COVID-19 U P D A T E March 25, 2020 By Advanced Dermatology At Advanced Dermatology we remain focused on caring for our patients by providing high-quality healthcare services when you need them. Our practice is open, and continues to see patients for health care needs. Here’s what we’re doing. Infection prevention precautions – We thoroughly clean and sanitize all patient waiting rooms, exam rooms, and other care areas according to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In-office infection control measures are readily available for our patients and visitors such as alcohol-based hand sanitizers, tissues, hand soap, and waste receptacles. And we have taken extra steps by removing shared items like magazines. Screening – We are screening all patients and visitors for symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or fever. Mask precautions – All of our employees and patients are required to wear a mask the entire time they are in the office. If a patient does not have a mask, we will have them wait in their cars until it is time for them to be called back. Social distancing – All clinic staff, patients, and visitors will adhere to social distancing guidelines. You may notice increased spacing of seating in common waiting areas, and separation of patients in our waiting areas depending on their visit type (sick or well). Should I still come to my appointment?Yes, we are open and seeing all previously scheduled patients. Your on-going healthcare needs remain our top priority. If changes in your appointment need to occur, we will contact you.What about visitors at my appointments?During this time, we ask that you limit accompanying visitors and attend your appointment alone. The only permitted exceptions will be a single caregiver for a minor patient, or for a patient with a disability or impairment warranting assistance. Please verify these policies prior to your appointment.What are the symptoms?Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include: · Fever· Cough· Shortness of breath I have symptoms from this list; should I attend my upcoming appointment?If you have a fever, new cough (within the last two weeks), shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms, please call our office to reschedule accordingly.What can I do to protect myself and others?Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19: · Avoid close contact with people who are sick· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth· Stay home when you are sick· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue· Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces Stay up-to-dateWe are closely monitoring coronavirus in partnership with our local and state health departments, and the CDC. You can access more information and details regarding the virus here: CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hub to stay informed. Thank you for trusting Advanced Dermatology as your healthcare partner. We are here for you.