Your health and safety is our top priority.
While there have been no cases of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Minnesota, we are enhancing our protocols and screening anyone who visits our clinics to identify if they have traveled in the last 14 days to an area considered to have sustained community or widespread transmission such as China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea.
If you visit our office, you will be asked screening questions during your visit. While we know this may cause some disruption, we must do all we can to keep our patients and our staff.
Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough and respiratory difficulty.
Please notify your healthcare provider if:
- You have traveled to China or outside of the country within the last 14 days; or
- You have had close contact with a person who has traveled outside of the country who acquired a known illness; or
- You are experiencing a fever, respiratory illness, or other symptoms associated with the travel outside of the country
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- 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.
- 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.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
Plastic Surgery Consultants will continue to closely monitor this global health advisory and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).