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Our office is using all techniques to reduce exposure to a minimum during your visit. These include:
· Temperature checks of all patients and staff.
· Masks for all people in the office.
· Cleansing of hands and surfaces repeatedly.
· Multiple Super-HEPA filters to filter out potential virus and particles in the office.
· High Level UV light air cleansing in the office to eliminate bacteria and viruses in the air.
OUR UPDATED OFFICE SCHEDULE
7AM - 4PM Monday through Thursday
7AM - 11AM Friday
APPOINTMENTS: MONDAY – THURSDAY
7AM – 11:15AM & 1PM – 3:30PM
7AM – 10:30 AM
This is what you should have at home to prepare for possible COVID, to monitor yourself if you were to get infected:
DIGITAL ORAL THERMOMETER: MANY BRANDS ARE FINE…HERE IS ONE EXAMPLE:
PULSE OXIMETER: TO CHECK OXYGEN LEVELS. MANY BRANDS ARE FINE...HERE IS ONE EXAMPLE:
OTHER ITEMS FROM THE HOME MEDICAL KIT:
· TYLENOL, ADVIL, OR ALEVE
· Sudafed 30mg tablets
· Chlorpheniramine 4mg tablets
· Robitussin DM syrup
· Imodium AD
THREE PHASES OF COVID:
· JAILBIRD Day 1-10
· PAROLE BIRD 11-17
· FREE BIRD 17+
JAILBIRD: STRICT QUARANTINE...... 10 DAYS FROM DATE OF FIRST SIGNIFICANT SYMPTOMS IF OBVIOUS OR FROM DATE OF TESTING IF UNCERTAIN BASED ON SYMPTOMS
PAROLE BIRD: DAY 11-17…. VERY CAREFUL WITH ALL ATTENTION TO MASKING, DISTANCING, HAND CLEANSING: NEXT 7 DAYS AFTER QUARANTINE
FREE BIRD: DAY 17 AND BEYOND.... NO RESTRICTIONS.
Although I do not recommend testing to prove the virus has cleared after infection, if you have testing and are clear, then the above protocol is not applied.
CARING FOR YOURSELF IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE COVID OR IF YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID:
Most Common Symptoms
They consist of the same set of symptoms as the common cold/rival respiratory syndrome, but they are worse.
· High fever (over 100.4, but can range from 99’s to 104+)
Other symptoms can include milder issues:
· Loss of Smell and/or Taste
· Nausea without Vomiting
· Sore Throat
· Aching muscles throughout the body
· Occasional diarrhea …
· Nasal congestion (occasional)
Symptomatic treatment for the most bothersome symptoms
· Plan to: Monitor temperature twice daily and record.
· Monitor oxygen levels twice daily and record. If dropping
significantly you should be in touch.
For the oxygen/Temperature:
1. Check your temperature twice daily and keep a log. No temperature is dangerous…adults do not have to worry about this. This is just about monitoring your condition. If you have concerns, be in touch.
2. Check oxygen level twice daily and keep a log. A declining oxygen level can indicate early de-compensation from COVID. Normal oxygen saturation is 97-100%. If lower than that it may be normal for you, but the trend is what matters. If you are declining into the low ninety’s, if you are feeling particularly short of breath…then it is time to check at the Emergency Room (which is safe to do!) If you have concerns…be in touch.
Aches and Pains and Fever:
· Tylenol 650 – 1000mg four times per day is preferred for treating these symptoms, but if not working well, you may use:
· Advil (Ibuprofen 200mg), 2 – 3 tablets….2 – 3 x per day or Aleve (naproxen 220mg), 1 – 2 tablets...1 – 2 x per day,
· Drink good amounts of clear liquids (anything you can see through)
· Saltwater gargling
1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
2. Gargle for 15 seconds and spit.
3. Repeat during the day every 2 – 4 hours to relieve pain.
· Pain relief medications: Advil (Ibuprofen 200mg), 2 – 3 tablets….2 – 3 x per day or Aleve (naproxen 220mg), 1 – 2 tablets...1 – 2 x per day, or Tylenol 650 – 1000mg four times per day.
· Steam: Either in the form of a hot, steamy shower or using a hot pot of water and covering with a towel and put your head under the towel. Both methods will provide humid air to the irritated air passages and soothe the cough.
· Cough Syrup: Robitussin DM or Delsym cough syrup can be used to suppress cough.
· You may require a prescription cough syrup with Codeine. Contact me if that is the case.
Sinus Congestion and Drainage (RARE SYMPTOM):
· Use a decongestant such as Sudafed 30mg, 1 – 2 pills up to four times per day, or use a drying antihistamine such as Chlortrimeton 4mg, up to four times per day. Other cold medications (over the counter) can be used.
· Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra will not work for congestion symptoms from an infection. Do Not Use.
This is the most difficult issue to treat at home as there is very little one can do to settle the stomach. Coca-Cola with the carbonation eliminated (Flat Coke), Ginger Ale, or Ginger Root…. can be tried, but these are often inadequate, and the key to getting the stomach to settle is getting a good nausea medication.
If nausea is persistent, then calling for a prescription medication is often a good idea. Phenergan (Promethazine), Compazine (prochlorperazine), Zofran (Ondansetron) are very effective in treatment. Sometimes we use them in combination either as a pill or a suppository.
The KEYS are:
1. Settling the Stomach…so that liquids can be taken
2. Focusing on Liquids…so that dehydration does not set in
3. Eating light foods… if possible (to provide energy for healing). This is not a requirement for healing from an acute GI illness; so, do not feel that the sick person needs to eat food. The only requirement is liquid intake!
When to Seek Medical Assistance
• There is no medication to treat this virus, so the resolution takes time.
Worsening symptoms/Signs of Complications:
• If you are getting significantly short of breath please be in touch. If progressive and worsening, you need to be seen and possibly hospitalized. Best to go the ER if shortness of breath is a significant symptom
How Long to Recover
• The COVID is a viral infection that will generally take from 3–7 days to develop, 3-7 days to improve and then from 3-7 days to completely resolve.