Lynx Healthcare's Response to COVID-19
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Lynx Healthcare is not a primary care or family medicine provider. We strongly advise if you have concerns about COVID-19 for you to reach out to your nearest primary care, urgent care, or hospital facility. We also suggest that you reach out to your insurance provider for any questions you may have regarding coverage for COVID-19.
COVID-19 & Lynx Healthcare's Response
The novel coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the CDC's risk assessment will be updated as needed.
Symptoms: Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms that can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. Most infected people will recover on their own.
Tips: It’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol hand sanitizers are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home if you are sick (except to get medical care). Keep sick children home from school or daycare.
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterwards.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.
• Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
If you or a family member has traveled recently to an area of risk, or if you think you may have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms of respiratory illness, you should contact your current primary care provider. Should you have any dire concerns in regards to the COVID-19 and your care here at Lynx Healthcare please utilize the "Text Us" option found on the screen.
Guidance for people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness: Public health agencies recommend that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. This includes concert venues, conventions, sporting events, and crowded social gatherings.
People at higher risk include those:
• Over 60 years of age
• With underlying health conditions including include heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
• With weakened immune systems
• Who are pregnant
Lynx Healthcare will be offering telemedicine for all of our patient base to help all low and high risk patients stay safe during this National Health Emergency.
At this time there is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, most confirmed cases have occurred in adults. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult their doctor about whether their children should stay home. If you have questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for COVID-19 please call your primary care provider.
Prescriptions: Currently Lynx Healthcare will be offer telemedicine services to all or our new and current patients. All prescriptions will be delivered through an electronic prescribing software to a local pharmacy.
Masks: The CDC does not currently recommend the use of masks among the general public. Only health care professionals caring for COVID-19 patients, people who are sick with COVID-19, or in some cases people caring for patients who are sick with COVID-19 need precautions like a face mask to help limit their risk of spreading COVID-19.
Lynx Healthcare is committed to the health and safety of our patients, employees, and physicians.
For more information, please visit the CDC website for the latest coronavirus information.