COVID-19 SCREENING DETAILS
WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infection, caused by a virus called coronavirus. unlike bacterial infections such as strep throat, THERE ARE NO ANTIBIOTICS TO TREAT IT. TREATMENT CONSISTS OF WHAT WE CALL “SUPPORTIVE TREATMENT”; THAT IS, WE CAN GIVE MEDICATIONS TO HELP WITH SYMPTOMS ONLY. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, YOU CAN TAKE TYLENOL OR ADVIL, IF YOU HAVE A COUGH, YOU CAN USE A COUGH SYRUP TO HELP RELIEVE IT.
FORTUNATELY, THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WILL HAVE A MILD COLD OR FLU-LIKE ILLNESS, HOWEVER SOME PEOPLE ARE MORE AT RISK OF SEVERE DISEASE AND COMPLICATIONS:
- patients with Heart Disease
- patients with Lung Disease
- cancer patients
- any underlying illness that weakens your immune system
WHO WARRANTS CLOSE SCREENING?
1) ANYONE With any symptoms of the flu like illness [cough fever sore throat runny nose stuffy nose] and has returned from travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days.
2.) ANYONE who has any symptoms of a flu-like illness who has had close contact with someone else who has a flu-like illness AND has returned from travel from outside Canada within 14 days
3.) Public Health is recommending that anyone returning from travel should Self-Isolate at home for 14days
4.) Anyone who has No Symptoms, but has been in contact with a presumed/probable confirmed case of COVID
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
If you’re having difficulty breathing: VISIT AN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OR CALL 9-11 IMMEDIATELY. If possible, keep yourself isolated (learn how) and advise the facility or staff in advance of the circumstances to ensure your care providers take appropriate precautions.
If you’re breathing fine: please don’t schedule an appointment or walk-in normally. To repeat, THERE ARE NO ANTIBIOTICS FOR THIS VIRUS, and PULSE URGENT CARE IS UNABLE TO TEST for COVID-19. The BEST action you can take is to SELF-ISOLATE YOURSELF IF POSSIBLE IN THE MEANTIME (learn how), attend your local COVID ASSESSMENT CENTRE in Brampton that would be Peel Memorial COVID ASSESSMENT CENTRE.location: 20 Lynch Street, Brampton, ON – Hours: 7 days a week, 10am-8pm Or, contact your local public health unit
You can find your local public health unit by calling Service Ontario at 1-866-532-3161 or visiting the Ministry of Health’s public health unit locator tool at www.phdapps.health.gov.on.ca/PHUlocator
You can also access up to date information on 2019-nCoV on the Ontario Ministry of Health’s website:
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER DELAYING THEIR APPOINTMENT?
If you’ve returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada within the last 14 days, but have no symptoms. We have infants, seniors, and immuno-compromised individuals who attend our clinic, so minimizing their risk of exposure is preferred.
For existing family practice patients, please contact us if you need prescription refills, and we will work with you to ensure you have your medications. If you do have a more urgent medical need, please call us and we will try to assess and assist you.
If you’re not an existing Pulse Urgent Care patient, please contact your existing family physician if possible.
WHO CAN SCHEDULE NORMALLY
If the above does not apply to you, you are welcome to book appointments or attend the clinic as usual
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO PROTECT OUR PATIENTS, OUR COMMUNITY, AND OUR STAFF?
To date, only a small number of cases of this virus have been detected in Canada. More up to date information is available here.
To protect the health of our patients, our staff, physicians, and our community, we are implementing aggressive screening recommendations to limit the risk that patients visiting the clinic from infecting other patients or our staff or physicians.
It is a quickly evolving situation, but we are working to stay up-to-date.