- What COVID-19 protocols are in place at Cosmetic Surgery Center?
- What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
- How does COVID-19 spread?
- How can you prevent coronavirus?
- Local Arkansas resources for COVID-19 information »
- Resources for global information about coronavirus »
What COVID-19 protocols are in place at Cosmetic Surgery Center?
As of July 13, 2021, our area has seen a 385% surge in COVID-19 case numbers over a two week period. Dr. Branman and the team are responding to this increase by committing to the following protocols:
- Our staff will continue to wear masks.
- We are limiting the number of patients in our waiting area.
- We are disinfecting our consultation and treatment rooms between appointments.
We also ask our patients for their understanding as we implement the following requirements for all appointments:
- Masks will be mandatory at all appointments.
- Our waiting area will be limited to patients with scheduled appointments. At this time, we will not allow any other person to accompany patients above the age of 18 to their appointments.
- Patients under the age of 18 may have one parent accompany them to their appointment.
What is coronavirus?
There’s no question that we’ve all heard about novel coronavirus, but what is it exactly? COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness that was first identified in late 2019 after an animal-to-human transmission. “Novel” viruses are those that have not been identified in humans—and thus humans have no antibodies to the virus yet. This can make diagnosis, treatment, and prevention particularly difficult, as most viral vaccines are developed through researching how the human body has responded to the virus previously.
Coronavirus is transmissible between humans and is currently spread throughout the world.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear between two to fourteen days after exposure, and they range in severity. Symptoms include mild-to-severe dry cough, shortness of breath, fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. In some patients who are at-risk due to age or preexisting conditions, pneumonia may develop in both lungs.
If symptoms become severe or concerning, seek emergency medical care. Signs of an emergency may include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to stay awake or to wake up, or a change in skin tone that appears pale, gray, or blue.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads from person to person in a few ways, including:
- Respiratory droplets from an infected person (coughing, sneezing)
- Conversation and touch between people who are in close contact
- Touching a surface that has been touched by an infected person and then touching your face
How can you prevent coronavirus?
The vaccine for COVID-19 is available to all Americans ages 12 and up. If you are able, getting vaccinated offers the best possible protection from coronavirus infection. Learn about the vaccine here and locate a free vaccine near you in Arkansas here »
If you are unvaccinated, it is recommended that you prevent transmission by avoiding exposure in the first place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated; however, if you are unable to get the vaccine, or if you have a weakened immune system despite being fully vaccinated, there are a number of preventative actions to employ in daily life, including:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth in indoor public places.
- Stay 6 feet away from people who are not a part of your household.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use of at least 60% alcohol hand sanitizer will work in a pinch, but soap and water remain the best option.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away OR cough into your elbow and then wash your hands and change your shirt.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands or after any public interaction.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Disinfect high-contact surfaces in your home, including counters, doorknobs, handrails, etc.
- Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19, and monitor your health daily.
Local Arkansas resources for COVID-19 information
To stay up-to-date with local COVID-19 information, we encourage you to frequent the following sites:
- State of Arkansas COVID-19 dashboard »
- Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 information center »
- KNWA coronavirus news coverage »
Resources for global information about coronavirus
Misinformation has a tendency to spread much faster than the coronavirus itself, so it’s important to look to trusted organizations for information. For details on the virus and updated news on its spread, we recommend the following pages: