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COVID-19

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Every patient is vulnerable to this virus, but please take into mind that the following patients are more at risk.

1. If they are age 70 or higher 

2. If they have a long-term condition, for example, Respiratory issues, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, chronic neurological conditions, diabetes, problems with your spleen, a weakened immune system, being overweight (BMI of 40 or high). Also, people who have received an organ transplant and are on immunosuppression medication, people with cancer, people with severe chest conditions are more at risk.

3. If someone is pregnant.

 

1. A continuous cough
2. Temperature of 100 Fahrenheit

 

~If you live alone, you are to stay home for seven days once the onset of symptoms

~If you are living with others, then the whole household must remain home for 14 days. Please be aware that 14-day isolation begins when the first family member in your home is sick.
 
Why is it important to stay at home? To help control the spread of this disease.
 
~Don’t go out to buy any essentials or groceries.
 
~Do not go to public areas. That goes for work and school. We can’t continue to infect the public.
 
Ask for help:
You need to ask friends or family to pick up groceries, get medication, or walk your dog. If you have no one to pick up groceries, have the store deliver and inform whoever is dropping your groceries off to leave it at the front door.

 

  • Some tips to go by:

~ Drink lots of water

~Take OTC medications to keep fevers down

~If the symptoms are worsening, please go to the ER or call 911.

Primary physicians do not have testing kits, so please call the provider's office and ask for advice once you are infected or have symptoms. Going to your primary and showing up could infect other patients.

~Wash hands, cover your coughs or sneezes, don't have visitors in your home.

~Clean your laundry. If you must go to a laundry mat, wait for 72 after the isolation period.

~Personal waste must be placed in a bag and then in an additional bag and keep separate from other trash. Then dispose of it.

 

  • End of Isolation

~After seven days, you can end isolation. If your symptoms have stopped, then you may go back to your routine.

~If you are living with others, you must wait 14 days; this is because the incubation period is 14 days. The 14-day isolation period starts when the first person becomes ill.

~After 14 days, if you do not fall sick, then you are unlikely to get infected.

 

 A reminder to my patients, be safe. Any questions or concerns please call our office at 404-968-9469.

Author
Kashif Ahmed, M.D.

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