Update from Dr. Rider: 3/20/20
As of press time today, we are seeing increased numbers of Covid-19 infections across the state and in response, the Governor has increased the number of workplace reductions and restrictions. These announcements can provoke anxiety and fear about the virus. Keep in mind the following:
· Many people may acquire the Covid-19 virus, but most of those infections will be unnoticed or mild and the biggest threat that the infection holds is the threat to society by exposing the elderly or medically compromised. Therefore, isolation is the most important action you can take to prevent the spread of the infection.
· Some people are getting caught up in the numbers of confirmed cases in each county….do not get a false sense of security that your county may only have a few or no confirmed cases…..presume the virus is here (because it most assuredly is)…isolate, wash your hands, and when out getting necessities, stay 6 feet away from others (especially the elderly).
· As of today,…. we have no reliable treatment for Covid-19, so even if you test positive for the virus there is nothing to offer you for the treatment of mild cases. You should treat it like you would a cold…. stay in your home, isolate, monitor your temperature, wash your hands and seek medical treatment if symptoms worsen or you develop difficulty breathing.
· Getting tested for a mild case is not necessary and as you may have seen, many places have limited testing to only those who are very sick or healthcare workers so they can return to work if negative.
· In response to the Governor’s directive, many municipalities and counties are reducing staff, limiting access to buildings, and restricting visitors. At my office we are limiting visits to “necessity only” and routine visits will be cancelled and re-scheduled later or conducted by telephone. This is not only to protect you…but to protect me, my staff, and other patients from unnecessary exposure.
· Please note that many offices, as well as my own, will have locked entrance doors and are asking people to call staff in advance so we can provide directions for entering the building. We are taking the isolation/exposure issue very seriously and hope you are too!
We all need to take a deep breath, slow down and not panic over all the information and news we are getting thrown at us daily….our County and State Departments of Health are doing a great job in keeping us up to date on the latest information as they receive it, and ensuring our residents are getting the care they need.
We will get through this together. Well, actually…6 feet apart!
Russell E. Rider MD and Staff
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