COVID-19 Health Alert
Here at IRMS we take the health of our patients and caregivers very seriously. We want to share how we are continuing to play our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 while providing our patients the full array of reproductive services.
We Are Fully Open For Business Across All Offices!
We are utilizing scheduled appointment times for Morning Monitoring and Klara check-in to maintain social distancing and to pre-screen patients prior to entering the office. We are scheduling for ALL checklist items such as Physical Exams, Saline Sonograms, HSG’s, Semen Analysis as well as IUI, IVF and FETs.
Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
IRMS is currently following ASRM guidelines.
ASRM, ACOG and SMFM encourage all people trying to conceive and pregnant to consider the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). We recommend that you review the ASRM guidelines, as it will address most of your questions. The most recent update from ASRM is here and below, and a helpful decision tool from the University of Massachusetts Medical School is here and below.
For most people, the benefits of the vaccine will outweigh the risks, but this is your decision, and you must feel comfortable before proceeding. If you have questions after reviewing the ASRM guidelines and the U Mass decision tool, please feel free to reach out to your IRMS team.
Stay tuned to IRMS here and on social media for more information and updates as they become available.
Am I at risk for coronavirus?
What is IRMS doing to keep patients safe?
IRMS has implemented a coronavirus protocol to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy while making sure that our patients stay on track to reach their treatment goals. IRMS Physicians are utilizing a combination of telemedicine and in-person appointments so we can limit office visits but keep you on track on your fertility journey.
Social Distancing Policy – For patients being seen in our IRMS office, we are adhering to a strict Social Distancing Policy.
- All patients seen in-office MUST wear a mask.
- All Morning Monitoring patients are being assigned specific report times.
Any patients coming to our offices, whether for an appointment or to drop off a sample must check-in via Klara, our text-based messaging service. This must be done before entering the building. Call the office-specific “Check-In Number”:
- You will be pre-screened for exposure-risk including any travel from states on the travel advisory list prior to entering the office via our Klara service.
- ONLY the patient will be permitted into the office. Partners and/or family members should remain in their vehicle. This applies to obstetrical ultrasounds as well.
Hand-Washing Policy – All patients must wash their hands after checking-in and before treatment. Wash stations have been set up for your convenience.
Non-Contact Greeting – All patients are encouraged to choose alternate ways to greet and engage IRMS staff members. Our staff is leading by example.
In addition, our waiting room is wiped down regularly and every exam room is thoroughly wiped down after every examination.
What is the coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1950s and generally cause mild upper-respiratory illness characterized by cough, fever, and/or body aches. This is very similar to most viral illnesses including flu and the common cold.
The current situation involves a new, or “novel,” coronavirus and the illness it causes is COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). Since this virus is new, testing has been limited; a definitive vaccine has yet to be approved and though some medications are showing promise in treatment there is no one, specific treatment modality.
What are the symptoms caused by coronavirus?
The most common symptoms are fever, signs of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and body aches. A new symptom that has been identified as an early symptom of the virus is a loss of a sense of smell and taste. As with the flu, most people who get coronavirus only experience mild viral symptoms such as fever, cough, muscle pain or weakness, and fatigue, and will experience a complete recovery.
Can the coronavirus be treated?
Since it is a virus, the coronavirus cannot be treated with antibiotics. Mild infections are treated in the same way as the common cold or flu with medications to relieve the symptoms of cough, congestion, and fever.
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?
If you are in respiratory distress, call 911.
If you have mild symptoms like fever, cough, and other symptoms of respiratory infection please follow CDC guidelines for at-home care and notify your Primary Care Physician so they can determine your need for testing. Self-isolation is the best course of action for containing the virus.
What should I do to avoid infection?
Please stay aware and take proper precautions. It is believed the coronavirus spreads via respiratory droplets such as from a cough or sneeze, so you should be using the same prevention methods as you would to avoid a cold or the flu:
- Wear a mask when going out to stores or your workplace.
- Wash your hands often 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.
- If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home from work when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Where can I get more information?
ASRM American Society For Reproductive Medicine:
NJ Department of Health:
- 24-hour public hotline: 1-800-222-1222
- Website: www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/
NY Department of Health:
- Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Website: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/