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Activities for a Stay at Home Order

Activities for a Stay at Home Order

Given the new lockdown orders in California, we need to get creative again to stay connected and engaged. Here are some of my favorites from a great article:  Plant an indoor herb garden and learn cook with those herbs Take virtual tours of places you want to visit someday – Here’s a tour of Rome Visit … Continue reading "Activities for a Stay at Home Order" ...
ABC’s of Telemedicine

ABC’s of Telemedicine

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 responsibilities No exposure to other potentially contagious patients My Electronic Health Record system uses an encrypted version of Zoom … Continue reading "ABC’s of Telemedicine" ...
Rapid Flu Testing Now Available

Rapid Flu Testing Now Available

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 … Continue reading "Rapid Flu Testing Now Available" ...
Rapid COVID Testing Now Available

Rapid COVID Testing Now Available

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% … Continue reading "Rapid COVID Testing Now Available" ...
Flu Shots in the Year of Covid-19

Flu Shots in the Year of Covid-19

Does it really matter if I get a flu shot? The short answer is YES !!!! The flu is dangerous in its own right, hospitalizing and killing tens of thousands of people each year and sidelining millions more for days to weeks. On average, 17 million work days and 38 million school days are missed … Continue reading "Flu Shots in the Year of Covid-19" ...
Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

With all the wildfires raging in California, Oregon and Washington (and the Valley Fire in San Diego county), it’s a potent reminder that we live in Disaster Country. Whether it’s a pandemic, earthquake or wildfire, we all need to be prepared. Have a plan: Essential services may not be available for the first few hours … Continue reading "Are You Prepared for a Disaster?" ...
How to Sanitize your Phone and other Devices

How to Sanitize your Phone and other Devices

Since Coronavirus can be transmitted on inanimate objects, it’s important to sanitize things. We’ve all heard about sanitizing our hands. But what are we to do with our phones – especially since we put them close to our face! The FCC has these suggestions: Unplug the device before cleaning. Use a lint-free cloth slightly dampened … Continue reading "How to Sanitize your Phone and other Devices" ...
Coronavirus Scams

Coronavirus Scams

The COVID-19 pandemic is now in its 6 month in the US, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions and fear. Unfortunately scam artists are praying on that fear and uncertainty. Wearing a mask and social distancing help protect you from COVID-19. But how do you protect yourself from COVID-19 scams? Learn what … Continue reading "Coronavirus Scams" ...
All About Coronavirus Testing

All About Coronavirus Testing

There is a lot of confusion about Coronavirus testing – should I get tested? When? How often? Which test? What do the results mean? One reason for so many questions is that we still don’t know very much about COVID-19, although we’re learning new information every day. So I’ve tried to explain testing and what … Continue reading "All About Coronavirus Testing" ...