Panzix Global HR Solutions, LLC is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (the 2019 Novel coronavirus) and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities to protect patients and staff. The risk of COVID-19 remains low in Massachusetts and in the United States.
What should I do if I don’t feel well and have concerns that I have been exposed to COVID-19?
If you are experiencing a serious respiratory illness with fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. While these symptoms are likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses, your provider will work to determine your risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus and will consult with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If the decision is made to test you for COVID-19, your provider will give you instructions on where and when testing can be arranged. BMC continues to follow guidance from DPH and the CDC on testing for COVID-19.
What should I do if I have been exposed to a person with known COVID-19, but I don’t have any symptoms?
If you have a known exposure, you should stay at home and limit your contacts for 14 days from the exposure. As long as you have a mild illness (which most people with COVID-19 do), you can stay at home. If your symptoms worsen, you should contact your health care provider.
If you have questions about COVID-19, please call your State Epidemiology line. If you live in Massachusetts, your Massachusetts State Epidemiology line is (617) 983-6800. The Boston Public Health Commission Mayor’s Healthline is 617-534-5050 or Toll-Free 1-800-847-7010.
Massachusetts Healthline Information
Massachusetts DPH: 617-983-6800
Protecting yourself against COVID-19
Prevention is the key to staying healthy. In addition to the flu vaccine:
- Cover your sneezes and coughs with your sleeve, not your hand.
- Wash your hands frequently to reduce the spread of germs. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- If you feel sick, stay home, and avoid travel.
- Avoid close contact with people with flu-like symptoms whenever possible.
What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) virus that has not previously been seen in humans. Worldwide, illnesses have ranged from mild to severe. Common symptoms of this infection, which are similar to the flu, may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
- Sore throat
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath.
COVID-19 was first detected in China and has been reported in a rapidly-growing number of countries. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the CDC’s website.