UPDATE: MARCH 24 | 4:00PM
Our latest update on the Coronavirus situation including telemedicine (we've got it!) and our office (we're open!) can be found here:
Thank you for reading. Stay at home, and stay healthy.
UPDATE: MARCH 18 | 4:00PM
Our latest update on the Coronavirus situation, testing, telemedicine (we've got it!) and our office (we're open!) can be found here:
Thank you for reading!
UPDATE: MARCH 10 | 7:20AM
At CMMD and Associates, today we will begin implementing a series of steps (devised after consultation with various infectious disease resources and large hospital based health systems in our area) aimed at protecting our vulnerable patients while continuing to provide much needed medical attention to our community.
We are moving as many "same-day sick" appointments to ONE of our two buildings and enhancing our phone triage capabilities.
Sick and at-risk patients will be identified BEFORE their arrival in the office whenever possible or as soon as they enter, and will be asked to don a protective mask.
We are setting up a "drive-thru" testing area so that potential COVID-19 and influenza patients can be tested and assessed without coming into the office whenever possible.
We are putting "all hands on deck" when it comes to answering phones and messages. Our entire staff is poised to come in early, stay late and do whatever is needed to support our community at this time.
We will be instituting an enhanced cleaning protocol to include timed disinfection of common areas through out the day, and medical-grade cleaning of our exam rooms after every patient. This is in addition to the thorough cleaning we do nightly.
While we are available in the office 7 days per week, we are also always available by portal message and one of us is on-call whenever the office is closed.
Please be patient as some of our more "routine" operations may be disrupted as we work through this community outbreak.
I want our patients to know that we are here for you during this scary and uncertain time.
If at anytime you have a need that is not being met by our staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call me directly at 484-872-2833.
UPDATE: MARCH 8 | 9:44AM
One of the hardest things about the novel coronavirus is the inability to distinguish it from the flu--the symptoms are so very similar (fever, cough, aches.) Symptoms may be similar but there is a key difference in the behavior.
Patients with the flu can be contagious for 24-48 hours before ever showing symptoms. This DOES NOT appear to be the case with COVID-19---AND this is GOOD news--if we pay attention to it.
The bottom line is this: Containing this virus will largely depend on the people who have it.
People who STAY HOME when they are sick cannot infect others. It is that simple.
My plea tonight goes out to TWO groups: those who are sick with any symptoms of fever, cough, aches and anyone who is returning from one of the 5 high risk countries but is feeling well.
Asymptomatic travelers: If you are returning from Italy, China, Japan, South Korea or Iran, PLEASE self-quarantine for 14 days. You should monitor your temperature and report fever (defined as greater than 100.5) to your local health department.
Sick non-travelers, except for seeking medical attention, please stay home.
UPDATE: MARCH 9 | 6:14AM
While I hate to "backpedal," at this time, I would also NOT go on a cruise--anywhere. This is different than my statement in the 3/6/20 newsletter. But, information is changing by the hour. Stay tuned, stay safe and keep about your life.
MARCH 6 | 9:00AM
Everyday we're getting the question: "What would you do, Doc?" Coronavirus is here, and we know the fear is real. But our patients also want to cut through the spin, and the anxiety-inducing news reports, and the bogus health tips, and know what real, practical things they can do to stay healthy. That makes me so proud.
Guided by facts, not fear, here's what I'm doing and recommending at of March 6 to stay aware, prepared, and well. Information changes hour to hour, so I'm also posting here the link to the CDC's website, which I check every morning: www.cdc.gov. I hope you will add this to your 'morning rounds' on your smartphone, to keep a pulse on COVID-19 as we learn more about it.
In the meantime, take off that mask, wash your hands longer and hotter... and while we wait for more details, come in for your flu shot!
-Christine & Team
Read my March 6th update here: