We at Reservoir Medical Associates are here to help with all of your healthcare needs. COVID-19 has placed the medical community and the nation in a unique situation, and we are here to take care of you in this unprecedented time. You can always reach us or an on-call doctor by calling our office phone number: 617-661-4600.
Stay healthy, and let’s give each other as much loving support as possible.
Keeping Yourself And Your Community Healthy
The best way to keep yourself and those around you healthy is:
- Stay Home. As of Tuesday, March 24th at noon, all non-essential businesses will be closed in Massachusetts. If you’re able to, please stay at home except to get food, medicine, or other essentials.
- Practice Social Distancing. If you do need to go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Wash Your Hands. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Avoid Touching Your Face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If You Are Feeling Ill
The vast majority of people who get the corona virus will have a relatively mild illness. So, unless you are feeling very ill, please remain at home and contact us via phone. We will work together on the phone to help you create a plan of action.
The main symptoms of corona virus are very similar to the flu: fever, dry cough, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, nausea, and diarrhea. Not everyone who is infected get the same symptoms, but fever, cough and fatigue are the most common. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, contact us immediately or call 911.
Currently in Massachusetts, the tests are limited and the capacity to safely perform them is as well. Consequently, the criteria for being tested are also very restrictive.
If you’re feeling ill, please call the office by phone (617-661-4600). Do not come to the office. We’ll do an initial telehealth visit (talk to you via phone) to assess your symptoms. If appropriate, we’ll be able to assist you in getting further care or testing.
Healthy Coping and Reducing Stress
We know that this is a stressful time for all of us. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
The CDC has some great tips for how to support yourself and others around you.
Things you can do to support yourself
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Give our office a call if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. If you have a behavioral health provider, you can also give them a call to see if they can schedule a telehealth visit. Telehealth is a virtual therapy session. Many providers are now offering this option.