Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention

ALLERGY CLINIC ENHANCES INFECTION CONTROL POLICY

We all know COVID-19 has become an emerging threat across the country. Controlling the spread of infectious viruses is now even more important than before. 

At Hedberg Allergy & Asthma, we are taking every necessary precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors. For this reason, anyone who is concerned about exposure to coronavirus or has flu-like symptoms should stay home and limit contact with others until said symptoms resolve. 

If you have you been in contact with any known positives in the last 2 weeks or are experiencing any of the following flu-like symptoms, please DO NOT come to the clinic and call the office to reschedule your appointment:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New onset or change in cough
  • Fever      
  • Body aches
  • Recent loss of taste or smell

Our Internal Efforts

Please know, we are taking the following extra precautions within all of our clinics:

  • Screening staff and sending home anyone with the above mentioned symptoms
  • All staff members are required to wear protective masks
  • Regularly cleaning/disinfecting all surfaces
  • Using hand sanitizer or washing hands after every patient contact

Preparing For Your Next Appointment

Please be prepared to follow our new safety guidelines at your next appointment.

  1. Only the patient is allowed into the clinic for office visits or allergy shots unless they are a minor or are unable to make medical decisions.
  2. Patients are required to wear a mask or face covering.
  3. Be prepared to have your temperature taken when you arrive.
  4. Upon arrival you will be asked the following questions:
    •  Have you been in been in contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 (within approximately 6ft for a prolonged period) in the past 14 days?  Have you been in contact with anyone who is currently being tested for COVID-19?
    • Have you had a fever of 100.4+ in the last 2 days?
    • Do you currently have a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or recent loss of taste and/or smell?
  5. Maintain social distancing and avoid unnecessary contact where possible.

WE DO NOT HAVE TESTING FOR COVID-19


For information regarding COVID-19 and immunodeficiencies, click the link to watch a video from the Immune Deficiency Foundation:

https://primaryimmune.org/news/covid-19-video-update-march-10

For information regarding COVID-19 and asthma, click the link for tips from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:

https://community.aafa.org/blog/coronavirus-2019-ncov-flu-what-people-with-asthma-need-to-know

For more information regarding asthma and face masks, click the link:

https://community.aafa.org/blog/what-people-with-asthma-need-to-know-about-face-masks-and-coverings-during-the-covid-19-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR29gRSxsgUGgW3A1DUiSGaVOsuguiGqZG2G_HMvkH0XmRxTT2V5J2suaVE

WE WILL NOT WRITE EXEMPTIONS FOR WEARING FACE MASKS.


Information from the CDC

If you have been to a city, state or country where a community spread outbreak of the Coronavirus has been reported, please contact your medical provider.

Visit www.cdc.gov periodically to stay up-to-date on Coronavirus information.

What you need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus disease is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.  The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhun, China.   It is currently spreading through many countries, including the United States.  If you have been to a city, state or country where a community spread outbreak of the Coronavirus has been reported, please contact your medical provider. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 have been reported from mild to severe illness and may appear 2-14 days after exposure has occurred.  You can help stop the spread of this disease by knowing the signs and symptoms.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • New onset of Shortness of Breath           

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

How is it spread?

  The virus is mainly thought to be spread from person to person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Possibly through touching a surface or object that has been touched by an infected person

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus.  The CDC recommends these everyday preventative actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw that away
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html