Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for MetroDerm Patients
The physicians and staff at MetroDerm are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We constantly check for updates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local hospitals including Emory St Joes, CHOA, Northside Hospital, Emory University Hospital, Wellstar, Piedmont, as well as the Georgia Department of Health.
If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and develop fever, cough, shortness of breath or gastrointestinal issues within 16 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), please stay home and self-quarantine for 16 days. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTY BREATHING AND HIGH FEVER, PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO OUR OFFICE.
Below are some recommendations and information that we think is valuable for all:
- For most Americans who have been exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk is low. The highest at risk populations include the elderly (those over the age of 65), people with chronic illnesses such as pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer as well as immunosuppressed individuals such as solid organ transplant recipients and people on chronic Cortisone treatments.
- For most people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), the chances for developing symptoms is considered very low. For most patients who have flu like symptoms, testing for CV is still not necessary. If you have developed significant fever and breathing difficulty with severe coughing then it is advisable to go to the emergency room immediately. If you are experiencing a fever but do not have a cough or breathing difficulty, CDC recommends staying home for 72 hours and managing your fever accordingly.
- The CDC is now recommending that anyone who has traveled to a high risk region such as Asia, the Middle East, or Europe should self-isolate (stay at home) for 16 days. Instructions for self-isolation are on the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/).
- In order to be vigilant about the spread of germs during this season or any cold flu season, make sure that you cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your bent elbow. Also, wash hands and lather well with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently during the day. Sanitizing your hands with 70% alcohol is also advised. It is also advisable to appropriately clean frequently touched objects such as cellphones, keyboards, and doorknobs.
- FINALLY, METRODERM WANTS TO ASSURE YOU THAT IF YOU NEED TO BE SEEN, WE WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOU. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms as described, please feel free to reschedule your appointment accordingly. Also, if you need refills for medications prescribed by one of the providers of MetroDerm, we will be more than happy to help you with this request.
Thank you and please stay safe.
The Providers and Staff at MetroDerm.