We have heard through this time from you all how important it has been to receive your allergy shots and how much it has helped. And that you are already starting to feel the ill effects of not receiving them including respiratory problems.
We have people dying of COVID-19. Many of them died waiting to see their doctor in the office. Many of them waiting on line to get tested. Many of them died waiting to get their test results. As a moral and social obligation to society we feel we must be there for those who are suffering from this pandemic in our country, state and city.
The doctor treats asthma but also many other respiratory conditions and with his background in virology and immunology has been able to successfully diagnose, test and treat more than 15+ COVID-19 patients so far in the last week. Some of whom were very severe. These patients are the same ones like the stories you have all heard. Patients have been sent home from the ER only to return a week later, sicker and developing ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress) becoming intubated in the ICU and dying alone.
When we see someone who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 as many of you who have been my asthma & COPD patients know, we have to spend a very considerable amount of time on that initial visit. Talking, testing, a very long physical examination and an even longer explanation of your diagnosis and all the medications. But this is the critical part of intervention especially in this crisis, because you are able to effectively avert hospitalization and death, to put it frankly.
And I feel the best outcomes are when it is done in a controlled outpatient environment, face to face with a doctor who understands the mechanisms of interaction between our airways, viruses, the cells of the immune system and their cytokine pathways (communicative proteins).
So we have to provide that. To save lives.
This is not a one man show and as all of you that have interacted with the nurses at the office very much know, I am lucky to have some of the most intelligent, sincere and hardest working nurses. There is no way I could offer this service without their express approval & cooperation.
And as you may imagine the demand at our office for treatment of COVID-19 is now unprecedented. It is a great strain on our dwindling resources, manpower and energy.
So we have made the collective decision at this time to not give Allergy Shots and dedicate all our time to staying open and saving lives. The doctor has also accepted a volunteer position to work every third day as a hospitalist/critical care doctor at the NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst, Queens, the hardest hit site of the pandemic.
It was not an easy decision to not do shots. Extremely difficult. An extremely terrible financial mistake. But at this time it is not about finance or money. It is about people. You and your loved ones and the greater good of society.
We understand how important receiving Allergy Shots are to your health. Rhinitis, Asthma even many skin conditions get better. So if you wish to receive your shots at another Allergist or doctor's office willing to give them, we will make every accommodation to transfer your vials. We hope to re-start shots when this pandemic is over. And my sincerest apologies for this inconvenience.