June 17, 2020 By Mike Griffin
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
COVID19 Patient Information Update for MERSI Eye Center and OIUF
Under Governor Baker’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines for Massachusetts, medical practices are now able to provide all care, including routine appointments. MERSI has remained open throughout the pandemic, treating our essential patients with great success.
We have implemented the following prevention guidelines so you can feel comfortable and safe resuming your care at MERSI:
We continue the recommendations for those of you on immunomodulatory therapy:
We recommend you always be vigilant about practicing universal precautions to prevent getting ill (see below). The flu is a concern each year, which is why we recommend and encourage you to get the flu shot. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a viral infection like the flu, but caused by a different virus. The coronavirus causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, loss of taste and smell, and in more severe cases, pneumonia. The new coronavirus like the flu spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
Practices to Protect Yourself:
Of note, If you develop any illness, infection, or fever of 99 degrees F or > or if you have been exposed to a high risk person for Covid 19 or Flu; please notify your doctor immediately and hold your immunosuppressive therapy medication immediately. Specifically, if you have a fever of 101° Fahrenheit (38.3° Celsius), with or without chills, call your doctor immediately. If you cannot reach your doctor, go to an emergency room.
In general, when you are healthy your risk for contracting an illness lessens so we recommend 8 hours of sleep, good hydration (8-10 glasses of noncaffeinated fluid a day), a multivitamin daily, and exercise if possible 3 times a week. We also recommend smoking cessation if applicable to you.
Mersi Providers and Nursing Staff
****As a reminder if you are sick or have returned from travel or been exposed to someone from who had traveled or is high-risk for contracting the Covid 19 virus to reschedule your appointments.***