Precautions for Coronavirus: Tips For Staying Safe and What To Do If You’re Feeling Sick
March 12, 2020 | COVID-19 Resources
Iora is taking extra precautions to help our patients avoid the risk of COVID-19
Given the growing concern and daily news about COVID-19 (coronavirus), we want to make sure you know that your team at Iora Primary Care is here to support you. As your primary care doctor, we are focused on ensuring you have what you need to stay healthy. In this blog post you will find tips for staying healthy as well as guidance on what to do if you feel sick.
Key tips for staying healthy
As you may already know, there are specific actions you can take that will help you be safe:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Limit contact with those who are sick, and avoid crowds or densely packed public places.
- We have decided to cancel all groups and classes in our practices. We will let you know when these activities will resume.
- Frequently clean surfaces that are touched often (ie counters, door handles, sink knobs) daily using disinfectant wipes.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
These recommendations, which come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are regularly updated and apply specifically to people who are at higher risk: older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
What to do if you feel sick
If you are not feeling well, please call us first. Do not walk into your practice or another healthcare facility. Below is additional guidance on what to do if you feel sick:
- For mild upper respiratory infection symptoms (like a cough or cold), whether COVID-19 related or not, we recommend supportive care like rest at home, fluids and cold medicines.
- If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call us so that we can assess your situation and make recommendations. These might include the need for you to isolate yourself to prevent the spread of the disease.
- Be particularly vigilant if you are at high risk, have one or more diagnoses that can make you more vulnerable (ie diabetes, cancer, heart, lung or kidney disease) or if you develop red flag symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, poor balance and/or difficulty walking.
In all cases, please call us before you come into our practice. And remember, it is still peak cold and flu season, most viral symptoms are not the result of COVID-19.
This can be a scary time for some, but please remember that your team at Iora Primary Care is here for you and we are taking extra precautions to help our patients avoid the risk of coming in contact with this virus. Stay well and wash your hands frequently! For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus FAQ’s.