it is truly an emergency, avoid urgent care and emergency rooms. Call us and we can help you figure out what to do.
The above advice applies until COVID-19 (coronavirus) is under control, likely for the next several weeks or longer. This is a scary time, but we will get through it together. Stay well.
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