Updated again - 3/24/2020
Really, don't panic. COVID can be a serious disease, but it has killed far less people this year than the flu has (COVID around 18,000 deaths this year Flu greater than 120,000 deaths). More than 85% of people with COVID only have a runny nose, or no symptoms at all. Yes, it is not the flu, but it has very low measurable risk for each of our individual patients. COVID is very unlikely to put you or your loved ones in the hospital and even less likely yet to kill you. If you get COVID most likely you will have a runny nose and not feel great for a few days. If you do get sick, have a hard time breathing, or start getting short of breath you should be seen by a doctor, but that advice applies every year and all the time.
Should you follow the national guidelines and social distancing, yes. Do we think that many of the guidelines are excessive, yes. Do I fear that we have not considered that loss of jobs will lead to loss of insurance and ultimately loss of life as well, yes.
You can always ask us or you can see the questionnaire that the CDC put together.
We have set up virtual visits, so you can still get your care, even if you cannot come in to be seen.
In order to protect our patients we have set up a second (sick) entrance, a dedicated respiratory illness waiting area, and a dedicated respiratory illness exam room. This way we can see those who might have COVID and do the best not to give it to those who don't.
Those with respiratory illness can park on the old drive through lane and be right next to the door.
We try very hard to give evidence based advice on COVID. Click here to see a list of the studies we have used for this advice,
4580 S. Nicholson Ave.
Cudahy, WI 53110