COVID-19 UPDATES AND PRECAUTIONS

Your health and safety is our top priority. There have been no cases (COVID-19) at our facilities to date.

To ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, we continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to proactively ensure our patients and workforce remain safe and protected. Alabama Cancer Care is asking patients about their recent travel history and if they exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection, including:

  • Fever greater than 100.4º F/38º C
  • Coughing, or 
  • Shortness of breath

What patients and caregivers need to know before they arrive:

We are open for patient care. If you have fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath, contact your care team before your appointment. 

Alabama Cancer Care will be screening ( NOT TESTING) patients and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms at the entrance of all our facilities.

HOW CAN THE PUBLIC HELP:

Institutions are working together to proactively implement measures that can serve to decrease transmission of the virus and flatten the curve which aims to extend a longer time period to avoid overwhelming the capacity of the health care systems.

 

To accomplish this goal, institutions are calling on anyone visiting a hospital or any health care site to seriously consider the following:

 

  • Patients and visitors should plan ahead – Check your institutions website for specific visitor policy information.
  • If patients are not feeling well, they should contact their care team for direction before travelling to the appointment.
  • If visitors are not feeling well, they should stay home.
  • Most institutions only allow 2 visitors at a time, per patient. Visitors must be 18 or older and cannot have symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Entrances will have screening questions about recent travel, current health and possible temperature check.
  • People who do not have a critical reason to be at a medical facility should stay home.
  • The best way to prevent the spread of germs is proper hygiene and cough etiquette. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially going to the bathroom; before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

 

See below how you can help to FLATTEN THE CURVE.

DETAILED SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS

  1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
  2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
  3. With pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
  4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
  2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
  3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 Celsius. It hates the Sun.
  4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
  5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
  6. On fabric, it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
  7. liquids with ice.
  8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
  9. You should also gargle as prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
  10. Can’t emphasize enough – drink plenty of water!

TESTING

https://www.wvtm13.com/article/covid-19-testing-locations-in-central-alabama/31818857

***Please note we do not provide testing at any of our facilities***