We are working along side our colleagues on the state and national level to develop protocols to keep the families we serve and ourselves safe. Following are a few of the recommended guidelines. You midwife will have complete protocols to share. As recommendations evolve, so will the guidelines.
- we are making sure we are afebrile on your visit day,
- we are also asking families to check their temperatures prior to our entering their home,
- with the nice weather, we are doing visits outside on decks and porches as much as possible,
- in some cases we are offering telehealth visits via Zoom,
- we are washing our hands even more frequently and asking our families to do the same, and
- we are wearing masks when appropriate, practicing social distancing during visits and wearing gloves for any hands-on assessments.
The COVID-19 virus is fast spreading respiratory illness which effects the lungs. When ill and symptoms are mild to moderate, the recommendation is to stay home and isolate yourself to stop the spread of the illness. Most will be able to manage their symptoms at home. For those with severe symptoms, they will need to be hospitalized. Always contact your primary health care provider to discuss any concerns and to schedule testing.
In the meantime, please:
- wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds, (sing the Birthday song :)
- stay home as much as possible,
- practice social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet when you are away from your home,
- do your best to not touch your face when you are not home,
- use hand sanitizer when you are away from home,
- when you return home leave your shoes outside by the door and take all the clothes you've been wearing and wash them immediately,
- shower and put on clean clothes,
- use disinfectant on your door knobs, handles, keys, countertops, anything your hand holds or touches as the virus can live on paper/cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastic and hard surfaces up to 3 days.
Symptoms of COVID:
- high fever,
- shortness of breath,
- achy bones/joints,
- sore throat,
- sudden lack of taste and smell,
- less common are nausea and diarrhea.
If you have any concerns, you should contact your primary care provider immediately.
If you are having difficulty breathing or have pressure in your chest, you should call 911.
Marilee Pinkleton, CPM