We will not be offering the COVID-19 vaccine at the office, however we do recommend that everyone receive the vaccine. Please contact your local pharmacy or the Health Department to schedule your vaccine
Flower Mound Family Physicians is open and offering Telemedicine for your healthcare needs during this pandemic. Please call us before coming to the office and we will initially screen you by phone, because if you likely have COVID-19, we cannot allow you to risk exposure to our other patients. We will care for you, guide you, and serve you in the safest manner possible.
We are confident, and the data confirms, that most people will only have a mild illness. But our duty is to protect the weakest among us.
Social isolation is the best advice. Please Stay Home.
One of the most concerning discoveries about Covid-19 is how often it’s carried by people with either no symptoms or very mild symptoms. That’s good news for most of you. But it’s very bad news for the people that you contact who may develop complications. The people we see in our office are often the very patients that can’t tolerate this disease.
No one has ever had Covid-19 before, so no one is immune to it. Until a significant number of people have had it, recovered, and developed immunity, it will continue to spread extremely fast.
No other diseases chose to take a break during this pandemic. Diabetes, heart disease, and abdominal pain will still occur, and we want to be there for you. For your safety and convenience, we are serving most patients, whenever possible, by Telemedicine. We will file your Telemedicine visit with your insurance, and your copays or deductibles will still apply.
By now you’ve heard news of possible treatments. Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine are being studied and show some promise in small trials on a handful of people. These meds are not approved yet and are far from proven. But most relevant, they aren’t even available. No pharmacies have any left so we cannot prescribe these medications. We can’t get them either. And there may be better options on the way, with some anti-viral meds being studied.
Vaccines are at least a year away. We can’t make any present decisions based on future vaccines. But we are thankful for the scientists dedicated to finding those solutions.
Every family is affected, from worried moms and hungry children, to business owners losing a lifetime of sacrifice. Each life makes a difference and each person matters.
Finally, let me thank all involved in fighting this disease. This is not just an American problem. This is a human crisis. And in every country, there are healthcare providers and volunteers running into the storm to help another. Heroism is often a quiet act, and most are never seen, but each is proof of a goodness greater than our sum.
James R. Long, M.D.