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22 05 2020What those patients may not realize is that the medical establishment remains uncertain about a coronavirus treatment that has been available to Americans for more than a month In its understandable rush to make convalescent plasma available the FDA did not mandate that blood banks test the blood they collect for the very coronavirus antibodies that make the treatment promising Of "The big issue now is just weighing out the risk of being around sick patients that may potentially have been exposed to the virus versus what is safe for the person to begin with " Mansour said "So that's kind of just what we're doing We're not trying to stop patients from being seen or stop people from going to the ER just want to take additional precautions " Chainarong

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Also post COVID-19 resources for patients (e g the CDC's Coronavirus (COVID-19) page and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions) with a reminder to maintain physical distance and to stay at home to lessen community spread If the office is closed update voicemail messages to address telephone assessment telemedicine and how to reach the physician in the event of an emergency

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