We hope you are all weathering this pandemic well. We are taking one day at a time, but I am confident that near-normalcy will gradually be established over the next several months as medical professionals learn how to best manage Covid-19 patients, our medical infrastructure is equipped and stabilized to support seriously ill patients, testing becomes more widely available, herd immunity comes into play, and advances on the dual fronts of therapy and vaccination are made.
For now, please heed Drs. Birx and Fauci, Governor Cuomo, and Westchester County Executive George Latimer. The current rule for the NY metro area is: stay-at-home until 5/15/20.
Risk factors for serious infection include: advanced age, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, immunosuppression, and cardiovascular disease. If you have one or more risk factors, please inform us so that we can better manage your dermatology care.
Recommended precautions for all:
1. Social distancing (at least 6 feet)
2. Frequent thorough hand-washing
3. Wearing a face mask when you are in public
4. Maintenance of healthful diet, outdoor exercise/walking, hydration, and sleep habits
5. Avoidance of toxins like tobacco and alcohol
6. Delivery of food when possible, grocery-shopping during low-traffic times if necessary
7. Disinfection/cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with detergents or dilute bleach
8. Self-isolation if you or someone in your household becomes ill
9. Use of virtual medical care when possible--please call or text us at 914-768-4474 to initiate a virtual dermatology visit if necessary
We intend to reopen on May 18, 2020, but we will be operating with many special precautions. High-risk, non-urgent patients will be postponed until the situation is more stable. Our building and office will be prepared to reduce risk of contagion. Our schedule will be lightened and spaced out significantly. My staff and I will be wearing masks, and we ask you to do the same. We will not be using our waiting room. We will ask you to wait in your vehicle until we call/text you to come up. The front desk staff may greet you virtually. We will not be exchanging cards, papers, pens or ipads with you. We will ask you to pay by credit card either on our website, or by interfacing with the front desk staff virtually or by phone.
It has been a learning experience to provide care during this public health crisis, and I am grateful for the technology that allows it, for the cooperation of my patients, and for the many individuals who have been working on the front lines, on our behalf. Please feel free to contact us if we can help you through this challenging time in any way.