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Yesterday at Norwalk Hospital I received my second Pfizer vaccination for Covid 19. Fortunately, my only side effect is mild soreness at the injection site.  It started last night and is almost gone as I write this at 5 PM the next day.  We will continue social distancing, mask wearing and all the other actions we have been doing since the early part of the pandemic to keep our patients as safe as possible.  Knowing I have been vaccinated should give an added sense of safety to the patients.We care deeply about our patients and wish everyone good health and look forward to a day in the near future where life can return closer to the old normal.

 

 

December 24, 2020
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On December 23, 2020 I went to Norwalk Hospital and had my 1st vaccination for Covid 19. I received the vaccine made by Pfizer. It is truly miraculous that we currently have 2 vaccines that have been cleared by the FDA for emergency use. Previously, the record time for a vaccine to be produced was four years. These vaccines came to market in less than one year. I wanted to share my feelings on the vaccines. The disclaimer is that I am a podiatrist and not an expert on vaccines. I chose to get inoculated at my earliest opportunity because I have confidence in both the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. They have gone through the 3 stages of testing that all vaccines go through. The volunteers that participated in stage III testing were followed for 2 months after their last dose to monitor for any side effects. My understanding is that side effects for vaccines overwhelmingly occur within the first 2 months. Dr. Fauci stated that it is virtually unheard of for unwanted side effects to occur years later. I concluded catching Covid 19 is many times more dangerous that the vaccination. To me it was not only important to protect myself, but I wanted to know I was also protecting my loved ones and my patients and society as a whole. If approximately 75% of the population gets vaccinated we will have what is called herd immunity. This is a situation where it is very difficult for the transmission of the virus to occur in our country therefore protecting those that are unable to get the vaccination due to allergies or other medical conditions. I wish all of you Happy Holidays and a healthy, successful 2021.

 

I hope all are safe and well. In consideration of our patient's health and to maintain a safe environment for them to receive their important foot care, we have implemented a new process at our office. When a patient arrives, he or she calls the office from the parking lot. I personally meet them by the side door which is very close to my suite. I then escort them essentially from the parking lot straight to our office and into the treatment chair. There is no receptionist present and the patient only interacts with me. The patient literally does not have to touch any doors as I escort them in.

We continue to separate our patients on the schedule with the goal of having only one patient in the office at a time. Clorox wipes are utilized between patients. I wear a mask during the entire interaction and of course wash hands thoroughly with soap and water between patients. We also have hand sanitizer out and available for our patient's use.

The healthcare we provide is important. Many of our patient's are at risk of complications if they postpone their treatment and in some cases would end up in the emergency room where they would likely be exposed to many Covid19 infected patients. We are also caring for first responders who can not afford to be hindered by pain or worse as they do their important work. While there are times postponing an appointment makes sense, in many cases the patient remains less likely to contract Covid19 by seening us and not puting off important foot care.

We are all in this together and will make it through.

In good health,
Lonnie Resnick DPM

The nation and the world are facing a challenging time as this new virus takes hold.  At East Avenue Podiatry we care deeply about our patients as people and not just their foot care.  The purpose of this blog is to provide some basic information about the virus and educate you on the steps our office takes daily to maintain the safety of our patients and our staff.  

The Corona virus is a respiratory virus.  It is spread when respiratory droplets from an infected person are released as a result of a cough or sneeze and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.  It can also spread when these droplets are on a surface and a person touches that surface and then touches their nose or mouth area.  

To prevent becoming infected with the virus it is highly recommended that people wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Hand sanitizers are also believed effective in killing the virus.  It is also suggested that people try to avoid situations where large crowds gather close together.  Please note that this virus is more of a health risk to the elderly and those with other health conditions that compromise them, especially respiratory conditions.  It is not recommended that the public utilize face masks unless they are sick.  Frequent rubbing down surfaces with clorox wipes or other disinfectants is effective in killing the virus.  

Summary:

To protect yourself:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or us hand sanitizers.

2. Avoid large crowds of people that are in tight quarters.

3. Wipe surfaces with disinfectants.

4. Stay home if you are sick.

How we protect you and our staff:

1. We are constantly wiping down surfaces with clorox wipes.

2. We wash our hands with soap and water regularly .

3. As the doctor, I use a fresh pair of gloves with every patient.

4. We encourage sick patients not to come in.

5. We schedule our patients in a way that there are not big crowds in our office.

6. We have hand sanitizer available for our patients to use in the office.

Final thought:

By each of us doing our part, we can lower the risk of getting sick while making sure patients are getting the important foot care they need.  

PLEASE DO NOT AVOID GOING TO YOUR DOCTOR VISITS OUT OF FEAR OF THE VIRUS BECAUSE YOU WOULD THEN BE RISKING DEVELOPING OTHER HEALTH ISSUES THAT POTENTIALLY COULD THREATEN YOUR HEALTH MORE THAN THE VIRUS ITSELF.  FURTHERMORE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES WILL LOWER YOUR RESISTENCE TO THE VIRUS AND MAKE YOU MORE PRONE TO CATCHING IT.  

The best policy is to practice the suggestions above and know that we care greatly about your health and well being.  Here at East Avenue Podiatry, you can count on us to practice the above for the benefit of us all.

To good health,

Dr. Lonnie Resnick





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