Maranacook Family Health Care.
Maranacook Family Health Care is located in the Big White Barn in Readfield Maine. The Big White Barn offers a variety of services such as yoga, massage, and more. Check out http://www.bigwhitebarn.me/ to learn more.
We wanted to reach out and provide a brief update on COVID 19 in Maine.
We appreciate your flexibility during this time and for communicating your concerns.
At the office:
~All nonessential visits have been postponed.
~All patients with *any* symptoms are being asked to call or email us to let us know what your symptoms are
~Several patients with moderate symptoms and fitting certain categories, have been tested – so far negative, several pending.
There have been a lot of questions about work, isolation, quarantine – we are doing our best to provide guidance but here is the key…
Social distancing continues to be recommended – this is especially critical in the upcoming weeks as there is confirmed community spread in Maine.
Testing is limited in the state and country. We know that is hard to understand, but very imporant that we save testing supplies for the highest risk categories.
Recommendations for non-tested patients with respiratory symptoms: self quarantine for 7-14 days – after 7 days, if you have 3 days are symptom free, you may be released.
There has been some evidence that Ibuprofen and all NSAIDS should be avoided if COVID 19 infection is suspected. There has been some conflicting information around this – we will continue to learn more about this and update you. Best recommendation, if you have a fever or headache, we are recommending Tylenol for now.
March 13, 2020
By now you have all most likely seen the CC guidelines regarding the coronavirus. They are attached if you want to review them. We would also like to offer the following:
- Don’t panic. Most people who get sick with the coronavirus do just fine. However people over 55 or with chronic medical conditions are at much higher risk for having severe symptoms, some may even die. The best way for healthy people to keep people with risk factors safe is not to get sick and the best way not to get sick is to stay home except for essential things like work, school, grocery shopping, etc.
- Cover your mouth, wipe things down obsessively, wash your hands, and keep your distance from others. Coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, especially from coughing and sneezing, and we think you can be contagious for up to four days before you develop symptoms.
- Call us if you’re sick so we can help decide if you’re OK to stay home, if we should come see you at home, or if you need to go to the emergency room. And by sick we mean that you have a fever greater than 100.4, a cough, a sore throat, difficulty breathing, and/or a heavy chest. It sounds strange but we’re trying to keep sick people out of the office.
- Know that not everybody who is ill needs testing. Maine doesn’t have the resources to test everyone so health care providers need to triage and offer testing to those who need it most.
- Remember that nobody caused this and that we’re all in this together. Kindness and compassion matter.
- Continue to take good care of yourself – eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of fluids, rest, exercise, go outside (but not in public places).
As always, we are available by phone, text, email, or through the portal. We are currently inundated with requests for info so please be patient with us. If you need a response by the end of the day call us.
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