This is a collection of our May newsletters that we’ve been sending out to patients.
King County Public Health tracks 27 reportable infectious diseases and reports the data monthly. The numbers for April 2020 show a huge drop in cases of food-borne illness, as well as for most types of STDs. It makes sense. Group picnics and barbecues, as well as eating at food carts, buffets, and delis, have virtually disappeared due to COVID-19. Social isolation has also meant genital isolation, which resulted in 58% fewer cases of gonorrhea, 66% fewer cases of syphilis, and 93% fewer cases of chlamydia vs April 2019. To quote Caddyshack, so we got that goin’ for us, which is nice.
You are getting tired of COVID-19. We are getting tired of COVID-19. Reopening attempts have begun. They look different in different places. Trade-offs between different paths forward are rabidly discussed. It is hard not to feel anxious. Yet, we will get through this as a society and we feel it is our role to provide you the highest level of primary medical care possible to achieve your health ambitions. We loved telemedicine before COVID-19. We also believe that your physical visits to our clinic are of lower contagion risk than are your visits to grocery stores, which themselves are low risk if done smartly. We are here. We are open. You are our patient family.
Hey Wise Patients! We thank you for sticking with us as we navigate pools and pools of hastily done studies, information (and misinformation), articles, etc. Never hesitate to send us any questions you may have about COVID-19 whether it’s about infection, safety practices, or even antibody testing.