Third doses of COVID-19 vaccines are now available to moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals.
Is it true that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility?
NO. THIS MYTH IS FALSE.
There is no evidence to date that the vaccine causes any problems with fertility, in women or men, or pregnancy. Click the link below to learn more.
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
For those of you who want a more “traditional vaccine” against COVID, Novavax uses a recombinant technology like the Hepatitis B Vaccine used to protect our babies for decades. Click the link below to learn more.
New and up-to-date information about the vaccine in the state can be found by clicking the link below.
The CDC and FDA have made NO changes in recommendations for the COVID vaccination. Click the link below for more information.
Testing is available in many locations throughout Connecticut. Anyone experiencing symptoms, or who would like to discuss testing for other reasons (exposure, work related, return to college, etc.), please contact our office to discuss the next steps.
Our office is currently testing symptomatic and asymptomatic patients for COVID-19. Please call our office to make an appointment.
The tests our office uses is a rapid result antigen test and nasal swab PCR test. The sensitivity for the rapid result antigen test is ~85% and 15 minutes to results. The sensitivity for the nasal swab PCR test is ~98% and time to results is currently 1 to 3 days (subject to change).
Serum antibody testing is also NOT recommended for diagnostic purposes, but is being used for those who have had COVID and want to donate plasma or for seroprevalence research purposes. Ongoing validation of Antibody testing continues, dependent upon community prevalence of COVID.
For a full list of up-to-date testing sites accepting patients, please click the link below.
COVID Act Now is a website with real-time, local COVID data. A multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts, and public policy leaders working to provide disease intelligence and data analysis on COVID in the U.S.
How To Prepare for a Telemedicine Appointment
Well care appointments are still important to continue, when at all possible. Young children, especially, need to get physicals and vaccines that protect them from illnesses much more serious to them than Coronavirus. We have implemented procedures to keep them and you safe. We are following appropriate CDC recommendations, cleaning intensely and often.
How To Prepare for a Visit to Our Office
In order to donate, a person must have had a positive COVID-19 test, be symptom-free for at least 14 days with a repeat negative swab or 28 days symptom-free with no need for a repeat swab. Click on the link below to learn more and to sign-up today.
In order to donate, a person must be 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. (or meet the requirement if older), be in good health, and have a prior verified diagnosis of COVID-19, but are now symptom free and fully recovered. Click on the link below to learn more and to sign-up today.
Community Responsibility: The CDC and Health Department are trying to limit the spread, or at least slow it down. Self-quarantine, containment areas and social distancing are implemented for that purpose. Please follow the policies and procedures put in place for all our safety
The best way to stay healthy is practicing good hand washing, remembering not to touch your face, and social distancing.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19? It is important to emphasize the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 remains low. Most infected people will experience mild upper respiratory symptoms, including cough, fever, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath. Some people, including the elderly and those with COPD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are at greater risk and may require more intensive care and/or hospitalization. Please go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, here, to learn more about people at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
What should I do if I think I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
First, limit your interactions with others as much as possible. Call our office to discuss concerns and symptoms at (203) 426-3267. We are scheduling telemedicine appointments for all sick patients.
Please be sure to report any of the following:
Can I be tested for COVID-19?
Yes, our office is currently testing for COVID-19 at the car, after a telemedicine appointment with one of our providers. Please call our office to make an appointment.
Household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting may have close contact with a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or a person under investigation. Close contacts should monitor their health; they should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat)
Close contacts should also follow these recommendations:
To see the entire web page, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html