(Updated June 27, 2020)

 

We are past the peak of this viral outbreak in NJ, please help to keep it that way!  Continue to practice social distancing, staying 6+ feet away from others, and wear a mask any time you are away from home or around other people that you don't live with.  New Jersey was hit harder than any state by COVID-19, but we are recovering quickly because of every individual's efforts to control the spread of this virus.

 

People often ask whether they should avoid certain activities, and how at-risk they are.  This can be a delicate balance between your individual risk because of your health status and the chance of being exposed to the virus when doing an activity in a certain location.  We encourage you to refer to the state and federal websites below for regularly updated guidance.

 

There is a great disparity in how much COVID-19 activity there is across the country.  Please be careful if you do travel, and be aware of the problems and restrictions that may be present in another state.

 

Our office remains open for regular office hours, and has taken many steps to be as safe a place as possible for our patients.  When possible, we conduct visits via a secure telemedicine platform so that you can see and talk with your doctor from anywhere while preventing any unnecessary risk.  Visits for mental health, routine follow-up, and many ailments can be seen in this way initially.  Should you need to see your doctor in person, we provide an atmosphere that minimizes the coronavirus risk to your health.

 

We appreciate your understanding in abiding by new policies for your own safety.

 

A few things to keep in mind if you are physically entering our office:

  • To maintain social distancing, please arrive for your visit ON TIME and NOT more than 10 minutes early.  We may request that you wait outside the office if you arrive too early, and you may have to reschedule if late.  We want to have as few people in our office as possible for everyone's safety.
  • Face coverings/masks are REQUIRED of all people entering our office.  If everyone wears masks it cuts down the transmission of the novel coronavirus by over 70%!
  • NO visitors/family members are permitted in the office except those assisting someone with a disability.  If you need to speak with the doctor about a patient and they consent, we can call you.
  • Please SPEAK BY PHONE with the office PRIOR to coming in for any reason so that we may ensure it is safe for you to do so.  We then will be expecting you, and will have you come at a time that  minimizes contact with others.

 

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, so we have provided links at the bottom of this page to some dependable resources containing updates on the current status, description of symptoms, and best practices to minimize your risk.

 

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU MAY HAVE COVID-19 DO NOT COME TO OUR OFFICE UNLESS YOU HAVE CALLED AHEAD AND BEEN INSTRUCTED BY THE DOCTOR TO DO SO!

 

Our office has implemented several important temporary policies to minimize the chance of exposing our patients or staff to this virus.  This includes:

 

  • Screening all persons entering the office with symptoms potentially suggestive of the virus by phone prior to scheduling them for an appointment to assess their risk of COVID-19 exposure.
  • Thoroughly disinfecting exam areas immediately after each patient is seen seen; deeply disinfecting our office daily; and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces several times a day.
  • Using HEPA air filters or UV to continuously clean the air of exam rooms.
  • Scheduling patients who MUST be seen in-person but who have symptoms UNRELATED to COVID-19 at separate times of the day from patients who are sick with respiratory symptoms or digestive symptoms that MIGHT be the novel coronavirus.
  • Patients highly suspected of having COVID-19 will be initially evaluated by phone or telemedicine BEFORE any entry to the office.
  • Having staff and doctors self-monitor for fever and symptoms before work each day.

 

There is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19.  Most people fully recover and exhibit only mild symptoms often indistinguishable from the common cold, treated with OTC cold medications.  For these people with symptoms, it is important to self-isolate to prevent spread of the disease.

 

IF YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD TO SELF-ISOLATE the U.K. NHS created a great poster summarizing this self-isolation concept; just note the phone numbers are different and paracetamol is another name for Tylenol!

 

Patients without symptoms but who are deemed direct contacts of people who have it are advised to self-quarantine.  Click this link for an in-depth description of the differences in isolation and quarantine.

More severe cases require hospitalization, and some critical care.  This is where we can improve survival with supportive care, ventilators (breathing machines) and potentially experimental medications.  The reason it is so important to slow the spread of this disease is because such resources won't be available to everyone if too many cases occur at once.

 

Please heed any directives from state and local authorities to help curtail the spread of this disease!

 

External Links:

 

PREVENTION is our most important tool.  The government has created a decent website with excellent recommendations at the CORONAVIRUS.GOV site.  Some simple measures will help keep you from getting sick, and prevent you from passing on the infection to others.

 

MDVIP has created a page further explaining the virus, symptoms, and prevention.

 

The trusted resource UpToDate contains both physician-level and patient-level information about the disease that is updated regularly.

 

TESTING at this time remains very limited due to a severe shortage of testing capacity and because there are limited situations in which the result affects how your symptoms are managed.  Please refer to the NJ COVID-19 site to determine if COVID-19 testing applies to your situation, and for a current location of testing sites.

 

CovidActNow.org is a regularly updated site that can give you an idea of the current status of the virus in each state.

 

Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 who are interested in donating convalescent plasma to potentially help others who are sick can go through the American Red Cross page for details.

 

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