I appreciate the new patients coming into the practice. Welcome and thank you to both the Wedge for Health Freedom and Samaritan Ministries and other faith-based medi-share programs for redirecting patients here. I look forward to working with you for cost effective better medical care and better health.
I even hesitate to do this as the information and recommendations are changing almost hourly on this pandemic. During this heightened period of time, I felt it was important to reassure my patients that I am committed to delivering the best and most effective care for them during this time.
First I would like all to realize while this appears to be a highly contagious infection, it is not very virulent other than in the elderly and those with significant underlying medical co-morbidities. Unlike other pandemics in the past, this is NOT dangerous to pediatric patients with NO deaths occurring due to COVID 19 in patients under 30 years of age in Minnesota.
Symptoms are very general with fever, shortness of breath, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and cough. Similar to many other viral illnesses.
Recommendations for testing and other general information are availble at the following site:
Here in Minnesota our most recent numbers show a total positive of 17,000 cases as of 5/18/2019 (0.3% of the state's population) and 748 deaths (0.013% of the state's population). It is clear that this is dangerous to the elderly, particularly those institutionalized but has not shown any increased virulence in people under the age of 40. It is important to keep this in perspective and realize at Orono Family Medicine, we are open for business and are following recommended protocols for avoidance of infection. Please contact me if you are in need of either routine or urgent medical care.
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