COVID-19 update and information
March 17, 2020
At Southside Pain Specialists, we have taken every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and patients. If you have an appointment, you should feel safe about keeping it. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), please contact your healthcare provider and do not come in for your appointment. To reschedule your appointment, please call (205) 332-3155.
Below, we discuss the symptoms of COVID-19 and the precautions you should take to protect yourself and others.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. To learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes, may be at higher risk for developing serious complications. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. These signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This is not an exhaustive list. Consult your physician for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Protect yourself and others
There is not a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best way to prevent the spread of this illness is to avoid being exposed or exposing other people to the virus. COVID-19 mainly spreads between people who come into close contact with each other through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Steps to protect yourself include:
- Clean your hands often (wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds), especially after going out in public spaces or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If you don’t have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and cover all surfaces of your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Steps to protect others if you are sick:
- Stay home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose of used tissues in the garbage.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after sneezing or coughing.
- Wear a face mask around other people.
For more information about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, please visit the CDC website. There you may also find information for what to do if you become sick and other valuable resources and information about COVID-19.
We take your safety and the safety of our staff very seriously at Southside Pain Specialists, which is why you can rest assured that we have taken every precaution to protect everyone who comes to our clinic. If you have more questions about what we have done and continue to do to prepare for COVID-19, you may contact us at (205) 881-0127.