The physicians and staff of MOGA would like to provide our patients with information regarding concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are closely monitoring the status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as well as following the guidelines and protocols issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in our practice.
To assist in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and to provide a safe environment for our patients and employees, we are asking patients with routine scheduled appointments who have symptoms of any upper respiratory infection (sore throat, fever, cough, or any difficulty breathing) OR have been in contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19, to re-schedule their appointment and stay home. We are also asking our patients to NOT bring visitors or children with upper respiratory symptoms to the appointment with you.
If you are not exhibiting symptoms, we are requesting that you either not bring a visitor or limit your visitor to one asymptomatic person. If you are scheduled for a gender reveal or 4-D ultrasound, please limit yourself to two asymptomatic visitors. We are happy for you to “facetime” or phone record your scan. (In addition to the images we will provide for you.)
If you are over 65 or immunocompromised, you may want to reschedule any routine appointment for a future date.
We are currently not offering testing for COVID-19. If you feel that you may be at risk, are experiencing upper airway symptoms, etc., please call your primary care physician and follow his/her instructions. HOSPITALS ARE REQUESTING THAT YOU DO NOT GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM UNLESS YOU ARE HAVING SEVERE SHORTNESS OF BREATH. They are not testing asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients without risk factors, may be extremely busy, and are asking that you let them attend to patients who need care.
Pregnant patients may be especially concerned about COVID-19. There is no evidence that the virus affects pregnant women differently. As is the case with everybody, pregnant women should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection. Remember that the vast majority of infected people have mild-moderate symptoms with full recovery. Like the flu, best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to follow good prevention practices like:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The CDC has developed the following information regarding Coronavirus and pregnancy:
“Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy” which is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html
More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov or contact the Tennessee Department of Health coronavirus information line at 877-857-2945.