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For MHD Patients

At MHD our top priority is protecting your health and well-being. You or a loved one may recently have been contacted to schedule a home visit from an MHD physician or nurse practitioner working at the direction of your health plan. This visit, for which you had qualified before the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (the virus that causes COVID-19), is a regular part of your plan’s efforts to keep you healthy and independent at home.

 

During this time of uncertainty, we at MHD are taking extra precautions to ensure your safety and that of your provider. At the time you were scheduled, you may have been asked simple screening questions. Upon arrival at the house, your provider may repeat these questions. Your provider is authorized to wear protective equipment if they wish, but, following CDC guidance, we are not requiring it for the type of visit you will receive.

 

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it (Coronavirus Symptoms), please follow these steps (If you are sick) to help protect other people in your home and community.

 

FAQ’s (Please Click Here For More)

  1. What do I do if I have a serious chronic medical condition like: heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease? If You Are High-Risk

  2. Do MHD clinicians provide a test for COVID-19? No, because of guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), currently only specified clinical and public health labs can conduct tests for COVID-19.

  3. But I heard there is a test that doctors can provide. Yes, there is. However, as of now, the CDC requires that all COVID-19 tests are conducted by specified clinical and public health labs. We will notify you of any changes to these rules that enable MHD to conduct COVID-19 testing.

  4. What are the symptoms of Coronavirus? Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms

  5. Where can I get tested for Coronavirus if I have symptoms? If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as high fever or shortness of breath, call 911 immediately. If you think you might have COVID-19 and have mild or no symptoms, please let us know and we will carry out a remote house call. A remote house call is an MHD physician talking with you by video chat via the MHD Telehealth system to help determine your risk level for COVID-19.

  6. If I have symptoms, does it mean I definitely have Coronavirus? No. These symptoms can occur because of a common cold, flu, or other health issues. But, they can also be COVID-19.

  7. What do I do if I have the Coronavirus? There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. Self-isolate and stay away from people, including family and friends. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Additional Q&A from the WHO

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