We are always dedicated for keeping our patients healthy. In a current pandemic of COVID-19, we need to be on a high alert of the symptoms we are having as well as health condition of people around us.
COVID-19 have potentially serious complications, such as trouble breathing and pneumonia. Most common symptoms are:
• HIGH FEVER
• SHORTNESS of BREATH
Some people with COVID-19 may also have additional symptom, such as runny and stuffy nose, headache, diarrhea, sore throat, and body aches. These symptoms may just as well be the flu.
So how do we know for sure what is the correct diagnosis?
The incubation period for COVID-19 is 8-14 days, versus the flu which is much shorter. Please, monitor your symptoms, because they may worsen in the second week of the illness.
Should you go to your doctor or a hospital?
Not everyone with COVID-19 requires hospitalization. If your symptoms are mild, it’s best to keep isolated at home, so you are not spreading the virus to others. Should the symptoms worsen, please contact the physician or a local hospital.
Where to test for COVID-19?
Dr. Vinson and his staff have spent hours with regards on this subject, in order to obtain proper information.
We contacted the Department of Mental Health & Hygiene, local urgent care clinics and physicians, as well as NYC Health & Hospital Corporation.
Unfortunately, there aren’t much tests available in Forest Hills area, due to shortages.
There’s no reason to panic. If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to the virus or feel that you can be a carrier, the first step to do is:
• Contact your primary care provider
• Your doctor will go through number of questions to help determine if your are at risk.
• Your doctor will then contact the Department of Health, so they can properly guide you to proper place where testing takes place.
• If you don’t have a physician or need urgent help, please call 311 immediately. They will properly guide you.
• You can contact the NYC Health & Hospital Corp. at 844-692-4692, and they will help you.
In the meantime, please take proper precautions to help protect yourself from infection and virus:
• Wash your hands
• Avoid touching your face
• Maintain Distance
• Don’t share personal items
• Clean surfaces
• Cover your mouth when cough or sneeze
• Keep yourself informed
If you have any questions, or need any additional information, or simply need to talk, please, do not hesitate to call us. We are always looking out for you and want to help.