Patient Update: October 2020
COVID-19 News with Millennium’s
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio
In This Edition:
> Phase 3 Reopening – Masks Still Required at Millennium Locations
> CDC Reverses Controversial Testing Guidance
> The Added Importance of Flu Shots This Year
Phase 3 Reopening – Masks Still Required at Millennium Locations
Although Florida is now in Phase 3 Reopening, masks are still required at Millennium locations. We will continue taking proper precautions, including disinfecting, social distancing where possible, handwashing, and mask-wearing. Thank you for your understanding!
CDC Reverses Controversial Testing Guidance
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reversed a controversial update it had made to its testing guidance back in August. The agency is now once again recommending the testing of asymptomatic patients who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
The importance of this change is significant because data seems to suggest that asymptomatic people may have as high as a 40-percent chance of spreading the virus, with the highest chance of spread likely attributed to those in the pre-symptomatic stage. However, the CDC remains firm that testing is no longer needed to clear a person with a confirmed infection.
The Added Importance of Flu Shots This Year
We say it every year, but now more than ever it is especially important to get the flu vaccine with the added challenge of differentiating between COVID-19 and typical seasonal respiratory illnesses, like influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia, and many others.
As your healthcare provider, we will use our best clinical judgment and your medical history, along with diagnostic testing such as rapid COVID-19, flu, and strep testing to diagnose any illness. The flu shot could help minimize any health complications during this pandemic.
Millennium’s Telehealth Service MPG Connect Always a Great Option
As your healthcare provider, we are advocates for your health and the overall wellbeing of the communities we serve. We not only want to keep you healthy but also bring context to the latest health news – especially regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic – so you can make the best decisions possible for you and your family during these ever-evolving times.
Alejandro Perez-Trepichio, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Millennium Physician Group
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