• Information on Coronavirus

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

    As we work together to lessen the impact of COVID-19, we’re committed to getting you the most important and updated information. Because we’re learning more about COVID-19 every day, these FAQs are evolving, and items will be added and updated as new questions and answers emerge.

     

  • Last updated at 12:50 pm Friday, May 15, 2020.


  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary care provider to see if further screening is necessary. By calling in advance, your provider can take your health history over the phone and determine if you require testing. In most cases, self-isolation at home is the best way to manage COVID-19 symptoms.

    If you do not have a primary care provider, call CareConnectNow to discuss your symptoms with a medical professional. CareConnectNow offers virtual visits for many conditions where you would seek urgent care.

     

    The CDC has identified a number of emergency warning signs that require immediate medical attention.

    If you are experiencing these warning signs or have other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you, go to the Emergency Department. 

    In line with other measures taken to protect our staff and patients, and limit the transmission of COVID-19, until further notice we are limiting all outpatient in-office appointments to urgent patients requiring a physical exam. We’ll shift all other routine visits to telemedicine visits or we’ll reschedule. Offices will remain open to staff, but not the public. This way we can continue to receive calls, meet the needs of patients and providers, and answer all requests and messages from patient portals.

    If you have an in-person appointment and you have respiratory symptoms – such as a cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, or fever – we ask that you cancel or postpone your specialist appointment unless it is absolutely essential. 

    We are limiting surgeries and procedures to emergencies or urgent cases only. This measure is in effect until further notice. We are contacting patients directly to notify them and reschedule, as appropriate.

    We are prepared and ready to care for patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Our clinical teams are trained on how to identify, isolate and care for patients with this and other contagious illnesses. We have protocols and systems in place to keep patients, visitors and health care workers safe, and we work closely with the CDC and local and state departments of health to implement their guidance into our established protocols.

    Please check with the Maryland State Department of Health and your local department of health for the latest information and alerts.

    To further minimize community spread of COVID-19, we are not permitting visitors for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. For those patients, we will work to set up other means of communication for loved ones – FaceTime, phone calls, etc.

    If you are a high-risk individual, there are several precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 exposure. 

    Yes. Support persons are able to accompany, visit and stay in the hospital with patients with disabilities. The support persons are defined as those who are legally authorized to make decisions for the patient, family members, personal care assistants, or disability service providers. Any support persons who meet this criteria will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and will not be able to stay if symptomatic – as consistent with our current visitor restrictions policy.

    Yes, our visitor restrictions are in place for the safety of patients, visitors and staff, including parents-to-be. We continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and the Department of Health. Check out these frequently asked questions about giving birth during this pandemic, and our answers.

    As with many other things, your immune system changes during pregnancy. This is normal, but it can increase your risk for contracting viruses and developing complications. Unfortunately, little is known about COVID-19’s effect on pregnant women and infants. Based on experiences from other coronaviruses, pregnant women may be at higher risk than others of severe illness.

    It is important to understand that, so far, COVID-19 has not been detected in either amniotic fluid or breast milk. However, it is too early to determine long-term effects on infants born to women who had COVID-19 during their pregnancy.

    It is unknown if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her baby through pregnancy and delivery. According to the CDC, there have been a small number of infants who tested positive shortly after birth. It is not clear if the babies got the virus before or after birth. 

    For the health and safety of our patients, staff and community, AAMC’s Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is cancelled until further notice. For updates, please call 443-481-1929.

    It’s natural to be afraid and anxious during this uncertain time. The CDC offers several suggestions for stress and coping. Our Living Healthier Together blog offers articles that may help, including this one on “Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Time of Uncertainty.”

    Since most people with COVID-19 will have mild illness and will recover at home, it’s important for caregivers to know how to best handle their care

    COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and has now been detected in more than 170 countries.

    COVID-19 has similar symptoms to the flu, which include coughing, fever and difficulty breathing.

    This is an emerging and evolving situation. For the most updated guidance, symptoms and information, visit the CDC website.

    COVID-19 is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with each other (within six feet), mainly through respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes. According to the CDC, there have not been documented cases of transmission of COVID-19 from surfaces contaminated with the virus. However, the CDC recommends cleaning visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection to help prevent COVID-19 and other viruses in homes and community settings.

    The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults, though children who have tested positive have generally exhibited milder symptoms. The CDC says it’s unknown whether children with underlying medical conditions and special health care needs might be at higher risk, however.