With Coronavirus (COVID-19) being a global concern, the safety of our patients is our top priority. We have been closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in partnership with our local and Virginia health departments and the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). We have also implemented recommendations from the CDC and the local and state departments in order to provide the best care for our patients.
If you are experiencing fever, cough, or flu/cold like symptoms AND have traveled internationally or domestically in the past 14 days or have come in close contact with someone confirmed to have the COVID-19, please begin self-isolation procedures and call your primary care provider.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms vary from mild to severe and could include:
- Shortness of breath
- Lose of smell or taste
What steps is Reston ENT taking to address COVID-19?
Patients who recently traveled to regions with high COVID-19 activity or have come in close contact with COVID-19 will not be seen in our office until proper treatment or quarantine measures have been met. In addition, patients at high risk of exposure will be reported to local and state health departments.
We are minimizing interaction between other patients and staff by utilizing telemedicine as much as possible. For patients that need to be seen in-person, we are suspending use of our waiting room and asking patients to wait in the cars until they are ready to be seen. All patients should wear a mask, scarf or bandana to and from their appointment.
In addition to our normal cleaning and sanitation protocols, we have implemented extra cleaning procedures following CDC recommendations.
What steps can I take to protect my health and others?
Take preventive measures to limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including the flu and COVID-19:
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands using soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Limit non-essential travel. If you’ve been out of the country, please quarantine yourself
- Develop a household plan based on your daily needs and routine.
For additional information and ongoing updates on COVID-19, please refer to the local and state health departments and CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hub.