To My Patients,
Hope all is well. It seems that spring has finally arrived.
The office has been very busy, and we opened extra hours on an as- needed basis.
The Covid emergency is officially over on May 11th. I'm not sure yet that the COVID 19 virus knows about it! It's still causing 1000-2000 deaths a week, and if you extrapolate this to the entire year, this represents the 9th most common cause of death in the US. At its peak, COVID was the 3rd and 4th most common cause of death in the two preceding years.
COVID-protecting masks are now optional in our office. However, we do require that you wear a mask if you were not fully COVID vaccinated, and also if you have certain COVID-related symptoms, regardless of your vaccination status.
We still request that you call the office as soon as you arrive in the parking lot, in attempt to minimize or avoid waiting in the waiting room.
More about the changes that the end of the COVID emergency will bring about, including changes to telemedicine - in the next letter.
Sandy and I will be away for almost 2 weeks, in Israel, beginning Wednesday May 17, back in the office on Thursday, June 1.
As usual, Janine will handle the phone, I'll be able to receive email messages. If necessary, Janine knows how to find me, and Dr. Sarfraz will cover me in urgent cases.
Please give us a call at 203-853-1919 if you need an appointment A couple of notes for spring:
Allergy: The allergy season is upon us. There are several things you can do before you have to make a trip to the office:
Flonase (fluticasone) and Benadryl (or a non-sedating antihistamine such as Claritin, Zyrtec) are over the counter and can be tried for nasal congestion and general allergy-related symptoms.
Astepro (azelastine) is a nasal spray antihistamine that recently became available over the counter.
If you have allergy-related asthma, don't forget to use your inhaler as instructed. These are prescription medications. If you're using them seasonally, make sure they are accessible.
Tick bite: The deer are out there, and so are the ticks. The most common tick- borne disease is Lyme Disease. But there are others, such as Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis, and the treatment could be different from that of Lyme. It's therefore important to bring the tick, especially if the tick is blood-engorged, to the local Health Department for identification. And don't forget to let us know you've been bitten by a tick as early as possible after you realize it.
Keep your mind sharp: Spring is the greatest time to do so. Spend some time outdoors, exercise (nothing wrong with walking outdoors), eat well (which for most people is the Mediterranean Diet), and get enough sleep. You'll be surprised to see the mind-body connection.
Please give us a call at 203-853-1919 if you need an appointment Until next time, stay well,
Igal Staw, Ph.D., M.D.
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