A cold, the flu or COVID-19: What’s the difference?
A cold, the flu or COVID-19: What’s the difference? If you believe you have symptoms and might be infected with COVID-19, it’s best to be safe and get tested.
Normally, the Coronavirus typically causes the common cold or other mild respiratory viral illnesses, but this new strain can cause much more serious illness, even death, in some patients. Previous novel coronavirus strains include SARS and MERS that occurred in other areas of the world in recent years.
Many visits are currently being scheduled as a telehealth or video visit wherever it's possible and appropriate. If you don't have a primary care provider, you can also utilize telehealth immediate care.
For all in-person visits, you can feel secure in the knowledge that our locations are safe. We've taken significant measures to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients are protected through restriction of visitors, screening at building entrances for fever and other symptoms, isolation of COVID-19 patients and many other measures.
Upon arrival to your appointment, please note that you will have your temperature checked and asked several questions regarding symptoms, potential exposure and travel history. You will be given a mask and you will be required to wear it for the duration of your visit. Companions and drivers will be asked to wait in the car during your visit.
For surgeries and procedures, in addition to the routine informed consent you sign, you will be provided an additional informed consent which outlines the risks and your rights.
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