HSS has been closely monitoring the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health of everyone in the HSS community, and our wider community, is our biggest priority. We are taking proactive steps to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe, including the suspension of nonessential care. Read more about the other measures we’re taking and how you can keep yourself safe below.
If you are a patient at HSS and you are feeling ill, tell your healthcare team before you come in for your appointment or surgery.
All patients are being screened both prior and on the day of their visit. For patients who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have traveled from a country heavily impacted by COVID-19, appointments or surgeries will be rescheduled. All visitors are being screened at all HSS locations.
We have updated our visitor policy for inpatients and outpatients at all HSS locations.
The expert rheumatologists at HSS have created a guide to protecting yourself from COVID-19 if you have a rheumatic disease like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Right now there is a shortage of some medications for people with rheumatic diseases, but most patients need not worry.
HSS has always had strict controls to prevent infection. We have now taken many extra steps to keep patients safe from COVID-19 while providing the highest level of care. We will continue to assess our procedures and update them as needed to protect our patients' health. Return here for updates. Extra measures include:
HSS takes great care to prevent infection. It's built into the way we work:
The best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 are the same as with the common cold or flu:
To keep COVID-19 from spreading, if you are feeling unwell, take care of yourself and stay home.
We recommend these trusted resources for the latest information on COVID-19:
Scanning electron microscope images of coronavirus. Credit: NIAID-RML