To Our Wellness First Patient Community,

As your primary care team, we want to do everything possible to assure you stay well.   With the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our country, here are some guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that we believe will help decrease the spread of this infection:

  1. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN.   Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands before eating, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose or coughing, after interacting with others, and after you have returned from trips outside your home.  If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. AVOID PUTTING YOUR HANDS ON YOUR FACE. The COVID-19 virus enters the body through the eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. CLEAN FREQUENTLY TOUCHED SURFACES AND OBJECTS IN YOUR HOME AND OFFICE SPACE DAILY USING A REGULAR HOUSEHOLD DETERGENT AND WATER.  (e.g., tables, countertops, appliances, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, computer keyboards, phones)
  4. AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE SICK WITH COLD OR FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS.
  5. AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELED BY COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION SUCH AS AIRLINES, TRAINS, BUSES.

Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in our community, we encourage you to consider and develop a plan of action:

  1. Choose a room and separate bathroom in your home that can be used by a sick household member. The sick individual should remain separated from other people and animals.
  2. If you live alone, identify someone you can call and get assistance in the event you become ill.
  3. Have a supply of over the counter medication for fever and cough control. For fever we advise acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  4. Have a modest supply of food supplies like soup, applesauce, and/or juice.

If you become ill with upper or lower respiratory congestion, cough, fever, or shortness of breath, CALL US IMMEDIATELY for medical advice.   PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE OFFICE WHERE YOU MIGHT SPREAD THE INFECTION.  We will assess your symptoms over the phone and give you guidance.  Remember, you can reach us day or night at our office number 561-491-4666.   The best place for you to remain is in your home isolated from other household contacts and pets.

For more detailed information, here are some recommended websites for updated information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 

http://palmbeach.floridahealth.gov/

We understand your concerns.   None of us knows how severely or for how long COVID-19 will impact us in Palm Beach County.  We stand ready to assist you with your questions and concerns regarding COVID-19.   We will respond quickly should you become acutely ill, and we will continue to update you as our understanding of this infection becomes clearer.

In wellness,

Holly Hadley, MD and Danielle DiPiero, DO

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