March 10, 2020
Important Updates on COVID-19 From Aspire Allergy & Sinus
A Message To Our Patients
We are open and seeing patients in the office and via telemedicine.
For anyone coming in to the clinic, we ask that only the patient come in for that appointment to minimize the amount of people in the waiting areas and exam rooms. Minors should only have one person attend the visit with them.
For injection patients: The recommendations from The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology are to extend patients to 2-4 weeks for injections. That will not be long enough to lose effectiveness from the injections.
For ExACT Immunoplasty Patients: If you are in the middle of ExACT Immunoplasty therapy and have missed your injection appointment, we will resume your treatment schedule make any needed adjustments to treatment on a case by case basis.
A Letter From Dr. Stacy Silvers, Medical Director
In the wake of our country being affected by COVID-19 and other illnesses, we want to do our part and educate you about how we’re keeping our patients and staff safe.
Sanitation. Our clinics maintain the highest levels of sanitation under normal circumstances, but we have recently enhanced our sanitation protocols in our exam rooms and common areas. We're wiping down surfaces after every patient - whether the surface has been touched or not - and extending sanitation to pens, clipboards, chairs and any other item that could potentially be exposed.
Keeping Our Patients Safe. Team members are temperature-checked upon entering the workplace. No team member is permitted to enter the clinic if they are experiencing any kind of symptoms or fever.
We are also taking extra precautions to room patients as quickly as possible to minimize large groups waiting together in the same area.
Social Distancing. All waiting rooms have been modified to comply with social distancing guidelines. Patients are taken to exam rooms immediately when possible and kept separate from other patients.
Staying Home When Sick. We encourage patients who are feeling ill to stay home and reschedule their appointment for a future date, or schedule a telemedicine visit.
Telemedicine options. Keeping exposure to others as minimal as possible is important. Telemedicine visits can cover follow up appointments, new patient allergy consults as well as sick visits. Request a telemedicine appointment here.
Please DO come into our clinics if you’re suffering from any of the following
- Stuffy Nose
- Sinus infections
- Red, itchy, or watery eyes
- A cough that’s lasted longer than 14 days
These are all signs of allergy and sinus issues that are not contagious and should be treated sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately, panic plays a large part in why outbreaks like this can become dangerous; it can lead to uninfected people taking up spots in hospitals and gathering more supplies than they need, creating shortages for the people who need it most.
Please AVOID our clinics if you’re suffering from any of the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Cough that’s lasted under 14 days
- Have had exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
For everyone’s safety, including your own, please reschedule your visit to our clinic to a later date or utilize telemedicine. We encourage you to stay home and take care of yourself if you have these symptoms!
Information to help you stay safe
The following are precautionary measures from the CDC to keep you healthy and prevent the spread of diseases.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based sanitizer
- Keep away from others that are sick
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home
- Avoid all non-essential travel
If you believe you’re suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary healthcare provider for a test. They will work with your state’s public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested.
Below are guides to the CDC listed symptoms of the most common illnesses. These are for convenience and not to be used as diagnostic tools by Aspire Allergy & Sinus.
Centers for Disease Control - Coronavirus
By staying smart and not panicking, you can keep yourself safe in these times of outbreak.
Dr. Stacy Silvers
A Message From Dr. Chris Thompson, Chief Medical Officer on Allergies and Illnesses Like COVID-19
Dr. Chris Thompson discusses the symptoms and differences between allergies and the seasonal flu, a cold, or other viruses.
Not addressing allergies and other health issues are what make diseases like COVID-19 more dangerous
There’s been increased awareness of COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus. Even if COVID-19 is never mentioned after Spring 2020, the flu and other year-round illnesses can become a deadly threat when the body is incapable of handling the symptoms caused by it’s illness.
If you have ongoing allergies and they aren’t treated effectively, it could weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to viruses and other germs. That, in turn, could enable your uncontrolled allergies to evolve into a sinus, ear, or upper respiratory infection, like COVID-19.
Even more concerning are those with allergic asthma, whose sensitive air passages may be more reactive to viral and bacterial attack. If your allergy symptoms impair your sleep, your immune system may also suffer, making you more likely to succumb to infection. Should you get sick while suffering from allergic asthma, you could be at greater risk of experiencing complications from the illness.
Allergies weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to getting sick
Our immune system is one of the most fascinating and complex systems in the human body, but it’s not perfect. Allergies themselves happen because our immune system is mistakenly attacking non harmful substances in our body as if they pose a risk to our health.
When our immune system gets put to work hard and often like during allergy seasons, it becomes less efficient. If you think of our immune system as police protecting our body, allergies are basically 911 prank calls that are happening while a bank is getting robbed.
By not treating the source of allergies, we’re not giving our body what it needs to defend itself
Without even accounting for the numerous chronic issues our body tallies up by constantly suffering from allergies, the short term effect of allergies puts our body in a losing scenario against viruses, infections, and germs.
We talk about it all the time, but people don’t take allergies as seriously as they should. We get numb to the pain and suffering caused by allergies and while we may think we’re “fine” or can just “power through,” the reality is when the body is under constant stress it won’t be properly prepared to defend against emergency situations.
There are many things you can do at home that can significantly limit your susceptibility to illnesses. The biggest of these are:
Practice good hygiene - Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face during the day.
Stay home when you’re sick - Don’t be selfish with your illness and bring it to your coworkers. Your body is also recovering at this time, so you want to limit your interactions with people who could also be sick.
Avoid interactions with people who are sick - The best way to not get sick is by not getting introduced to illnesses. If a close friend or loved one is ill, bring them some soup but don’t stick around.
- Out of abundance of caution for our patients, Aspire Allergy & Sinus offers telemedicine consultations that can be done at home by phone or computer. Many other healthcare providers offer the same service so be sure to ask!
More information on how to protect yourself can be found on the CDC website concerning prevention and treatment of illnesses.