Respiratory health recommendations are constantly updated. This information was last updated on April 30, 2023
As we settle into the endemic phase of the COVID-19 virus, it is important to take steps to prevent respiratory infection, but it is equally important to remain as healthy as possible. The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center is helping with both by encouraging the use of telemedicine services to keep patient traffic in the office low, and taking additional steps towards preventing virus transmission when patients do need to come into the office for injections or testing. If you have an in-person visit scheduled, please read through the following information prior to your appointment.
Wear a mask to the office
Many of our patients have respiratory or immune compromise and are at increased risk of serious complications if infected by respiratory viruses such as influenza, RSV, or COVID-19. Thus, to protect our patients, all staff will wear masks at all times. Patients in our office for longer periods of time for in-person visits or any kind of lung or allergy testing are required to wear masks at all times when in the office. Masks are strongly encouraged for patients receiving injections in the office. We continue to monitor wastewater levels of coronavirus and will require masks for injection patients when levels rise into the Moderate or High range. Text message reminders for injections will start to contain a notification week to week whether masks are required based on conditions.
Wash your hands when you arrive at the office
All patients must wash their hands with soap for 20-30 seconds prior to entering our office. Try hard not to touch your face with your hands and don't touch anything to the extent possible while you're in the office.
Other steps we are taking
As a medical practice, we have always had our providers wash their hands before working with patients, and our staff wipe down surfaces with disinfectant between patients. We have continued these practices and increased our deep cleaning at the end of each day since respiratory virus infection has become of increasing concern. Social distancing is maintained to the extent possible, with brief exceptions for procedures such as allergy skin testing or administration of injections. Our spirometry rooms are vented to the outside such that the air is exchanged no fewer than 12 times per hour, in accordance with CDC guidelines for airborne infection isolation.