Comprehensive COVID Care Specialist

Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC

Adult Primary Care located in Putnam, CT

If you or a loved one experiences a dry cough or a fever and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatments, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, board-certified adult primary care physicians Dr. Joseph J. Botta, MD, Dr. David Candow, MD & Dr. Ronald Klare, MD and the team offer comprehensive COVID care to adults, including seniors. To make an appointment at the practice in Putnam, Connecticut, call the office today.

Comprehensive COVID Care Q&A

What is comprehensive COVID care?

Comprehensive COVID care diagnoses, treats, and manages COVID-19. At Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, the team offers COVID-19 testing and treatment. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they can prescribe medications for at-home use or admit you to Day Kimball Healthcare and monitor your treatment there. 

If you are admitted to the hospital, the team monitors you there using their own staff and not hospitalists or nurse practitioners. 

When should I seek comprehensive COVID care?

Make an appointment for comprehensive COVID care if you experience symptoms like:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A dry cough that gets worse over time
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Chills 
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Headache

If you catch COVID-19, you might also experience gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

What happens during a comprehensive COVID care appointment?

At Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, a comprehensive COVID care appointment begins with a review of your medical history and a discussion of your symptoms, including when they first started and if you’ve noticed them getting worse.

Next, we order a PCR test at the local lab. They use a swab to collect a sample from your nostril or the back of your throat. The laboratory analyzes the sample to determine if you have COVID-19. If your sample comes back positive, your provider develops a custom treatment plan.

If your symptoms are mild, your provider might recommend resting at home, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking over-the-counter medication. You might also benefit from a prescription drug like dexamethasone. 

If you have severe or potentially life-threatening symptoms, the team might admit you to Day Kimball Hospital for round-the-clock monitoring. At the hospital, the team can administer intravenous treatments, like IV treatments monoclonal antibody therapy. 

Why is comprehensive COVID care important?

Comprehensive COVID care is important because COVID-19 can present potentially serious side effects. That’s especially true if you’re aged 65 or older or you have an underlying medical condition like heart disease or kidney disease. 

Researchers aren’t sure why, but COVID-19 increases the risk of various complications, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Blood clots
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Irregular heart rate (arrhythmia)

As a result, it’s important to receive treatment as soon as possible.

To explore the benefits of comprehensive COVID care, make an appointment at Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, by calling the office today.