Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
See how Tower Radiology is responding to the outbreak and what you should
do if feeling sick.
remains on alert against the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is taking several
precautions at our facilities to ensure the safety of all patients and staff.
Here are answers
to some frequently asked questions about the virus and our approach to
What is COVID-19?
are common throughout the world. Scientists have identified seven different
types of the virus, from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle
East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
This novel coronavirus is called COVID-19, which originated in Wuhan City,
COVID-19 is a
respiratory virus that primarily spreads from coming in contact with the
respiratory droplets — coughing, sneezing, saliva or nasal discharge — from an
infected person. COVID-19 has been linked to large seafood and live animal
markets, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of
reports suggest limited person-to-person spread is occurring.
shows all usual infection control practices are effective in limiting
spreading the virus, it is critical to practice good hygiene, washing your
hands regularly and thoroughly with hot water and soap for 20 seconds – about
the same amount of time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. If
using hand sanitizer, make sure it is alcohol based. Also, make sure to cough
or sneeze into your flexed elbow, avoid handshakes, avoid touching your nose,
mouth and eyes and immediately discard tissues after use.
If I have flu-like symptoms, what should I do?
If you develop
symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and
call in advance. Calling in advance will protect you and help prevent the
spread of any illness.
key. It is important to remember that the risk to the average American remains
low, and the vast majority of cases are mild and do not require
You are at far
greater risk of contracting the flu than COVID-19 at the current time. The best
way to avoid getting sick is to vigilantly wash your hands, and avoid close
contact with sick people and congested areas.
What is Tower Radiology doing to help minimize the spread of COVID-19?
has already been taking proactive steps to address this rapidly developing
situation to protect our staff and the communities we serve.
When you visit
us, you may see our team members wearing personal protective equipment
including respiratory protection and gloves. We remain vigilant in practicing
proper hand hygiene, keeping equipment clean and thoroughly cleaning and
disinfection our facilities each day.
is referencing CDC and Dept. of Health requirements for day to day operations. The
COVID-19 outbreak is an evolving situation and we are continuously monitoring the changing requirements from regulatory agencies.
Any limitations on coming to Tower Radiology?
There are no
current limitations on your appointment at Tower Radiology. That may change if
the prevalence of flu or novel coronavirus changes. However, anyone feeling ill
should be discouraged from visiting. The right place for a patient with
possible exposure to Coronavirus is a hospital setting as they are fully
equipped to handle the situation and provide isolation/quarantine if needed.
information on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.