Women’s Wellness Center has implemented social distancing and additional safety protocols to better serve gynecological patients.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Updates and Information
As Massachusetts has begun to see initial evidence of community spread of COVID-19, Women’s Wellness Center has initiated measures to protect our patients and staff, while continuing to care for our patients’ needs.
OUR OFFICE IS CURRENTLY STILL OPEN
Current information about COVID-19 stresses the importance of limiting contact between people in an effort to blunt the spread of the virus. To limit contact, we are reducing the number or visits, as well as spacing visits. Our goal is to not have more than one patient in the office at any given time. For this reason, if you have an upcoming appointment, we may reach out to you to reschedule. If you have a non-urgent or elective visit and would like to reschedule, please feel free to contact us as we are here to accommodate your needs.
***If you, a family member or someone close to you, have traveled to an area with widespread transmission of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or if you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, please contact the practice prior to arriving for any care at our office. Please see the CDC website for the list of areas of widespread COVID-19 transmission which is updated frequently.***
RESTRICTED VISITOR POLICY
To protect the health of our patients and staff we are temporarily restricting visitors to our practice unless medically, emotionally or legally necessary (such as a parent or legal guardian for patients under the age of 18).
Should I wear a face mask if I am healthy to prevent catching COVID-19?
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is recommended for health workers and other people who are taking direct care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings. Most often respiratory viruses are spread from person-to-person in close contact or within six feet of each other. As a healthy person, the best way to protect yourself and your community is with everyday preventative actions, like staying home when you are sick, washing hands often with soap and water, disinfecting surfaces and avoiding people who have symptoms. These actions will help minimize and slow the spread of the respiratory illness in the community.
What can be done to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
Consistent hand hygiene and cough etiquette are the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19. We strongly recommend the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- When coughing or sneezing, always cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue. Wash your hands after every time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who have a fever or cough
- Stay home when you are feeling sick.
At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and what is the severity of illness?
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of the new coronavirus may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 after exposure, and on average about 5 days. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Body aches and pains
Reported COVID-19 illness has ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death.
Where can I get the latest information about COVID-19?
Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions or concerns at (617) 326-3232.
Sandra Fleming, MD