About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Recently, a new coronavirus—Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—was detected in Wuhan, China. This novel coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection.
What are we doing ?
Your medical team at Boroughs Medical and Wellness Center is closely watching the Coronavirus situation unfold. We are following the guidelines dictated by Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Mass DPH) for screen and testing patients with flu like symptoms.
Mass DPH is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide updated information about the novel coronavirus outbreak.
What you need to know?
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Warning signs include:
· Difficulty breathing
· Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
· New confusion or inability to arouse
· Blush lips or face
How it Spreads?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
Take steps to protect yourself
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
Throw used tissues in the trash
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
If you are sick
- You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness, you should contact your healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
If you are very sick get medical attention immediately
For latest information please click Mass DPH website.
IMPORTANT: If you suspect you have virus symptoms please call us before coming into the office.