What can you expect if you need to be tested for COVID-19? What's the process like? Is it painful? How long does it take? Where do you go? Two experts from Affinity Health Center, Executive Director Anita Case, and Medical Director Dr. Craig Charles, joined me on May 1st to discuss the testing process. You can view this discussion above or click here to watch on YouTube.
SC DHEC now has a page for those in South Carolina to find a COVID-19 testing location. Click the button below to find a facility near you. (Each facility has specific instructions for assessment and testing, so please read the notes carefully if you need to be tested.)
Is depression and anxiety on the rise as our nation battles COVID-19? What should we be aware of, and what are the warning signs we should know about? Dr. Connie Guille, a psychiatrist and Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, joined me on May 1st to help answers these questions and more. You can view this discussion above or click here to watch on YouTube.
Dr. Guille mentioned several resources during this program. Links to those can be found below:
My weekly forums, which are simulcast on radio, television and online, have reached hundreds of thousands of our neighbors with important information related to COVID-19. Joining me to provide a medical update on this pandemic on Friday, April 24th were:
Dr. Arash Poursina, who is Board-Certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine. Dr. Poursina is with Infectious Disease Specialists of Piedmont
Dr. Michael Kacka, an Epidemiologist and Medical Consultant for SC DHEC
Dr. Anand Shah, Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
This program featured a variety of excellent questions about the current state of COVID-19, and our how nation should move forward from a healthcare prospective. You can replay this program above or click here to watch on YouTube.
When to Talk With a Healthcare Provider
The Center for Disease Control recommends you contact a healthcare provider if either: (A) you have a fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, or (B) you have at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste, or new loss of smell. Click here for additional information from the CDC.
It is best to make initial contact with your healthcare provider by phone. If you do not have a healthcare provider or primary care physician, the Medical University of South Carolina and other healthcare providers are offering no-cost virtual screenings. Click here for more information.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family
Because the greatest risk of catching this virus comes from exposure to others., you should avoid being in places with larger groups of people. The best way to prevent being infected is to exercise rigid hygiene. This includes, but is not limited to:
Washing hands frequently
Cover sneezes and coughs
Stay home when you are ill
Avoiding others who are sick
SafeHome.org has an excellent guide to keeping your home disinfected and clean. Click here to learn more. It is important to stay stocked on all necessary medications and prescriptions, and have a plan for if someone in your own home is infected.