Orthopedic Health of KC Newsletter May 2020
- Face Covering Etiquette
- What to Do if You’re Sick
- When to Discontinue Isolation After COVID-19
- OHKC Clinic: Emergency Room Alternative
How OHKC is preventing the Spread of COVID-19
Studies have shown that individuals in close proximity to one another can transmit the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason, the staff at OHKC will continue wearing masks even though certain restrictions have been lifted in the state of Missouri. We also ask that patients continue wearing masks. By doing this, all parties will be protected from any droplets spread when speaking, sneezing, or coughing. Additionally, face masks help remind wearers not to touch their mouth and/or nose.
The CDC reports that cloth face coverings should fit snugly and comfortably, be secured with ties or loops around the ears, include more than one layer of fabric and allow for ease of breathing. Also, masks should have the ability to be machine washed and dried without changing shape. The CDC has easy to follow instructions on how to make homemade face coverings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-facecoverings. html.
What to do if you’re sick
The CDC asks that you stay home if you have COVID-19 or think you may have COVID-19. The website reports that most people with COVID-19 “have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care.” It also recommends that you stay in touch with your physician by calling their office before leaving your home to get medical care, unless you exhibit emergency warning signs.
The following are emergency warning signs. You should go straight to the emergency room if showing one or more of these symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain or pressure
- Confusion or disorientation
- Inability to wake/remain awake
- Blue color of the lips or face
When heading to the emergency room, please notify the operator about your COVID-19 concerns.
When to Discontinue Isolation after being sick
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 test, it is natural to wonder when to come out of home isolation. The CDC reports that if you have been fever free for at least 72 hours without medicine AND you have seen improvements across all symptoms AND it has been at least 10 days since symptoms started, you can leave your house.
Sometimes, a person will test positive for COVID-19 without exhibiting any symptoms. In these cases, the infected person may leave the home once it has been at least 10 days since the date of his/her first positive test AND that person continues to show no symptoms since the initial test.
OHKC Clinic: Alternative to Emergency Rooms
Avoid the hospital and potentially sick patients when unexpected orthopedic injury occurs by visiting our urgent care clinic. The urgent care clinic continues to operate without reduced hours.
Both of the OHKC clinics (the NKC and the Counterpoint locations) are open Monday thru Friday from 8am – 8pm. Additionally, the NKC location is open from 8am – 12pm on Saturdays.
Don’t put yourself or those you love at increased risk by visiting the emergency room. Let OHKC help you quickly, economically, and safely with your orthopedic injury at one of our clinics.