David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

Corona Virus Update

4/2/2020-

We have successfully initiated our telemedicine capabilities and are able to conduct virtual follow ups or initiate new consultations.

The novel corona virus, Covid-19, is affecting us all. While some things will change at least in the short term, what will not change is my commitment, and that of my staff, to take care of you as one of our patients.

One of our staff members will be in the office during normal business hours to answer the phones and to send out orders from our online store.

Virtual Consultations and Follow-Up

If you are interested, please use this form to request your consultation, and select the “virtual consultation” option. You can also call us during normal business hours and we’ll get you all set up. All you need is a device with a camera (phone, tablet or computer). Once we have you on the schedule, we’ll send you a link for your virtual visit.

Currently, we are under a Shelter at Home mandate until April 7 and are unable to perform elective surgery until April 14. It is likely that the moratorium on elective surgery will be extended. We will update you as we have new information.Our hope is that by complying with the Shelter at Home order we may limit the spread of Covid-19. We hope you will do the same.

We must all act wisely and not panic. Our efforts in our personal lives should be to limit the spread of Covid-19. If we make necessary sacrifices now, we hope to limit the time course of these sacrifices. If we do not, we may be dealing with this for months to come. This is no exaggeration. We have not seen a public health crisis like this in our lifetimes.

Please consider the following:

  • Social distance however you can.
  • Limit all travel.
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more, fewer is better.
  • If you have traveled out of the country, or in or through an area where there are concentrations of cases (i.e. Nashville, Atlanta, New York, Florida, California, Washington state, etc.) please consider self-quarantining or sheltering at home for two weeks.
  • If you have had contact with someone who is under investigation for Covid-19, consider self-quarantining as well.

Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines as listed below.

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following precautionary measures and guidelines to keep you healthy and prevent the spread of Coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Keep away from others that are sick.
  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.

According to the CDC, if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you please take steps to safeguard others and remain at home.

As this is a fluid and rapidly changing situation, we will update this regularly as the need arises. Please take care of yourself and your family members.

All the best,
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David B. Reath, MD

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