- Fever >100.4°F
- Shortness of Breath
It is unlikely you have Coronavirus unless you have traveled to an affected area or have had contact with a person infected with Coronavirus. Unless you have these risk factors, it is more likely that you have a different viral infection.
Yes, we can test for Coronavirus under certain criteria. The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygeine has requested that influenza and strep throat be ruled out before ordering a Coronavirus test. Tests are also being prioritized for hospitalized patients and vulnerable populations. Please call our office if you have concerns or need more information.
Most healthy people that get Coronavirus have mild symptoms and recover just fine with rest and supportive care at home. Populations that are especially vulnerable include:
- Elderly people 65 and older
- People with other health conditions including lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes
- Those that are immunocompromised
If you fit into one of these categories, you may want to consider self-quarantine in order to minimize your risk of exposure. Please call our office if you have concerns or need more information.
Healthy women with low-risk pregnancies do not appear to have a greater risk of getting Coronavirus than anyone else. There is also no current evidence that babies can contract the virus in utero or that it is transmitted through breast milk.
Healthy infants and children do not appear any more vulnerable than healthy adults. However, it is still important to help your kids take basic precautions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Coronavirus is spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Clean your hands often with soap and warm water or hand sanitizing gel
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm
- Wear a face mask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- Avoid non-essential travel
Footprints in Time will remain open to provide family practice services and midwifery care. We are taking the following additional precautions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus:
- Allowing for social distancing by spacing out appointments and limiting your time spent in the lobby is a long-standing policy of ours that we will continue to practice.
- Our staff are taking necessary precautions to prevent themselves from getting sick.
- We have increased our disinfection practices beyond our normal requirements.
- We have removed “communal” items from the lobby such as toys to prevent the spread of illness.
If you are still concerned about coming to your appointment, we have various accommodations to offer including telehealth.