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How Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Could Impact Your Care

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Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists (VCS) is focused on keeping our patients and staff safe. We are carefully monitoring updates and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health. We recognize that there is a lot of information out there on COVID-19 and we want to share what we know and how it could impact your upcoming visit.

Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause the common cold. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is part of that same family of viruses, but is a new strain and can cause severe infections of the lungs and airways.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms range from mild to severe but typically appear between 2 to 14 days after infection and include fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Some patients experience fatigue, muscle aches, sore throats, and/or headaches before the onset of the fever, cough, and shortness of breath typically associated with COVID-19.

What can I do to protect myself?

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. This is one of the best ways to protect you and your loved ones from the spread of germs. Don’t forget to clean the ‘webs’ between fingers and thumbs.
  • Use hand sanitizers as an alternative to soap and water. However, remember that water and soap are still more effective at killing germs.
  • Minimize touching your face, particularly your eyes or nose, with your hands.
  • When you are sick avoid contacting others to help reduce the spread — stay home.
  • Sneezing into tissues or your elbow are great ways to minimize the spread of germs. Always wash your hands with soap and water after you sneeze.
  • Unless you are in the healthcare profession or caring for an ill family member or friend, always try to avoid others who are sick.

How can I stay up to date with what is going on with coronavirus?

The Center for Disease and Prevention is keeping a close eye on the progression of coronavirus not only in the US but also globally.

How Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Potentially Impact Your Care

Please note at this time we are only allowing patient and one family member to attend visits. Please do not bring children as we are focused on protecting are patients and staff.

Annual Routine Visit with VCS

Should I reschedule my visit if I am ill or have had exposure to COVID-19?

YES, please cancel your appointment and reschedule for a later date. You may use our automated appointment reminder system to cancel your appointment. Routine care and screenings can wait until after you’re feeling better and symptom-free for 14 days without the use of medications for fever, cough, etc.

Do I need to have my annual visit to refill a prescription?

Please call 804.288.4827 or utilize our secure patient portal to speak to a nurse for triage. We may be able to refill your prescription remotely.

Acute Cardiac Problems

If you are experiencing active chest pain please dial 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

The Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 situation is changing, rapidly.

VCS is committed to reviewing the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) so that we can provide the best possible care, safely, to you and all of our patients.

Published March 12, 2020

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