COVID-19 ALERT: Important Updates and Information for Patients

Coronavirus Information and Updates

April 1, 2020

Coping with Coronavirus Concern

With COVID-19 in the news every day, it’s only natural to have some anxiety. This is especially true since so much about the virus is unknown right now. Anxiety is understandably high as we learn more about the global spread of this disease. Here are some tools to help manage the fear you may feel.

Focus on what you have control over

A good way to manage any kind of fear is to become educated about it. The more we know about the real dangers, the more we can take effective steps to avoid or minimize them and put some fears to rest. Accurate information is an effective antidote to unrealistic fears.


Resources for up-to-date medical information and advice about coronavirus:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Monitor your exposure to the news

Media news coverage can arouse emotion and increase fear. It’s important to get the facts, but it may not be helpful to hear the same reports over and over. Be aware of how you and family members respond to news stories. Limit television or online coverage if it becomes distressing.

 

Understand your risk

The term ‘pandemic’ can be very scary. It’s a medical term that means cases of a new disease are showing up around the world and may spread rapidly because people don’t have immunity. Practice good health habits to reduce your risk, such as washing hands frequently. Your level of fear should not exceed your risk factors.

 

Take a break from the fears

Find ways to shift your focus away from stressful thoughts. Spend time doing things you enjoy that help you feel calm and balanced. If children are fearful, give them honest information at a level they can understand. You don’t need to explain everything about the virus and risk. Give them only as much information as they request. Encourage family members to talk about any stressful thoughts and feelings they may be experiencing. Listen to their concerns and reassure them.

 

We have to walk a fine line between awareness and fear. Try to keep your thoughts in sync with what is actually happening, not what your worst fears may be. Please know we are working diligently to understand the risks of COVID-19 and keeping our patients safe.

 

Please be well.
Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FACS, FAANS, FAHA

 


 

March 24, 2020

The health and safety of our patients is of the utmost importance to Global Neurosciences Institute (GNI). One of the best things about being a heath care provider is caring for others. We are here for you. Your trust in our care means a great deal to us, and for that we are truly grateful.

GNI is working hard to ensure we are keeping our patients, families, and staff safe and healthy as per the CDC guidelines during this unprecedented time in history.

COVID-19 What You Need To Know 

Stay Safe. Protect Yourself.

You can prevent your chances of contracting COVID-19 by taking these steps:

  • Wash hands liberally with soap and water for 20 seconds or more.
  • If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Please stay home. Limit contact with others and be smart about travel.
  • If you have to go out, maintain personal space with 6 feet of distancing.
  • Don't Panic. Stay Informed:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Pennsylvania Department of Health | Hotline: 1-877-724-3258
New Jersey Department of Health | Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
For General COVID-19 Questions | Call: 2-1-1

 

Symptoms to Monitor

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches or fatigue

If you believe you have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 or are exhibiting mild symptoms, please do not go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center seeking testing. Please contact your primary healthcare provider. Your doctor will determine your need for testing and treatment depending on the severity of the situation.

If you are experiencing a severe medical emergency, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, immediately call 9-1-1.

Thank you for remaining thoughtfully engaged with GNI as our world takes precautions for COVID-19. Courage is forged from the same source as fear, and during these past few days we are reminded the resilience within us all as we face this time of unforeseen difficulty.

Please be well.

Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FACS, FAANS, FAHA
President and CEO of Global Neurosciences Institute