March 23, 2020 – Remember, frequent handwashing, social isolation, and trying hard to not put your hands to your face remain the best preventative measures we have to avoid this virus.
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and azithromycin remain EXPERIMENTAL as treatments for Coronavirus and should not be assumed to be an effective treatment or preventative medicine. The decision to take either of these two medicines should be made after a thoughtful evaluation by your physician, although at this time hydroxychloroquine is not readily available in Sarasota, other than at the hospitals.
Loss of taste or smell may be a previously unrecognized symptom of this disease. Please notify your doctor if you develop this as a new problem.
Most patients with Coronavirus infection will not need hospitalization. The primary reasons for needing hospitalization are severe shortness of breath with low oxygen levels or dehydration requiring IV fluids.
A pulse oximeter can be purchased at most pharmacies relatively inexpensively. This is helpful to have at home and easy to use to measure the oxygen content in your system.
We remain open for our patients. We are screening calls so that no one with fever or symptoms suggestive of Coronavirus come to the office. We remain available for all, either by telephone evaluations, ER visits or hospital visits. Please feel free to call us for any questions or concerns.
Your mental health remains a vital concern to us. Please remember to get daily exercise, either by walking, bicycling, swimming or using a home gym. Alcoholism, depression, and anxiety are going to rise. Please be aware and try to protect against this.
Please do not use a communal gym such as in a condo or fitness club, and we recommend you do not work with a personal trainer who may have multiple clients and who could be a source of infection. Speak to your trainer about a virtual workout with them on Skype or Facetime.
Nail and Hair salons should be avoided. Again, there is so much potential for the virus to be passed on, we do not feel this is a risk worth taking. A bad hair day is better than a Coronavirus infection.
March 13, 2020 – Coronavirus is a new and unique virus. Currently, there are no vaccines available for protection.