1. Option for tele-medicine for all appropriate visits: doxy.me/drscala . This can be used on your cell phone or computer. You will need to call for an appointment, and we will schedule a time to talk to Dr. Scala on a video conference call. This is a HIPAA compliant secure medical video conference. No information is recorded or stored on any computer server. Dr. Scala will manually enter the visit in the electronic medical record at the office.
2. Dr Scala has suspended all billing statements to patients starting March 19, for 30 days. We will still be billing the insurance.
Updated March 20, 2020
1. Coronovirus in humans cause the common cold.
2. The majority of people exposed to COVID-19 will have a common cold
3. Children have the lowest risk and mildest infection, with no documented deaths worldwide of any child less than 9 years.
4. Data in the United States show less than 1% of hospitalized cases are < 19 years old.
5. The highest risk is men over 65 years old, and people with chronic illness, specifically lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and immune system issues.
6. Symptoms are cough, fever and shortness of breath
7. If you feel sick, but are breathing well and drinking fluids, the best thing to do is to STAY AT HOME.
8. Washing hands well (20 SECONDS – PALMS, BACKS OF HANDS, NAILS), and not touching your face are very helpful in preventing illness.
9. We are now facing the situation of community transmission. Currently with schools closed and large events cancelled, AVOIDING CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE is now recommended to slow the spread. Which means STAY AT HOME as much as possible. 6 feet or 2 meters distance from others when outside.
10. Slowing the spread of the virus is basically to prevent the HEALTHCARE system from becoming overwhelmed. There is a limited number of doctor office visits and beds at the hospital.
11. Do NOT go to the ER for COVID testing, unless you are having serious symptoms (difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc).
12. To protect the vulnerable and elderly in our communities, it is YOUR responsibility to isolate yourself and your family. The majority of people will get better at home.
13. Please be reasonable and respectful to protect the health of our community and allocate resources efficiently.
Often called 'Medicine for Adults, Internal Medicine specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of diseases in adults.