In light of the recent Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak, we kindly request that, if you are experiencing mild cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, runny nose, and cough, to please remain home and refrain from visiting our office as a precaution to prevent further transmission to others.
Our recommendation for treatment of these mild symptoms is to stay at home as much as possible, monitor temperature, get plenty of rest, and stay hydrated. Since this is a viral infection, Antibiotics will NOT help.
For everyone, especially asthma patients and those at risk for complications from an infection: please continue all of your current medications and do the following good practices:
* Clean your hands often (with soap and water for 20 seconds or an alcohol based hand sanitizer).
* Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick.
* Stay home if you’re sick
* Wear a face mask ONLY if you are sick
* Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
If you have not been seen in our office in six months we recommend calling to schedule a visit to make sure your medications are all up to date and you are properly prepared. As a precaution, keep a supply of your medications available so that you won't run out if you have to stay home during an illness/infection.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include (but are not limited to):
* Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
* Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
* New confusion or inability to arouse
* Bluish lips or face
(This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your PCP for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.)
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
For more information about the COVID-19 virus and what to do, a comprehensive site is found at the CDC (Click here to go their web site). For more local information, contact the Allegheny County Health Department (Click here to go to their web site) or call them at 412-687-2243.