A brief statement about COVID-19 (coronavirus) from the provider team at Grand Rapids Allergy.
We encourage our patients to follow the recommendations being outlined by public health officials.
· Wash your hands.
· Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
· Stay away from people who are sick.
· Consider staying home when possible. Use caution when traveling or choosing activities where more than 100+ people will be participating.
We have Virtual Visits available to patients whether you are healthy or experiencing infectious symptoms. We are asking patients with scheduled appointments to call the office first if they are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or recent contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of COVID-19. If you have not been seen in our office in over 2 years, please call our office to review alternative appointment options or consider contacting your primary care provider.
We are taking active measures in our office to minimize infectious exposures. To do this, we have posted visual alerts at the building entrances, are expanding access to Virtual Visits, and implementing expanded cleaning and disinfecting procedures – including removal of all magazines, books, toys, etc. from waiting areas and patient rooms.
Please watch our Facebook page, website and your email for further updates.
There are many reliable and regularly updated resources for you to reference as each hour brings new information to light. Please access these outlets for information:
To our patients with asthma:
There is a great summary from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Major points to consider:
· Review your Asthma Action Plan.
· Follow your plan and make sure you take your medications and get your asthma under best control.
· If you get a fever and cough, call our office or your primary care provider to schedule a Virtual Visit (telemedicine/telehealth), making sure to let us/them know all of your symptoms.
· It is recommended to have a 14-28-day supply of your medications and essentials like food in the event of need for quarantine. There is no indication to anticipate a shortage of asthma medications. Your insurance may not cover medications that are requested beyond normal quantities.
· Social distancing is always recommended for everyone during peak of viral cold and flu season. Follow guidelines being issued by public health leaders and do what makes most sense for your family and health. If you wish to have specific recommendations from a provider, please schedule a Virtual Visit.