1. How Covid-19 Virus Spread?

  • COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.  We can be infected by coming close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19.

  • When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks it can be spread by respiratory droplets.

  • Also, touching infected surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

For more information on this topic, click on the link below;

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#How-COVID-19-Spreads

2. What are the precautions?

How do you prepare yourself and your family?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides these tips to help you and your family avoid contracting COVID-19:

  • Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.

  • 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, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

How to protect your health?
How to protect your families health?
What to do if you are sick?

3. How to interact with family members, friends and pets?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is better to avoid inviting friends over or visit family members unless it is an emergency, but there are many ways around this obstacle. In this age of the internet, it shouldn’t be too hard to think of creative ways to stay connected with family and friends while social distancing. However, if you are living closely with your family and friends, it's important to consider all safety measures while interacting with them.

4. What symptoms should I look for?

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness. 

Following symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

 

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult the medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

 

If you develop any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get emergency medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face

Should you see a doctor?

  • Have you traveled outside the local area in the last two weeks?

  • Have you been in close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19?

  • Do you have a fever greater than 100 degrees?

  • Do you have respiratory issues?

  • A fever alone is not an indication you need to be tested for COVID-19. But if you have traveled recently or come in contact with a COVID-19-positive person, you need to be tested.

  • Do not go to a clinic or emergency room. Call the medical provider first and get instructions on how to report for a test.

Can somebody spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

For more information on this topic, click on the link below;

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

5. What tests are available in my area?

There are two tests available. One test is to see if the patient has coronavirus. The other test is to see if the patient has antibodies. The second test is equally important because this indicates that the patient has had COVID-19 in the past and has antibodies to fight this virus. For more information on this topic, please click on the link below;

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

 

If you or someone you know has fully recovered from COVID-19, and would like to donate, talk to your doctor. Please click on the link below for more information on this topic;

 

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html 

6. What treatments are available?

There are currently no treatments available for this virus even though doctors and scientists are working nonstop to find one. Most experts do not expect a vaccine to come until the end of 2020 as the earliest or the end of 2021 as the latest.

 

The best thing one can do is if they are tested positive to isolate themselves at their home or a secluded place away from family, friends and others for about fourteen days.

 

If one has symptoms of COVID-19, they should schedule a tele-health appointment with their primary care doctor and their doctor will use their best judgement. 

 

If symptoms continue to get worse, call your doctor immediately. It is important to stay hydrated and eat healthy foods to boost immunity against this virus.

 

For more information on this topic, click on the link below;

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

7.  What are we doing now (Manhattan Medical Group)?

MMG is committed to ensuring the health and safety of each patient and staff members. 

  • For patients:

 

If the patient has any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately for about 14 days. If the patient was recently in an area that is a hotspot, they should immediately self-isolate. If they have been in contact with someone that has had COVID-19 recently, they should self-isolate. Even though the patient is self-isolated, they are welcome to schedule a tele-health appointment. 

 

If the patients need to come in, we recommend them not to bring anyone with them. If they do need assistance, we recommend that they bring only one person to help them out. If one person needs to come, make sure that they are 18 and older and that the person has not had any symptoms in the last 14 days. The staff would prefer if the patient scheduled their appointment as a tele-visit appointment but they do understand that if the patient has to come in, they will accommodate that for them.

 

We are currently still operating! On our website under tele-heath services (under patients):

"In order to continue to provide healthcare services to our patients, we have added tele-health visits as an option to keep patients safe and healthy during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

 

In order to use tele-health services from us, you can either use our patient portal or a videoconferencing app (Zoom, Hangouts) on your phone or computer."

 

Adding onto that, "Please feel free to call our office to reschedule your appointment to a later date if you are unable to comply with the restrictions below, or if you would simply like to limit your potential exposure. We will maintain regular office hours from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Please call 785-539-8700 to reschedule."

 

In other words, we are still contacting patients via telecommunication. Our staff communicates through the mediums of phones and computers

 

You can contact Heart and Vascular Clinics directly by phone: (785) 539-4644

 

  • For staffs:

For the staff members that can work from home, we are continuing for them to do that. For everyone else that needs to come, each staff member must be wearing a mask at all times. If a staff member has one of the symptoms, they will self-isolate at home for 14 days. There are hand sanitizer bottles everywhere around the office for staff members and patients to use.

 

We could not be more proud and grateful for our staff in such unsettling times! We have preemptive measures set to ensure the viability of our staff. For more in-depth information of what healthcare facilities like ours are doing at this time, click on the following link:

 

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

8. What to expect?

As of right now, the City of Manhattan has opened some of the facilities, and others will be opened soon. Further information will be provided on the city website. For more information on this topic, please click on the links below!
 

https://cityofmhk.com/3046/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Updates

9. How to practice social distancing?

The purpose of social distancing is to limit the face-to-face interaction between peoples. The guidelines remain the same: remain 6ft away from people, avoid mass gatherings, and do not gather in groups.

 

  • Buy groceries and medicine, go to the doctor, and complete banking activities online when possible.

  • If you must go in person, stay at least 6 feet away from others and disinfect items you must touch.

  • Get deliveries and takeout, and limit in-person contact as much as possible.

 

For more information on this topic, click on the link below!

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

10. Where to send my questions?

You can send us questions here on our website! Click on 'Contact us'. From there, scroll down to the bottom of the page and write any questions you wish to ask! Please note that responses may be delayed because of the current situation.

11. How to contact us?

You can contact Heart and Vascular Clinics directly by phone: 785-539-4644 or Click on ‘Contact Us’. Also, patient portal is still up and running! 

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