to go to the doctor or get your blood drawn because you might get exposed to
COVID? Two things I want you to
- Medical facilities can be some of the lowest risk places to visit during the pandemic due to strict sterilization, social distancing and mask wearing practices. We cannot afford not to.
- Delaying healthcare can have serious consequences in the future.
- Nearly half of
the public says they skipped or postponed medical care because of the
- Cardiologists have seen a resurgence
in severe cardiac complications and damage during the pandemic that occur when
a heart attack goes untreated. These
complications were common in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but we’ve not seen them in
- The National Cancer Institute predicts an excess of 10,000 deaths due to
breast cancer and colorectal cancer because of missed screening in the year
- You may get
sicker with COVID-19 if your chronic medical problems (e.g. diabetes, heart
disease, high blood pressure) are not well controlled.
- Waiting to get
care until you are really sick makes hospitalization more likely. And right now hospital staff are stretched
very thin, and your hospital care may suffer.
- When COVID is
finally under control, everyone who delayed care will return to their doctor,
but they may have trouble getting an appointment because of pend up demand.
Telemedicine is basically a video visit with your doctor and
has many benefits.
- More personalized than a phone call
- Less time away from work
- No travel expenses or time
- Less interference with child or elder care
- No exposure to other potentially contagious
My Electronic Health Record system uses an encrypted version
of Zoom so your privacy is protected.
Many conditions are easily treated via video visits:
- follow up on chronic conditions like high blood
pressure, diabetes, gout and high cholesterol.
- Minor acute issues like upper respiratory
infections, urinary tract infections or pink eye.
Some issues, however, are not able to be addressed with
telemedicine like chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, deep cuts or
Please call the office today to schedule a telemedicine
visit. An email with a link is automatically
sent when the appointment is scheduled.
When it’s time for your appointment just click the link. If you can’t find the original email, another
one will be sent automatically about 5 minutes prior to the appointment. You can use a desktop or laptop computer, a
smart phone, iPad or other tablet. If
you are unable to connect at the time of your appointment, I’ll call and we’ll
get it set up. No worries!
Unfortunately, cold symptoms, flu symptoms and COVID symptoms can be very similar, so its difficult to tell them apart sometimes. That’s why I now have rapid testing for influenza (in addition to rapid COVID testing) available in my office. This is the same standard test that has been done in Urgent Care and the Emergency Room for years. It tests for both strains of influenza – A and B. Rapid early diagnosis is important with Flu because treatment is most effective if started within the first 48 hours. So if you’re sick, please call for a same day appointment so we can get you the right diagnosis and treatment.
More info from CDC https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/fluandyou_upright.pdf
You might want a test if:
- You have fever, chills and body aches
- You’ve been exposed to someone who is positive
- You feel sick
Combo with COVID $150
I now have the BD Veritor Plus testing system for
COVID-19. It tests for COVID-19 antigen
with a nasal swab (not the one that tickles your brain). Results are ready in about 15 min. Sensitivity is 98% – meaning a negative
result is correct 98% of the time, although false negative tests can occur 2%
of the time. Specificity is >99% –
meaning a positive result is correct >99% of the time. False positive results are exceptionally
Click here for additional information about this test.
You might want a test if:
- You got notice of exposure to someone positive
- You’re thinking about going to visit someone
- You feel sick
Combo with Flu $150