How to see your doctor safely during Coronavirus outbreak?
We are fully aware that most of our patients have questions about coming to visit our practice during the Coronavirus outbreak. That’s why we think it is important to address a couple concerns you might have.
Let us put your worries at ease. We are here to help, and we are open to treat you. If you need to see Dr. Keith Feder or Dr. Carol Frey but are nervous about visiting, please reach out to our friendly staff first.
You can call us at 866-591-4844, or reach us via our Social Media channels that are being monitored every day (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram). One of our friendly team members WILL get back you within one business day. We are also updating any new developments about the outbreak via our text messaging system.
Is It Safe To Leave Home To See The Doctor During Coronavirus Outbreak?
If coronavirus isn’t yet reported in your area, then you likely don’t need to stay home and isolate yourself. If you’re not showing any symptoms of coronavirus, it should be safe to leave your home and see your doctor without fear of getting sick.
If you have a chronic health condition or are an older adult — or have a loved one who is — you may be at risk of more serious illness from coronavirus if it’s in your area. However, that might not translate to a need to isolate yourself right away. Read more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about what people who face a higher risk should do.
Overall, decisions about community measures (like staying home) in your area will be made by local and state officials, according to the CDC. So, you may not have to decide whether to isolate yourself in your home. Local authorities should tell you when it’s necessary to stay with your loved ones in your house.
How Can I See My Doctor During Coronavirus Outbreak?
At every step of the outbreak, you can still contact your doctor and other trusted medical professionals if you need to talk about your symptoms or need help quickly. As a first step, you should call our office. We will discuss with you directly whether it’s safe for you to come in or not.
Seeing Your Doctor if You Do Not Have Coronavirus Symptoms
If there isn’t a mandatory coronavirus quarantine in your area, you should be safe to leave your home. If you need medical care for mild illness and don’t have the main coronavirus symptoms of fever, cough and difficulty breathing, you can still see your doctor safely.
However, even for mild symptoms that aren’t similar to coronavirus, call ahead, explain your symptoms and ask whether you should stay home or come into the doctor’s office.
Seeing Your Doctor if You Have Coronavirus Symptoms
If you need medical care for coronavirus symptoms, please call your doctor, or schedule a video visit through the AdventHealth app. You should avoid your physicians office, urgent care or going to emergency room at your local hospital except in cases of an emergency. This helps keep everyone safe.
If you’re mildly sick with coronavirus symptoms, the CDC says to stay home and isolate yourself as best as you can. If you’re really sick with coronavirus symptoms but don’t need to be hospitalized, the CDC says to follow these steps on how to avoid spreading your illness to others.
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.