To Our Patients and El Paso Community
If you’ve been watching the news, you’re probably already aware that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States is growing, and that the city of El Paso already has 2 confirmed cases. As a precautionary measure, we’d like to offer some recommendations and information about coronavirus, as it relates to your care. Please read through the following FAQ and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Am I at risk?
The statistics are changing on a day-to-day basis, but here is what we know as of March 16, 2020.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered the following advice:
If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading or have not travelled from an area where COVID-19 is spreading or have not been in contact with an infected patient, your risk of infection is low.
Like other viruses, COVID-19 cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds; exposure to the disease itself is the greatest risk factor associated with contracting it.
However, if you are over the age of 60 or have an underlying health condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, cancer, or are immunocompromised, you should contact your doctor if you or anyone in your direct circle of contacts develop symptoms, even if they are mild. Your physician will be able to help you differentiate symptoms from other illnesses and determine if you should be tested.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of coronavirus include:
- Dry Coughing
- Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we ask that you contact your primary care physician for further advice. In the meantime, as a courtesy to your therapist, our clinic staff, and your fellow patients, please do not come into the clinic at this time. Instead, please contact us to reschedule your future appointments—even if it’s last-minute—by calling 915-584-5683.
I’m only feeling a little sick. What should I do?
While it may be tempting to come in for your treatment if you “just have a cough,” we do ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling at all sick. In the meantime (and if your strength allows), continue with your prescribed home exercise program, and reach out to your therapist via phone or email if you have any questions.
For a helpful set of recommendations on how to keep yourself and others protected from COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases year-round, follow this link:
We appreciate your willingness to help us with this matter.
Our facility is taking extra precautionary measures regarding hygiene and cleaning protocols for our patients and our staff. Our clinic will be open and resume as normal in order continue the progress of our patient’s individual physical therapy needs.
Wishing you good health,