NOT FEELING WELL AND NEED AN APPOINTMENT FOR AN ACUTE ILLNESS?
ALWAYS BEST TO START WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER
Cold and flu season is underway and COVID-19 continues to be a challenge. Wondering what to do if you or a family member begins to feel sick and experience symptoms like a fever or cough?
You may be tempted to go to an urgent care location or wait it out at home, hoping you’ll feel better soon. However, with most urgent care sites currently experiencing high volume and longer wait times due to Covid-19, the best thing to do first is contact your primary care physician.
We understand that this is a change from what we had advised at the beginning of the pandemic. But the good news is our PPE supply has vastly improved, and vaccinations have increased dramatically, allowing primary care providers a safe environment in which to see you. In the event that you still don’t feel comfortable going to your PCP office in person, telehealth visits continue to be an option. A phone call or video visit can provide your doctor with the details needed to make an informed medical decision about the care you need.
If you’re at risk for COVID-19 or the flu and your symptoms are mild, you may be able to recover at home. Your primary care provider can prescribe medications you may need. If your symptoms seem more serious, your doctor can advise you on next steps based on what you’re experiencing and your overall health status. Again, your PCP is the best person to help guide you and determine the acuity of your problem.
Thank you for allowing us to take care of you and your family in the safest and most efficient way possible. We wish you the best of health this holiday season.