ALLIGATOR ALLERGY & ASTHMA

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Alligator Allergy's Coronavirus Response

 

Telemedicine!

We have begun using the telemedicine platform doxy.me as a way to connect with our patients AND maintain critical social distancing measures to slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

The platform is compatible with a variety of devices (even your cell phone!) and is HIPPA-compliant.

 

Click here for the Patient Information flier

 

When able, we encourage patients to utilize our telemedicine services for their office visits to maintain social distancing protocols. 

 

Clinic Guidelines Regarding The Novel Coronavirus

We are implementing CDC guidelines to protect patients and staff while in our clinic so that we can continue to take care of our patients.   
What this means for your appointment:

  • If you have a fever, cough, muscle/joint aches or other flu-like symptoms, or you have been exposed to someone with coronavirus within the previous 14 days, please reschedule your appointment.

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others in the waiting room.

  • Come alone [unless you are minor, then please bring your parent or guardian].

    • We have to limit the number of patients in the waiting room at a time to allow for personal distancing within the clinic. 

  • Most staff will be wearing surgical masks to limit our exposure during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    • It is only a preventive measure, it does not mean the staff member is infectious. Any staff member who is ill will not be permitted to work 

 

Precautions for Alligator Allergy Patients!

Click for a partial list of patient types who need to take extra precautions

 

Precautions for patients:

  • Reduce Contact:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

    • Stay home when sick or if you have been exposed to a family or household member who is sick

    • Keep your distance - 6 feet or more from others 

    • If you have a fever [101.5 or 2° higher than your normal temperature], stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone [without having used medicine for fever].

  • Protect Others:

    • Cover coughs and sneezes

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. 

      • Throw away used tissue when you’re done. 

    • Use your sleeve or elbow if you don’t have a tissue. 

    • Wash or sanitize your hands afterward.  

  • Maintain Personal Hygiene: ​

    • Wash hands often

      • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice). 

      • Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

      • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.

    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you don’t have soap and water. 

    • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces

 

For immunodeficiency and moderate-severe asthma patients advise extra precautions:

  • Avoidance: 

    • Avoid crowds and large gatherings of people, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.

    • Avoid cruise and air travel

  • Protection:

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or cloth when you go out in public

    • Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

  • Vigilance:

    • Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs:

      • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

      • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

      • New confusion or inability to arouse

      • Bluish lips or face

  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms, get tested!

 

General Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus (SARS - CoV - 2)

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in people and many animal species. Coronaviruses derive their name from the fact that under an electron microscope, each virion is surrounded by a “corona,” or crown. This is due to viral spike peplomers (a glycoprotein "spike" designed to match with host cell receptors to make infection possible) located on the protein-based envelope surrounding the virus particle. On rare occasions, animal coronaviruses will infect people, such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2). 

What is a Pandemic?

A pandemic is a global outbreak of a disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus can (a) infect people and (b) quickly and reliably spread between people.  Because the virus is new, there is little to no pre-existing immunity in the world, which allows it to spread worldwide.

Who is at risk?

You are at an increased risk of developing severe illness from SARS-CoV-2 if the following conditions apply to you:

  • Older adult (over 65 years of age)

  • Immunodeficiency (Click here for a list)

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Lung disease (ASTHMA)

Source: CDC.gov