Coronavirus Updates

3/16/2020

Dear Patients,

To decrease any possible community spread of the coronavirus, for the next two weeks we are only seeing patients with emergency or pain related dental appointments. As a reminder from our previous notice, please come alone unless absolutely necessary as we need to limit the number of people in our patient waiting room.

As always, we look to provide the safest dental treatment for our patients and our staff. We will update guidance on our website, through email or text (for those on our patient communication tool), and FaceBook as necessary.

In the Best of Health!
Dr. Diane Romaine


3/12/2020

Dear Patients,

In the Best of Health we are providing this information to all of our patients on the Coronavirus and current precautionary measures.

At first glance, symptoms for the new coronavirus, otherwise known as 2019-nCoV, are similar to those we know as a common cold or flu. If you have any of the following common or less typical Coronavirus Symptoms, or been in contact with someone who has them, please do not come to your appointment. Just call the office or email us to reschedule for a later date to ensure your safety and the well-being of other patients and our staff. Also, please limit the number of people accompanying you to decrease contact in our patient waiting room.

Common coronavirus symptoms can include:

— Fever
— Dry cough
— Shortness of breath
— Fatigue & Aching muscles

Less typical coronavirus symptoms:

— Phlegm buildup
— Headache
— Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
— Diarrhea

Symptoms atypical (not common) for coronavirus:

— Runny nose
— Sore throat

A runny nose and a sore throat are typical signs of upper respiratory infection. Therefore, those who have bouts of sneezing or get the sniffles likely have the flu or a common cold. As the new coronavirus generally affects the lower respiratory tract, most of those infected exhibit a dry cough, shortness of breath or pneumonia, but not a sore throat.

Many of those infected initially show no symptoms, so we can only do our best by each other.

According to CDC, the new virus has an incubation period of 14 days.

If you are not sure what you have or are concerned, you should see your primary care provider. A health care professional can have a phlegm sample analysis made to determine the presence or absence of respiratory viruses. That will provide clarity for both you and your doctor.

Information taken from https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-symptoms/a-52233885.

We also encourage you to look at the CDC guidelines at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Stay Informed. Be Safe & Be Well!

Sincerely,

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