Internal Medicine and COVID-19: What You Should Know

The goal of internal medicine is to prevent, diagnose, and treat internal diseases and keep you healthy using the latest scientific information and clinical expertise. This includes a spectrum of diseases that affect adults. 

As we navigate through the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, building a collaborative bond with your internal medicine provider is more vital than ever. As we learn more about COVID-19, recommendations may change. 

By staying abreast of evolving developments, you can stay healthy and reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. At Sure Medical Care, located in Elmhurst, New York, our board-certified team of providers want to keep you as healthy as possible during COVID-19 and beyond. 

As states gradually reopen, it’s important to do everything possible to keep yourself and the community safe. As one of the hardest hit states, New York remains behind many states in reopening. And while New York City is transitioning through the reopening phases, it’s even more important to increase awareness about how to stay healthy during this evolving pandemic.

Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Staying home when you’re feeling unwell is the best way to protect others and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Signs to look for include: 

If you notice warning signs, contact our office to discuss your symptoms.

Know your risk

Based on currently available data, certain groups of people are more at risk of serious complications of COVID-19. Factors that increase your risk include:

People at a higher risk of complications should remain home as much as possible, and only go out when absolutely necessary. 

Do I need to be tested for COVID-19?

Testing plays a key role in treating and isolating people infected with COVID-19. There are two tests available for the virus. A viral test tells you if you are currently infected. An antibody test indicates whether you’ve had an infection previously.

Recommendations on who should get tested are evolving. It’s important for people who have symptoms to get tested. If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, contact Sure Medical Care to discuss testing. 

The New York State Department of Health has developed criteria for who should be tested for COVID-19. Keep in mind that this criteria may change as new information becomes available. Physicians follow this criteria when making a determination on who should be tested. 

To find out if you meet this criteria, your doctor asks you a series of questions. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and can recover at home without the need for testing.

Protecting yourself

Close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 is by far the greatest risk factor for getting the virus. You get COVID-19 when droplets from an infected person enter your body, usually through inhalation. You can also get it from touching an infected surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, but the risk of transmission in this manner is low. 

Whether you’re at an increased risk or not, staying home as much as possible is the best way to lower the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19. Additional precautions include:

Staying healthy 

As New York transitions through reopening phases, the state remains on a stay-home order as certain industry sectors gradually open under modified restrictions. If you have health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma, it’s crucial to continue your regular regimen to manage your condition at home.

Here are some tips from our team:

Collaborating with a health care provider can help you stay healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is just a phone call away. To ensure that you remain as healthy as possible, call our office today or request an appointment online.

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