Although the COVID-19 situation has changed how we currently operate in our daily lives, Allergy & Asthma Physicians is still here to support our patients.
Our office remains open so that you can receive the care you and your family need, and we have changed our way of seeing patients to minimize your exposure while you are here. We continue to perform procedures that can be done safely for our patients and staff, including skin testing for environmental, food, venom and Penicillin allergies, oral immunotherapy for peanut, baked egg and baked milk, allergy shots and biologics.
To safeguard the health of our patients and staff, we implemented the following procedures until the current COVID-19 outbreak has been stabilized:
- We are offering telemedicine appointments, which are live video appointments conducted through a HIPAA compliant telemedicine platform. These virtual visits can be conducted via our website or your smartphone or tablet.
- To reduce the number of persons in our offices, we may ask you to wait in your vehicle until your appointment begins or after receiving your shot.
- We are screening all patients at the door, including checking temperatures. Patients with a fever will be asked to reschedule their appointment.
- We have decreased the amount of seating available in our waiting room and will be disinfecting it regularly throughout the day.
- To minimize exposure, adult patients should come alone to appointments and pediatric patients should be accompanied by only one adult.
- All patients (over the age of 2) and staff are required to wear face coverings in the waiting room and care areas at all times.
Changes to our shot clinics
- We’ve updated our shot clinic hours. Please continue to access our injection clinic calendar here for up to date scheduling.
- Walk-in shot clinic patients are still accepted.
Recommendations for our patients
If you have a fever, cough, or sore throat, have recently traveled, or had any contact with a person with COVID-19 and/or a person who has been under quarantine, please stay home and call your primary care provider or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure you receive care, if needed. We do not have access to testing kits for COVID-19. If you are having difficulty breathing and suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you will need to go to a hospital that can prepare to see you and provide the proper treatment.
For our asthma patients:
- Please make sure your inhalers and nebulizer medications are up to date and well stocked. If you have been seen in our practice within the last year, we can refill those medications. Be sure nebulizers are working.
- Consider keeping a small finger oxygen saturation monitor on hand at home. If you are having trouble breathing you can check your oxygen level and contact us if it’s low. Normal is typically 97% and up. Below 94% is an indication you need to see a healthcare provider.
- Keep a thermometer available and check that it is working. Keep medications for fevers available at home and check their expiration dates. Know your child’s correct dose.
- Get an influenza vaccine if you did not already have one.
For our immune deficient patients:
Patients with weakened immune systems are at risk for more severe disease if they are infected with Covid-19. Gamma globulin infusions do NOT protect against Covid-19. Immune deficient patients should follow all precautions recommended for the general population, especially concerning hand hygiene and respiratory protection when there is risk of contagion. Immune deficient individuals should consider postponing any travel to areas of high Covid-19 activity, and should avoid crowded environments, in general, until the public health agencies have declared that the level of risk has subsided.
To reduce your risk of COVID-19 infection, you can follow the CDC guidelines for prevention.
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash, and washing your hands
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Staying home when you are sick
- Some also advise avoidance of shaking hands and other contact
Please visit the CDC website for most up to date information on COVID-19.