DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Fear of catching COVID-19 has caused some patients to avoid medical care. Delays in treatment can reduce your options for care, impact recovery and, in some cases, even cause permanent damage.
DON’T WAIT, FEEL SAFE COMING TO HOAG
If you have a chronic condition or if you are feeling sick or hurt, call your doctor’s office, come to the emergency room, or schedule an in-person or video visit with one of Hoag Urgent Care’s 13 convenient locations.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Acute respiratory illness
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, first, quarantine yourself immediately to avoid infecting others. Then, call your doctor or schedule an in-person or video visit at Hoag Urgent Care. If you are having trouble breathing, call 9-1-1.
If I have COVID-19 symptoms and come to the urgent care, do I need to take any extra precautions?
If you have scheduled an in-person visit:
- Please wear a mask
- When you arrive for your visit, please remain in your car and call us
- We will provide you with further instructions
Can I be tested for COVID-19?
Yes. Your provider will evaluate you to determine if your physical condition is indicative of COVID-19 and if you should get tested.
Can I be tested for COVID-19 antibodies?
Your provider will determine if a COVID-19 antibody test is appropriate for you. Early studies indicate that the presence of antibodies is likely to determine future immunity. However, additional research is still needed at this time.
When can I be tested for the COVID-19 antibodies?
The current recommendation is to test for antibodies more than 14 days after the initial onset of symptoms. Testing too soon could result in a negative result if antibodies have not yet formed.
Can I get a COVID-19 antibody test anywhere or use an at-home kit?
We advise using caution as to where you choose to be tested. Currently there are more than 100 different antibody tests available but only four that have been approved by the FDA. At this time, there appears to be many tests widely available that are not accurate, which may cause someone to prematurely reduce their vigilance in preventing infection.
Are their medications to treat COVID-19?
The symptoms of COVID-19 can be treated and should subside within 14 days. There are no FDA approved, clinically-proven medications for COVID-19. There are options being tested on severe cases where patients are hospitalized and under constant observation.
When will the COVID-19 pandemic be over?
No one is able to answer that at this time. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is follow current recommendations: stay at home, if you must go out, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others, wash your hands, and do not touch your face.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a virus strain. Experts are closely monitoring the virus because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
How is COVID-19 spread?
To become infected, people generally must be within close contact (within 6 feet) of someone who is contagious and come into contact with respiratory droplets. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching an infected surface and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is currently not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
First, much like other acute respiratory infections, the best ways to protect yourself from exposure are:
- Avoid people who have symptoms of acute respiratory infections
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick.
- Stay home as soon as you feel sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and then immediately wash your hands.
- Standard household cleansers and wipes are effective in cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Should I wear a mask?
Masks do help to stop the spread of infection if someone who is actively sick wears them. Additionally, wearing a mask may help protect healthy people as well. However, when it comes to COVID-19, masks are not 100% effective and it is unknown how effective masks are.
How do I properly wear a mask?
- Make sure the mask has no tears or torn straps.
- Secure ties properly according to instruction depending on mask style.
- Do not leave a mask hanging off one ear or hanging around your neck.
- Remove the mask if the mask gets wet or soiled.
- To remove the mask safely:
- Do not touch the front of the mask, as it is contaminated after use.
- For ear loop masks: remove the mask from the side with your head tilted forward handling only the loops.
- For tied masks: remove by handling only the ties and untie the bottom tie first and then the top tie.
- Properly dispose of the mask.
- Wash your hands before applying and after removing a surgical mask.
- Do not reuse a mask; toss it after wearing it once.
Dr. Sattarzadeh shares the heightened safety precautions at Hoag Urgent Care.
Watch how to put on a mask correctly.