A message to our patients about COVID-19 Coronavirus
Published March 9, 2020
The safety and protection of our patients, staff and community is our utmost priority.
If you have symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) and have recently traveled to a high risk area (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan) or have known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19, we ask that you CALL us prior to scheduling an appointment: 708-524-8600.
For your protection, we may ask you to wear a mask when arriving for an appointment.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
You can help reduce your own risk by following basic flu-prevention practices:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Practice good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette (https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html).
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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.
- Plan how you will take care of sick family members. Make plans for childcare if you are sick or if your child is sick. Have a thermometer at home so you can check for fever if you or a loved one feels ill.
- Get a FLU SHOT annually
- Stay informed – check the CDC website regularly for new updates (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)