How does COVID-19 spread and what are the symptoms?
COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. To become infected, you must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. It is possible to contract COVID-19 by touching surfaces or objects that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Symptoms of COVID-19 appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
To reference a factsheet developed by the CDC on COVID-19, click here.
How long does it take for symptoms of COVID-19 to appear?
The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure. To be cautious, many governments are requiring an isolation period of 14 days after returning from endemic areas.
How is COVID-19 treated?
There is currently no FDA approved medication for COVID-19. Those infected with COVID-19 should receive rest, fluids and fever control to help relieve symptoms. In severe cases, treatment includes care to support vital organ functions.
What preventative actions can I take to best protect myself?
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for at least 15-20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with anyone who may be sick.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Put distance between yourself and other people.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Use standard household cleansers and wipes to effectively clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking daily preventative actions to stop the spread of germs, taking flu antivirals when prescribed, and as outlined on this CDC website.
Should I wear a face mask? Will that help protect me?
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
- If you are sick, wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth
- You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people or animals, including pets (even at home).
- You don’t need to wear the cloth face covering if you are alone. If you can’t put on a cloth face covering (because of trouble breathing for example), cover your coughs and sneezes in some other way. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people around you.
For more details and a tutorial on making a cloth face covering, please click here.
How can I get help with my medical bills during COVID-19?
For information about obtaining help with your medical bills during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit and review this document. Thanks!
What is telehealth? What should I expect?
A telehealth appointment is an opportunity to have a visit with your known and trusted provider for convenient and comprehensive care that is currently covered by most insurance companies. Once you make a telehealth appointment, you should expect to receive emails for detailed telehealth application download and sign-on instructions so that you may have your visit using your mobile device or desktop computer. You and your provider will connect via real-time audio and video, so you will be able to hear and see each other.
What kind of urogynecology complaints can potentially be treated with a telehealth visit?
Several urogynecological complaints can be successfully completed through a telehealth visit with your healthcare provider. Please call our office directly to see if your medical needs can be met through a telehealth visit. Some typical conditions that are potentially appropriate for a telehealth visit are the following:
- Uncomplicated urinary tract infections and many urinary symptoms
- Pelvic pain
- Follow-up after an uncomplicated surgery or procedure
- Follow-up on lab and imaging results
- Prescription refills and follow-up visits
- Menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats or vaginal dryness and painful intercourse)
- Vaginits symptoms (vaginal discharge, itching and pain)
Is my telehealth visit covered by insurance?
Often times, your telehealth will be covered by your insurance. Most insurance companies have amended coverage policies due to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. Please contact your health insurance provider to learn more.
I have an in-office appointment and am concerned about COVID-19. What should I do?
Necessary precautions are being taken on behalf of our patients, visitors and caregivers. We are following CDC guidelines to limit the number of visits to our office by offering telehealth visits. However, some patient needs may require an in-office appointment.
If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or are otherwise concerned that you may have COVID-19, we ask that you do not come to our office. We will reschedule your appointment and no cancellation fees will be applied. We ask that you have a clinical evaluation to see if you meet CDC guidelines for testing for COVID-19 based on symptoms, travel and exposures.