Frequently Asked Questions And Information About Coronavirus
Is It Okay To Keep My Appointment?
YES! Our team is taking extra precautions to protect those in our waiting rooms and clinic area. If you have an appointment and no fever and have had NO exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days, then it is safe to keep your appointment.
Is It Okay To Get My Allergy Shot?
YES! As long as you do not have a fever or have not had a fever, it is safe to get an allergy shot. Our shot rooms are open and taking additional steps to ensure you can safely continue your shot schedule.
Are Telemedicine/Virtual Visits Available?
YES! During this time we are making Virtual Visits available for existing patients subject to provider approval. Please call our office to schedule your virtual visit.
What Procedures Are In Place To Protect Patients And Staff?
Cleaning: Our team has taken additional cleaning measures in the lobbies, exam, and shot rooms.
What Is Lakeshore ENT’s Fever Policy?
During this time, if you or anyone in your household have a fever or have had a fever, body aches, or chills within the last 14 days, we will ask that you reschedule your appointment or postpone your shot. If you have an appointment, please call to reschedule. Allergy shot patients should not get an allergy shot if you have a fever; we recommend waiting until you are fever free for two weeks before continuing your shot schedule. If you have a fever with a cough or body aches, please call your primary care physician or an urgent care center for further instructions. Your health is our top priority. We will continue to monitor this situation and to update you as any changes occur.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.
How Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread?
It is spread through coughing and sneezing, as well as close personal contact.
What About Symptoms?
- Symptoms appear 2-14 days after coming in contact with the virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue and body aches
What If I Think I Am Sick?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance.
Patients who have severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face should seek emergency care immediately.
Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.
Who Is At Risk?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the highest risk groups include:
- People caring for someone who is ill with Coronavirus
- People over age 60
- People with chronic medical conditions such as: High Blood Pressure
- Heart disease
If you have an appointment but have or have had a fever please call to reschedule or, if you are due an allergy shot, please postpone your shot. Due to the greater risk to our respiratory disease patients, we ask that patients are fever free for two weeks before entering our waiting rooms.
What About Asthma And COVID-19?
There is an increased risk for those with asthma or respiratory diseases to be vulnerable to COVID-19, however, the precaution guidance is the same as the flu:
- Take daily asthma medicines to keep your asthma under control.
- For those who do get sick, call your doctor, and follow your Asthma Action Plan.
- Put distance of at least six feet between yourself and other people.
- Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wear a facemask to cover your nose and mouth when you are in public places where you may come into contact with other people.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a bent elbow or tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Reminder About The Flu
- In the US, influenza activity is still high.
- We encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine yearly and this year is no different.
- The flu is known to worsen asthma and is still the biggest threat to asthmatics and patients with COPD.
The Differences Between Coronavirus, Flu, And Allergies:
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Sense of Smell
- Body Aches
- Fatigue and Exhaustion
- Sinus Congestion
- Runny Nose
- Post Nasal Drip
- Itchy or Watery Eyes
Learn About Influenza And Respiratory Diseases:
We are committed to protecting the health of all patients. Thank you for your cooperation.
For More Information On COVID-19, Please Visit:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Texas Health and Human Services
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology