Letter to our Patients RE COVID19

Dear Patients,

A year into the COVID19 pandemic, we have all learned a lot about preventing transmission of this potentially deadly disease.

First, and most important, we join with health-care professionals around the world in urging everyone to take protective measures, including these critical habits:

  • Consult with physician care regarding vaccination;
  • Maintain social distancing as much as possible;
  • Wash hands frequently, particularly after contact with any potentially-infected person or surface, and before eating;
  • Avoid touching your face or eating without clean utensils;
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it immediately, or at least into your elbow, never your hand;
  • Recognize the key symptoms of COVID19, and immediately self-isolate and contact your physician, if you experience:
    • The COVID19 triad: fever and chills, cough, shortness of breath
    • Profound fatigue, disorientation
    • ¬†Muscle and body aches
    • Loss of sense of taste or smell
    • If you are feeling any of the above symptoms, we advise you to consult promptly with your physician or an urgent care clinic for further advice. Our clinic is not able to treat COVID-19, and we will need to reschedule your appointment and will waive our usual missed visit fees.
  • Know the key risk factors for serious illness: age > 60 years, underlying heart or lung disease, diabetes, compromised immune system.
  • Seek emergency medical help if you are experiencing severe difficulty breathing (for any reason).

As there are many myths and mistakes about COVID19 circulating on the internet, we suggest consulting only reputable government and medical sources for advice, including:

Alameda County Health Department

California Department of Public Health

US Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

By working together to stay safe and healthy, we can get through this pandemic!

Stay safe and be well,

Anthony Von der Muhll