Posted on April 28, 2020 in About Dr. Janetzke
Dr. Ellen A. Janetzke and her staff are concerned about protecting and educating patients about COVID-19. Please remember that it’s important to stay home if you are sick and to seek medical attention from a trusted healthcare provider or emergency room if you are seriously ill.
Why is COVID-19 affecting so many people?
COVID-19 spreads from human to human through direct contact with infected people or surfaces that contain the virus. The virus can also be spread quickly and easily if an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks when they are near another person. The virus can be spread through the air as it is carried in the droplets generated by a cough or sneeze or on small droplets of saliva.
Because it is a new virus, there is currently an absence of widespread immunity to protect people from becoming infected by it. This is why the virus is quickly infecting a large number of people and spreading.
What is Dr. Ellen’s Response to COVID-19?
In response to the coronavirus, our offices remain closed to maintain social distancing and due Michigan’s stay-at-home orders. In addition, we are scheduling virtual consultations so that our patients can seek qualified and trustworthy advice, learn more about a procedure that interests them, and speak directly with Dr. Ellen and our staff while remaining safely at home. Our virtual consultations are conducted through a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal.
When we are able to reopen, Dr. Ellen and our staff will take every necessary precaution to ensure patient health and safety. This includes thorough and careful sanitation of our space, wearing masks, gloves, and other protective equipment, and following any other CDC guidelines. The health and safety of our patients is always a top priority, but added precautions may be taken as we reopen.
What can you do to protect yourself and your family from getting COVID-19?
Social distancing is the best thing that you and your family can do to prevent becoming infected and from infecting other people. Social distancing includes staying at home as much as possible and staying at least 6 feet away from other people when you need to be in a public place.
Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap, water, and vigorously rubbing is a key way to kill the virus that you may have come into contact with. This is especially important after you have been in public places and before you eat.
Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. This will make it less likely to spread the virus to other surfaces.
Wearing a cloth, non-medical grade mask has also been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is particularly important because you may be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, and the mask will prevent you from spreading droplets from coughs, sneezes, or saliva to the air or surfaces, protecting those around you.
You should consult a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: difficulty breathing, high fever that does not go away with medicine, chest pain or pressure, and bluish lips or face. Some doctors are available by phone or video conferencing for an initial evaluation.
What is a good source to stay updated about COVID-19?
Physicians and researchers are constantly learning new information about COVID-19. You can stay up to date on all the latest news and information at the Centers for Disease Control’s website — CDC.gov.
For coronavirus-related updates in regards to our office, such as virtual consultations and our eventual reopening, visit our website or keep up with Dr. Ellen on social media.
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