Coronavirus Update 4/28/20
Hello patients and friends-
We wanted to give everyone an update on our plan to resume normal office hours on May 1st. This includes moving forward with surgeries. Please visit our Office Reopening page for more information.
- We ask that all patients wear masks to their appointments. Paper and cloth masks (including homemade) are acceptable. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide masks for each patient during their visit.
- We will minimize wait times in the waiting room by having patient’s check-in remotely from home or by phone. We ask that all patients complete updated patient information and pay copay’s in advance to coming into the office.
- We will have the waiting room configured to maintain at least 6 feet for social distancing.
- We ask that only the patient come to the office for the visit. Exceptions include minors and adults with disabilities.
- Our employees and physicians will wear masks and gloves during each patient encounter, while practicing diligent hand washing. Our rooms will be wiped down with disinfectants between visits.
- All patients will be screened, and temperature taken before being admitted into patient care areas. Telemedicine visits may be available through the month of June for patients considered at risk for COVID-19.
- A patient may be considered high risk for COVID-19 if they are over age 65, have chronic heart/lung disease, or immunodeficiency. If your risk is high, you may want to consider the telehealth option first.
What Are The Early Signs Of Coronavirus?
Dr. Michael J. Sillers lists the early signs for Coronavirus infection.
What Should I Do If I Think I Have Coronavirus?
Dr. Michael J. Sillers states that if you are concerned you may have Coronavirus, you can call 211 to reach the Alabama Department of Public Health for more information or even contact your primary healthcare provider.
What Is The Importance Of Social Distancing?
Dr. Michael J. Sillers discusses the importance of social distancing and how they keep their practice following this guideline.
Is There A Noticeable Difference Between Allergy And COVID-19 Symptoms?
In the era of COVID-19, you may be unsure of whether your symptoms are a sign of allergic rhinitis, environmental allergies, or the virus. If you've been diagnosed with allergies and are facing the same symptoms you've had in the past, it's unlikely that you have COVID-19.
The most common symptoms of allergies include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, watery or itchy eyes, ear congestion, and postnasal drainage. If you're experiencing them, continue your traditional therapies. Take your antihistamines or other medications as prescribed by your doctor, keep your windows shut, and run your air conditioner.
A Fever is Not an Allergy Symptom
So how can you differentiate allergy symptoms from those of coronavirus? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the hallmark symptoms of the virus are cough, shortness of breath, and fever. If you're experiencing a fever, it's likely not an allergy symptom.
Be sure to contact your healthcare provider and inform them of your fever right away. They may perform testing and determine whether COVID-19 is present. If you have a mild case of the virus, you'll be asked to rest and sleep, drink plenty of liquids, and stay at home until you've completely recovered. A ventilator and immediate medical care may be necessary if your condition is more severe.
How Do Allergies Differ From COVID-19?
Since allergies are the result of a response in the immune system, they're not contagious. COVID-19, however, is a respiratory virus that spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread through contact with infected objects or surfaces.
Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Coronavirus
To reduce your risk of developing coronavirus, be sure to follow these steps.
Wash Your Hands Often
Use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds on a regular basis. Hand washing is particularly important after you cough, sneeze, blow your nose, go to the bathroom, and eat or prepare food.
Don't Touch Your Face
Keep your hands off your eyes, nose, and face as much as possible. If you do have to touch your face for any reason, be sure to thoroughly wash them right before.
It may be tempting to go out and live your normal life but staying at home is essential during this time. Unless you can't work from home or need to go grocery shopping, do not go out. If you do have to for any reason, be sure to stay at least six feet from others.
How to Manage Your Allergy Symptoms
If you don't have a fever, take these steps to keep your allergy symptoms under control.
It's important to keep the dust and pollen in your house to a minimum. So make sure you vacuum, replace carpet floors with hardwood, and wipe off all the nooks and crannies throughout the various rooms of your house.
Take the Proper Medications
There are a number of medications you can take to keep your allergy symptoms under control. Antihistamines may lower the amount of histamine produced in your body and reduce sneezing, sniffling, and itching as a result. Decongestants can clear mucus from the nasal passageways to relieve swelling and congestion.
Consult Your Doctor
If you're concerned about your allergy symptoms or need medical attention for any reason, don't hesitate to reach out to your doctor. In the COVID-19 era, many doctors are performing telemedicine visits and can help you online or over the phone.
Limit Your Time Outdoors
Although this may be easier said than done during social distancing, do your best to stay indoors in air conditioning as much as you can. Also, keep your windows and doors closed to prevent pollen and other allergens from getting in your home or car.
Remember that while allergies typically cause nasal symptoms like runny nose and congestion, they do not usually lead to fever. Seek medical attention immediately if you catch a fever in addition to other allergy-like symptoms.