Phoenix residents have certainly been struggling, whether it is COVID-19 itself or the quarantine. There have been 135 deaths in the Phoenix area and 140 more statewide.
Reported cases included 3,572 in Maricopa County and another 3,240 statewide. That number is certain to go up as Arizona prepares for a testing blitz. Statewide testing will be held May 2 and the two consecutive Saturdays. The goal is to test as many as 20,000 people.
Our office’s response to the crisis, beyond keeping our facility very clean, has been to add telehealth visits. We are also offering an urgent care alternative by providing same-day appointments in person, when necessary. Whether you have the coronavirus or some other problem, we are here for you.
What are COVID-19 symptoms?
Some symptoms are very familiar. They feel like the flu, a bad cold, or a sinus infection. These include fever, sore throat, aching joints, sore throat and cough. It may include stomach problems.
Major Covid-19 clues include a bad headache, although not all patients will have one. Also, breathing problems are a big clue. Your symptoms may feel similar to pneumonia and bronchitis.
Although it isn’t as scary, the loss of smell and taste is another sign. Likewise, some patients have experienced a tingling in their arms or legs or a strange sensation on their skin.
Doctors have now confirmed that strokes can be a symptom of COVID-19, even in younger patients. This is just one of the reasons it’s essential to get tested and get expert medical advice.
Could you have COVID-19?
It’s time to get tested if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or any known Covid-19 symptoms (bad headache, loss of sense of smell, etc.). Or you may have been in contact with someone who has it.
It’s time to call for an appointment. If you have a Covid diagnosis or you are concerned, Innovative Family Health offers telehealth appointments to allow you to stay home and still get medical attention.
You can get better. There’s no need to panic if you get a COVID diagnosis. Talk to our office for medical advice, and get extra sleep, rest, and drink fluids. Track your temperature and let us know if it is spiking. It is imperative not to drink wine, beer or other alcoholic drinks while infected with the coronavirus.
If you can’t breathe, call 911 or have someone drive you to the ER.
Are you a high-risk patient?
- Remember each person has individual factors that may make them high risk. That’s why it is vital to schedule a telehealth appointment with Dr. Randall if you are diagnosed with COVID.
- Due to the breathing issues and stroke risk, some younger patients have become so sick that they ended up in the hospital.
- Like the flu, the elderly and those over 60 are considered high risk.
- Fatality rates are highest for those who are coping with lung diseases, heart problems, diabetes and other pre-existing chronic conditions.
- Even if you think you are low risk, you are urged to stay in touch with your doctor.
Can Medicines Cure Covid-10?
- There is no known cure, but there are many treatments.
- Two common pharmaceutical treatments include antibiotics and steroids. Call our office to learn more.
- Prescription cough medicines may provide relief.
How can you learn more about the Phoenix Arizona Quarantine and Area Testing?
- Expanded Testing in Arizona.
- Arizona Quarantine Information.
- Arizona Together Resources for Employees, Employers, Parents, and More.
Remember the Basic Ways to Avoid the Coronavirus in Arizona.
- Maintain a 6-to12-foot distance from others as much as possible.
- No hugging, kissing or shaking hands.
- While in public, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- As often as possible, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay out of the homes, cars and company of those who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid crowds.
- If in public, wear a mask and gloves.
- If wearing gloves, wash them before removing them.
Call us to schedule Covid testing, a telehealth appointment, an in-person appointment or for more information.
More Help from Experts:
World Health Organization: 2019-nCoV