“By far, your safest way to experience Fourth of July 2020 is to remain with the same squad you’ve been with since the shelter in place order began” says Lakes Urgent Care medical director Dr. Sanford Vieder. “But if you are meeting with family and friends for the first time in several months, here are key tips to keep yourself and your family safe:
Do as much socializing as possible OUTSIDE because if present, the COVID-19 virus dissipates into the environment more quickly outdoors.
LIMIT THE SIZE of your group so that the outside area permits safe social distancing. Think about the outdoor space for your party and then how many people can safely attend.
If socializing indoors, always WEAR A MASK. This is to protect you and your guests.
Consider bringing your own food, beverages and disposable plates, cups, etc. This can reduce your risk.
Bring hand sanitizer and tissues for your pocket. It’s helpful if everyone has a tissue in their pocket, just in case.
Wash your hands often and/or use hand sanitizer often.
If possible, don’t use the restroom.
Help the host wipe down all “high touch” areas with disinfectant wipes.
And of course, if you or anyone in your family has COVID-19 symptoms, please STAY HOME!
Lakes Urgent Care (W. Bloomfield /Livonia) will be open 9am-6pm on Saturday, July 4th in case you need us.
When was the last time you did an inventory of your home medicine cabinet? Since we’re still dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, now is a good time to take a look at this handy checklist of basic items and medications you should have on hand at all times:
Lakes Urgent Care medical director Dr. Sanford Vieder was a featured guest on The Megacast, West Bloomfield’s Civic Center community show. Dr. Vieder talks about what Lakes Urgent Care and hospitals are doing to provide safe screening processes that keep patients who might be exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms isolated from patients who are not exhibiting symptoms but need medical attention. Thanks to show host Dave Scott and the staff at Megacast for including Dr. Vieder on the program.
Hopefully, our shelter in place period will be over in a few weeks, and now is a good time to learn some new habits when you are out and about. This article from c|net has some specific and practical tips about what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe. https://www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/16-coronavirus-tips-how-to-help-keep-yourself-healthy-when-going-out-in-public/?__twitter_impression=true
Your exercise options may be limited right now, but you can still get a good cardio workout every day. Here’s a good article from Well+Good that describes three simple exercises you can do at home to keep moving! https://www.wellandgood.com/cardio-at-home-exercises/
If you or a family member needs medical attention, we are here for you. Visit our website for information on how we’ve created a “clean” and safe environment so that we can help with any non-COVID-19 symptoms. Thanks to our patients for the positive comments on our Facebook page about how we made them feel safe and secure. We also appreciate this article in the Farmington Voice: https://farmingtonvoice.com/local-clinics-chiropractors-relieve-emergency-room-burden/
Lakes Urgent Care, with locations in West Bloomfield and Livonia, will remain open and has instituted new policies effective immediately to establish a “clean office” so that we can continue to provide medical services and care to patients who do not have symptoms related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Prior to entering the office, all patients are now pre-screened and not allowed to enter if they have a fever, cough, sore throat, congestion, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, or any international travel history or confirmed or suspected COVID-19 exposure. Patients who exhibit these symptoms will be given instructions and guidelines at the door. Lakes Urgent Care does not have access to the COVID-19 Coronavirus test at this time.
Patients who do not exhibit these symptoms will be allowed to enter for treatment for wound care, basic burn care, eye complaints, abdominal pain (without vomiting or diarrhea), back pain, dermatologic issues, x-ray and initial fracture care, asthma and any other concerns not related to upper respiratory infections or risk of COVID-19 Coronavirus.
“Instituting these measures allows us to provide the community with essential medical care that is not related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus,” said Lakes Urgent Care medical director Dr. Sanford Vieder. “These are challenging times for everyone, and our goal is to keep Lakes Urgent Care open and provide a safe and “clean” office for all the communities we serve.”
“We recognize that many primary care offices and opportunities for routine health care are now very limited, said Vieder.” “Many patients still need health care and Lakes Urgent Care can be a resource to the communities we serve and help reduce these types of visits to local emergency departments which are currently overwhelmed with providing care for COVID-19 Coronavirus affected, trauma and critically ill patients.”
Lakes Urgent Care has offices in the Lakes Medical Building at 2300 Haggerty Rd., Suite 1010, West Bloomfield 48323 (248-926-9111) and in Livonia at 36650 Five Mile Rd., Livonia 48154 (734-744-9000) Additional resources and updated information at www.lakesurgentcare.com
Well before the coronavirus outbreak, Lakes Urgent Care has promoted the importance of thorough hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. And while it’s easier said than done, try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
But what about your cell phone? It’s something you hold close to your face every day and it’s likely in need of a good cleaning.
Today, Apple revised it guidelines and now endorses the use of a “70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfectant wipes” Here’s an article from PC magazine with common sense guidelines on how to keep all your electronics clean:
Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicated that Americans should prepare for potential changes to daily life if the coronavirus begin to spread locally in the United States. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has already been preparing for a possible outbreak and new protocols are in place at area hospitals. So far, the department has tested five people suspected of having coronavirus and all tests were negative.
Detroit is one of 11 airports in the United States designated to receive flights from China. As of yesterday, no travelers have been quarantined. Lakes Urgent Care will continue to monitor and report on conditions in our community.
Here a link to an article in today’s Detroit News for more information.
Do you and your bed partner argue over the bedroom temperature at night?
Does one of you prefer it “toasty warm” and the other “arctic chill”?
It turns out you are not alone. But numerous studies show that keeping your bedroom temperature between 60-67 degrees and completely dark, allows you to achieve optimal sleep and recovery.
And getting a good night’s sleep is an important way to prevent a cold or flu.
We don’t want to start any arguments. We just want you to stay healthy out there!
Here’s a couple of articles to help you create the optimal sleeping temperature in your bedroom: