March 26, 2020
During the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, our #1 priority is the health and safety of our patients. We treat a great number of patients who suffer from conditions like depression, PTSD, and anxiety, and whose symptoms have a significant impact on their ability to live their lives. For these individuals, TMS provides a “second chance” that medication and therapy often could not provide.
Though we deeply, deeply wish we could continue to provide TMS services for our patients during this difficult time, it’s unfortunately no longer safe for us to perform TMS sessions at our office. In accordance with New York State’s “on PAUSE” order, we’ve temporarily closed our office.
Telemedicine Options: Schedule a Video Appointment with Dr. Woo
Dr. Woo is currently providing telemedicine consults via phone or video conference. To schedule an appointment, call our telemedicine line at (917) 513-8537 or click here to make a video appointment online.
Video appointments are available for patients seeking general psychiatric consultations and/or medication management, as well as patients interested in starting TMS when our office reopens. If you’re interested in starting TMS, the initial consultation phase can begin now over the phone, which will help us begin your sessions sooner once we’re open again.
Though we regret having to pause treatment for our patients, as a healthcare provider, we’re committed to doing our part to help curb the number of new cases in New York. The best way we can do that right now is by reducing our patients’ and staff’s risk of being exposed to the virus by temporarily closing.
What Is Coronavirus/COVID-19?
A “coronavirus” is a family of viruses that cause flu-like illnesses. COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus that first appeared in 2019, and has spread rapidly across the globe.
Most people who contract COVID-19 will become mildly ill and recover at home, but some people will become more seriously ill and require hospitalization. Learn more about COVID-19 on the CDC’s website.
Why Is it Important to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19?
It’s important for all Americans to take steps to prevent the spread of the virus, because a sudden spike in the number of hospitalizations can overwhelm our healthcare system. When a hospital is overwhelmed, patients are in danger because:
- Fewer beds, equipment, and supplies are available.
- Care providers have less time for each patient, which means a lower quality of care.
- Outbreaks tend to cluster in geographic areas, which means that other hospitals in the same area are also overwhelmed – so transferring patients or supplies from one hospital to another is not an option.
It’s important to practice social distancing, wash our hands regularly, and cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze. Learn more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the CDC’s website.
How Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?
If someone has contracted COVID-19, symptoms will usually appear 2-14 days after they’ve been exposed. The most common initial symptoms are:
- Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
If you’d like to be tested for COVID-19, please call the New York State Health Department at 1-888-364-3065, or contact your local health department.
Currently, only the Health Department can perform tests. Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry is not able to perform or authorize testing for COVID-19. Learn more about testing in New York State.
We look forward to reopening soon and seeing our patients again. To see one of our providers now, click here to make a telemedicine appointment.