COVID-19 Prevention Strategies
At MedRite Urgent Care, we are committed to protecting the health and well-being of our patients. In keeping with our commitment, we are pleased to offer certified testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including a nasal swab test to detect a current COVID-19 infection, and a blood test to detect COVID-19 antibodies, which may indicate a prior infection and some level of immunity. Of course, we also want to help you avoid getting sick in the first place. Here are some tips to help you stay well:
Currently, there is no vaccine available that can prevent COVID-19, which scientists believe spreads mainly from person to person through close physical contact. Specifically, when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or speaks, his or her contagious respiratory droplets become airborne and can be inhaled by others in close proximity. Therefore, we encourage everyone to follow the latest COVID-19 prevention strategies communicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), which currently include:
- Staying at home always if you are sick, and staying at home as much as possible if you are well
- Practicing social distancing, which means maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
- Wearing a cloth face mask that covers your mouth and nose when you are in a public place, such as a grocery store
- Coughing and sneezing into a clean tissue and immediately discarding the tissue in a trash receptacle
- Washing your hands with soap and warm water thoroughly and often
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable
- Not touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands
- Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, tabletops, desktops, drawer handles, faucets, light switches, keyboards, and phones
Know the Signs
It is also essential to be watchful for COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, a persistent cough, and shortness of breath. If you experience these symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should consult with a medical provider as soon as possible. Keep in mind that older adults and individuals who have an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, lung disease, or cardiovascular disease, are at higher risk for developing serious complications of COVID-19.
We’re Here for You
Whether you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, would like to learn more about COVID-19 prevention strategies, or you have an unrelated, non-life-threatening illness or injury, MedRite Urgent Care is here for you. Contact us or visit one of our office locations today.