Patients come to Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills for dermatologic services, so COVID-19—the novel coronavirus responsible for the current pandemic—is not something we diagnose or treat. However, as physicians, we are devoted to promoting health in our community. With that in mind, here are three things we would like our patients and others to keep in mind during this time of disruption:
Wash Your Hands
All doctors are rigorously trained in the art of hygiene. We keep everything clean—constantly—and that especially includes our hands. Please, practice good hand-washing at home and wherever else you may be. You touch so many surfaces each day, including your face, which makes it easy for viruses to move from a doorknob or keyboard or countertop to your nose or mouth. In order to ensure a thorough and proper wash, use soap (not just water), count 20 to 30 seconds, and scrub the entire time. Don’t let the stream from the faucet just push the soap off your hands.
Keep Your Distance
All throughout the country, and especially in California, the idea of “social distancing” has been implemented in an effort to minimize contact between people. The idea is to give viruses fewer opportunities to spread. Some cities have instituted orders that people stay home, while others have merely recommended that citizens voluntarily practice self-isolation. Whatever your local rules, please be wise about your interactions with others. Cancel nonessential appointments, and absolutely refrain from visiting anyone if you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath.
Don’t Ignore Other Medical Issues
The national (and global) focus right now seems to be on lungs, but people can—and will—continue to have medical problems that impact other parts of the body, such as their skin. Melanoma, for example, is a very serious form of skin cancer, with rapid diagnosis and treatment vital to as successful an outcome as possible. If you have a medical question related to skin health, call our team at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills at 310-246-0495 to get answers as to what you should do next. For other inquiries, you can write us a message online.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.