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Doctors Urge Common Sense, Caution in Response to Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 - Posted in Health by John Lewis

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina have spent much of their time in the past few weeks reminding people to use common sense, and not to panic. “If you think you are sick, the best thing to do is to stay home,” says Dr. Amanda Parks, an infectious disease specialist at MUSC.

“For something like a respiratory virus, generally, what we’re going to do in the office or the ER is the same thing you’re going to do at home, which is supportive care.”

If you do experience symptoms that aren’t strong enough to warrant a trip to the hospital, Dr. Parks recommends using an online telehealth platform to receive care.

“Telehealth is an extremely logical solution to a public health concern like this. We’re talking about a highly communicable disease, it’s highly transmissible,” Dr. Parks said. “The beauty of telehealth…is that we can remove that element of transmissibility through close contact by seeing to patients remotely.”

In the meantime, Dr. Parks says the most important thing is to use common sense, and wash your hands.

Get online care now by accessing the following providers:

Medical University of South Carolina - Use the code “COVID19” at the payment screen to get a free screening.

Prisma Health- Get a free virtual visit with promo code COVID19.

McLeod Health - Type in the code: COVID19 for Free Telehealth Screening.

 

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