Dr. Erica Bruen Shares Her Most Commonly Asked Questions About Coronavirus Disease 2019

Dr. Erica Bruen Shares Her Most Commonly Asked Questions About Coronavirus Disease 2019

Click here to view Dr. Erica Bruen's segment with Q2 News.

Question: How serious do I need to take this social isolation and is it really necessary and why?

Answer:

- Very serious - work from home if possible, no play dates, no air travel, eliminate or limit unnecessary trips to businesses, stores and strict attention to frequent handwashing, clothing, doorknobs, etc.

- Social isolation will help blunt the severity of this infection in the community allowing hospitals and healthcare workers to keep up with the influx of patients while balancing bed availability, ventilator availability, healthcare worker health and safety and availability, so that COVID-19 patients are adequately taken care of as well as the ongoing non-COVID-19 medical emergencies.   

Question: What do I do if I think I may have symptoms of COVID19?

Answer:
- If you are critically ill (can’t get enough oxygen/air, can’t breathe, rapidly worsening, etc) then call 911 and report to the local er. 
- If you are not critically ill, call your primary care doctor’s office where you will be asked a series of questions and be directed either:
    - To stay home and monitor your illness, isolate for 10-14 days including 72 hours of symptom free days,
          or,
    - Be directed to have influenza and covid19 testing.

Question: What are the clinics doing in this time of COVID-19?

Answer: 
- Video visits - (through st. vincent mychart system)
- Phone visits (finalizing details are in the works)

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