Do you anticipate another spike in COVID-19 cases?
Dr. Nunnery: Well, the short answer is that we don’t know 100%. However, what we do know is that we need to be prepared. I don’t know about you, but I grew up as a scout. And we were told to be prepared.
How can we prepare?
Dr. Nunnery: I think it’s fair to say that we were all caught off guard, and we were suddenly told that the city was being shut down. We were told that we had to be in our homes and self-isolate. We were told, basically, “This starts today.” That caused a big panic, and many patients were nervous and scared.
Now, we can look at lessons learned over the past 2 1/2 months. In our offices, we are welcoming patients. Our offices are very safe. Our staff is following the state and national guidelines for safety. And we are encouraging our patients to come into our office for necessary exams, laboratory testing, and radiology testing, such as mammography.
We are also scheduling our patients for follow-up visits in the fall, as both in-person or virtual visits, whichever the patients prefer. I think it’s important to note that COVID-19 is not the only medical condition that physicians are here to treat. Other medical health conditions still exist and still require diagnosis and treatment. We are available for our patients.
Any final thoughts you’d like to share?
Dr. Nunnery: Yes, I want to say that our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants have been very excited to add telemedicine to our practices. We have enjoyed working together with our medical teams in providing care for our patients in their homes and offices. We’ve considered it an honor for our patients to welcome us into their homes. It is a privilege that we don’t take lightly. And I want to thank all of our patients for the opportunity to be able to care for them both in-person and virtually.
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