PRMC doctor on coronavirus: “This is not a game”
SALISBURY, Md. – A doctor at Peninsula Regional Medical Center says they’re continuing to educate themselves as the situation with coronavirus can change hourly.
According to Dr. Chris Snyder, PRMC is seeing a rise in emergency room visits from a respiratory standpoint but that increase was expected and they are prepared to handle that. However since this virus is relatively new, health care professionals are constantly adapting and learning new things about COVID-19 every day.
“I developed an algorithm with a team of experts here at the hospital that we utilize to screen everybody, again from entry point to discharge. That algorithm is being utilized and modified almost hourly every day and we are educating educating educating on these processes,” says Dr. Chris Snyder, the Chief Quality Officer at PRMC.
Snyder says it’s best to self quarantine and practice social distancing regardless of whether you have tested positive for COVID-19 or not. You can also monitor your temperature by taking it twice a day. If your temperature is higher than 99.5 degrees, Snyder recommends you call a health care provider and go from there.
Snyder says treatment of COVID-19 depends on your doctor’s recommendations. “A lot of it depends on your presentation of what your provider determines. If you are talking strictly coronavirus and it’s a very flu like illness, it typically runs it’s course and then the quarantine for 14 days is very important.”
If you do develop symptoms Synder says it’s important to monitor them, make sure you are eating well and drinking plenty of fluids. He says you may use Tylenol for a fever but recommends staying away from anti-inflammatories like Motrin.
“Stay home. Wash your hands. Don’t go out. This is not a game and we are expecting a surge. It’s coming,” says Snyder. “The 95 Corridor, Baltimore, just look on the news. You will see the numbers. This is real and I heed the warning to everybody. We are prepared to handle a high volume hit if we need to. But we don’t want to persue that if we can stay home and prevent this, let’s stay home.”
You can also call PRMC’s information and triage line at 410-912-6889.