Prevention Measures for Colds, Flu, and Coronavirus/COVID-19

In order to prevent the spread of seasonal colds and flus as well as the new coronavirus, COVID-19, we request that patients with symptoms of acute illness rest at home until they are have been without symptoms for 48 hours.  Symptoms may include fever, body aches, acute coughing and sneezing, shortness of breath, vomiting, or diarrhea.  Your cooperation helps to protect the more vulnerable members of our community- thank you!

As always, I am making every effort to ensure that the clinic environment is safe and clean.  Hand sanitizer is available throughout the clinic, all frequently touched surfaces are being cleaned regularly, and chairs and tables have been spaced six feet apart in accordance with social distancing recommendations. 

In addition, I ask that patients observe the usual precautions:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands asap.
  • If a tissue is not available, cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow rather than your bare hand.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use hand sanitizer when you are unable to wash your hands.

EDCA does not provide acute or emergency care.

People who are experiencing acute symptoms and think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their primary healthcare provider immediately and before presenting to their healthcare provider’s office. Seek medical attention if you have difficulty breathing or cannot keep yourself hydrated. If you have an underlying health condition such as asthma, diabetes, or an immune dysfunction, contact your doctor sooner. It is essential to follow your healthcare provider’s office protocol for being evaluated.

The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) web page.

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