COVID-19

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On this page, learn more about Wise Patient’s response to COVID-19, things you can do to effectively spend your time and links to learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

WISE PATIENT’S RESPONSE

Testing Landscape: 

While we remain hopeful of continued advances in the testing pipeline including rapid-testing kits, expanded supplies, and the rollout of antibody screening (blood test which confirms exposure, with possible evidence of immunity against subsequent infection), our current testing capacity remains limited but available to you.

Virtual Visits for Non-Members:

We have considered our place in the community, and what we can do to help increase access to medical care for those in need throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. So, at this time, we’re offering two options:

  1. A Virtual Membership*: Costs $75/month and available as an option for all those interested. Per its name, all physician contact is virtual and there are no in-person appointments. If you’d like an in-person appointment, consider transferring over to our Concierge Medicine Membership (same price).
  2. A Virtual Visit*: A one-time, $75 cash telemedicine visit for non-established members. The appointment will only cover 1 main health concern.

We hope this may help serve as a stopgap in addressing our community’s health care needs, as well as preventing face-to-face visits which may strain the capacity of our region’s urgent/emergent care centers and potentially expose patients.

If a patient is happy with their care, we will give them the option to use their payment for the televisit towards their first month’s membership with Dr. Naomi Lee.

We encourage any interested parties to reach out if they have questions.

*For both plans, insurance isn’t required. 

USEFUL WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TIME

What you can do to keep yourself healthy:

  • Get outside – especially with the weather being nice, getting outside for a walk either alone or with a family member, while staying 6 feet away from other individuals is a great way to continue to get exercise and fresh air.  It’s good for our physical and psychological health.
  • Continue to exercise at home. Gyms and yoga have closed leaving many of us without the routine and social connection to keep us in our exercise routines.  There are options to join classes from home through many different studios. Some include: kpffitness.punchpass.com – live streaming fitness and yoga classes for free/donation as long as social distancing measures are in place, 8limbsyoga.com is also currently offering free live stream classes.
  • Stay connected socially through technology.  We humans are social animals and social distancing goes against all of our instincts.  It is so simple, but it is hard. Use technology to stay in touch with friends and loved ones through audio and video chatting, but minimize the amount of time that you spend on social media.  The relationship between increased time on social media and anxiety is probably linear.
  • Getting groceries – buying groceries may be the one reason most people need to leave their homes.  Here are some tips for making that as low risk as possible:
    • If you have symptoms like a cough, fever or shortness of breath, ask a friend or neighbor for help in getting your groceries or use a grocery delivery service.

If you are a patient at high risk of complications (age >60, pregnant, immunocompromised, chronic lung or kidney disease), there are several grocery stores that are creating periods of time when access will be restricted to other people at high risk.  (QFC, Target, Uwajimaya, Albertsons, Safeway are among stores currently offering this). This will eliminate exposure to other people there, but will not remove the necessity of careful handwashing, avoiding touching your face, etc. Do self check out when possible to minimize the number of hands touching your groceries.

What you can do to help:

  • Donate blood.  Given the social distancing measures, blood drives that usually occur to maintain our regions supply of blood have been cancelled.  Our current blood stock is low. Bloodworks NW is asking for blood donations. If you are healthy and meet their criteria, you could consider donating blood. https://www.bloodworksnw.org/ to schedule an appointment.
  • Donate funds! In times like this when individuals are hoarding food from those who need it, food security becomes more important for those who are at risk. Northwest Harvest is committed to promoting healthy eating while reducing hunger. At this time, people are in need of food more than ever, so consider donating to them today to help them purchase food for communities that need it.
  • Send letters/cards to residents of nursing homes.  Do you have kids at home from school closures? Consider having them create artwork and write letters to send to nursing homes and retirement communities where residents are isolated.

INFORMATIVE LINKS

Want to learn more about Novel Coronavirus 2019? Check out these links below!