COVID-19 Symptoms and Prevention

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Symptoms & Preventions

To Our Patients,

We care about your health and wellbeing, as well as that of our clinicians and staff. If you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing the flu-like symptoms listed below please call (978) 381-4495 to reschedule.

Check out the CDC recommended steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.

If you have a medical emergency, please call our office to learn the details of our protocol.

Symptoms

Symptoms for the COVID-19 virus are similar to the cold or flu, and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. Be vigilant as severe cases may lead to further health complications.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Runny Nose and Sneezing
  • Cough & Sore Throat
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Headache
  • Chills and Fatigue
  • Muscle Pain & Weakness

Prevention

The World Health Organization and CDC recommend the following prevention measures:

Wash Hands Frequently
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Practice Respiratory Hygiene
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissues – discard tissues and clean hands immediately.

Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose & Mouth
Hands touch many surfaces that can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.

Social Distancing
Stay home when you’re sick. Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and other people, particularly someone who is coughing or sneezing. Refrain from shaking hands to minimize the potential spread of germs.

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

Seek Medical Care Early
If you have a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area where the virus has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has traveled to those areas who has respiratory symptoms.

If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to areas identified with the virus, seek medical care and be sure to take preventative measures, such as hand washing and respiratory hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.

For updates and more information please visit www.CDC.gov, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (978) 381-4495.