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PREPARING FOR CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

We know many people have questions; here are answers to a few of the most common concerns.

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Coronavirus and COVID-19: How to protect yourself and get care

Your health and safety are always our top priority. To help you protect yourself and your loved ones, we’ve gathered the most important information and guidance on the coronavirus and COVID-19. Check back for the latest information as we continue to update this page.

Getting care

Call if you think you have symptoms

It’s important to call us first if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed. Calling ahead helps us direct you to the most appropriate care, and take precautions to protect other patients, and employees.

Care by phone, online, or in-person

You have many ways to get care without leaving the comfort of your home — Colorado Heart Clinic Telehealth visits and even phone appointments. Learn more about this service at www.healthy-connections.org/coloradoheartclinic/telehealth.

All telehealth visits will require patients to fill out a consent form. Before your visit, you will be asked to fill out the appropriate consent form. It can be found on the telehealth page.

If you need to come in, we’re here for you — and we’re taking every precaution to keep our facilities safe. For appointments:

  • Call our scheduling office at 303.778.1171

Elective surgeries and procedures

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all non-urgent procedures be postponed in parts of the country where there’s community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, Colorado Heart Clinic will be postponing elective or non-urgent procedures in all locations. We’ll proactively reach out to inform patients of the change. If you have an upcoming procedure, you can also phone or email your Provider’s office with any questions about your ongoing care needs. Once the outbreak has passed, we can work together to reschedule your procedure.

What are some tips during the COVID-19 outbreak?

It’s still cold and flu season and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you’re sick (except to get medical care). Keep sick children home from school or daycare.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Wash your hands afterward.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress.
  • And see additional guidance from the CDC and White House at https://www.coronavirus.gov/.

Do I need a mask?

The CDC doesn’t currently recommend the use of masks for most people. Only people who are sick with COVID-19 and in some cases those who are caring for them should wear face masks.

Which people are at the highest risk?

For most people, COVID-19 symptoms are mild and go away on their own. But if you are over 60, have a weakened immune system, or have an underlying health condition, you have a higher risk of developing serious symptoms. You must take additional precautions, including:

  • Avoid large groups — including concerts, conventions, sporting events, and social gatherings.
  • Avoid visiting health care facilities except to get medical care — for example, nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals.

If you have a cough and fever, please call us at (888) 710-8220 and we’ll make sure you get the care you need.

We are learning more everyday

This is an ever-changing situation. Our Colorado Heart Clinic caregivers are actively applying what we’ve learned over the past several weeks and coupling that with our extensive experience in caring for people with infectious diseases to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on what we’ve experienced, we know much more now than we did in mid-January when most of us first learned of this new version of the coronavirus.

We’re also working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and federal, state, and local agencies about the latest recommendations and guidance. Rest assured that your health is our top priority.

General COVID-19 information

Your health and safety are always our top priority. To help you protect yourself and your loved ones, we’ve gathered the most important information and guidance on the coronavirus and COVID-19. Check back for the latest information as we continue to update this page.

What is the coronavirus?

The new coronavirus is a type of virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — an infection of the airways and lungs. It’s part of the same family of coronaviruses that causes the common cold. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

What are the symptoms?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath — similar to the flu. Symptoms appear to be more severe in the elderly and people with chronic conditions. The latest data shows that about 80% of people with COVID-19 will show no or very mild signs of illness. Most people who get it will not need to visit their doctor and will recover on their own.

How does it spread?

We now know the virus is spread from person to person — mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) — through tiny droplets made when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Do I need to be concerned about keeping my upcoming appointment with Healthy Connections?

Call us at (888) 710-8220. We will advise you as to what to do with your appointment. This may include the option to have your clinic visit done by telehealth over the computer or smartphone.

 

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