1. Option for tele-medicine for all appropriate visits: doxy.me/drscala . This can be used on your cell phone or computer. You will need to call for an appointment, and we will schedule a time to talk to Dr. Scala on a video conference call. This is a HIPAA compliant secure medical video conference. No information is recorded or stored on any computer server. Dr. Scala will manually enter the visit in the electronic medical record at the office. Please note for the video call you will have to allow the program to access your microphone and camera.
1. The coronovirus family of RNA viruses in humans cause the common cold.
2. The majority of people exposed to COVID-19 will have a common cold, or a mild febrile upper respiratory illness.
3. Children have the lowest risk and mildest infections. As of July 28, 2020 only 3 fatalities have occurred in Colorado for individuals less than 19 years of age.
4. Data in the United States show less than 1% of hospitalized cases are < 19 years old.
5. The highest risk is men over 65 years old, and people with chronic illness, specifically lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and immune system issues.
6. Symptoms are cough, fever and shortness of breath, and numerous less common symptoms as listed on the CDC website (and constantly changing).
7. If you feel sick, but are breathing well and drinking fluids, the best thing to do is to STAY AT HOME.
8. Washing hands well (20 SECONDS – PALMS, BACKS OF HANDS, NAILS), and not touching your face are very helpful in preventing illness.
9. Slowing the spread of the virus is basically to prevent the HEALTHCARE system from becoming overwhelmed. There is a limited number of doctor office visits and beds at the hospital.
10. Wearing a mask helps slow the spread of COVID-19 (and most other respiratory viruses).
11. Do NOT go to the ER for COVID testing, unless you are having serious symptoms (difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc).
12. To protect the vulnerable and elderly in our communities, it is YOUR responsibility to isolate yourself if you are sick. The majority of people will get better at home. 14-day self-quarantine is recommended for anyone who is sick (fever, cough, etc) or anyone exposed to a known positive case of COVID-19.
13. Please be reasonable and respectful to protect the health of our community and allocate resources efficiently.