MedRite Urgent Care prides ourselves on always being ready to help in all public health crises. Right now, during the COVID-19 outbreak, we need your help to protect our ability to take care of the patients who truly need us. Please take a couple of minutes to read the following message and share with friends and family.
For those patients who are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, persistent cough, and body aches, we are here to examine and evaluate you. If we are able to rule out seasonal flu, we may recommend sending you for coronavirus testing. If you have an illness or injury unrelated to those symptoms, we are certainly here for you as well.
Patients experiencing mild cold/flu symptoms who are seeking to rule out coronavirus for peace of mind cannot be tested at this time.
As your doctor, we will be honest and direct with you. Currently, widespread testing is unavailable and may even be counterproductive, because the demand for testing will overwhelm our ability to care for the sickest, most vulnerable patients.
There is neither a rapid test, nor a vaccine, nor any medicine designed specifically for COVID-19. Please keep in mind anyone tested today could contract the illness tomorrow. Most patients who contract the disease will experience mild to moderate cold or flu-like symptoms and will slowly recover.
Does MedRite Now offer a vaccination for Coronavirus/COVID-19?
No. There is currently no vaccination available for Coronavirus.
Is it safe for me to visit MedRite Now?
In addition to our standard infection control protocols, we are taking additional steps to protect our patients and staff from Coronavirus, including sterilizing our facilities at all open hours of operation.
What are the differences between the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the flu?
The Coronavirus and flu have very similar symptoms. It is important to note most patients experiencing flu-like symptoms do not have Coronavirus and should seek care at MedRite.
How does the Coronavirus/COVID-19 spread?
The virus is believed to mainly spread from person-to-person. We advise keeping at least six feet of distance from anyone who may be sick or showing early signs as this virus can be spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs and sneezes.
Touching infected surfaces and objects then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose may be another way that you could become infected, however, this is not thought to be the main way this virus spreads.
What can I do to protect myself from Coronavirus/COVID-19?
There are many precautions you can take to protect yourself against the Coronavirus and the first would be to get a flu shot. Although a flu vaccine cannot protect you from COVID-19 directly, you are more likely to develop severe pneumonia if you were to contract both viruses simultaneously.
Additionally, it is also important to frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes all work well as long as they contain at least 60% alcohol.
Lastly, always be sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with the inside of your elbow, never your hands. Also try to stay at least six feet away from people who are sick and do not share water bottles, drinks, sports equipment such as mouthpieces, etc.