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COVID-19 & OUR PRACTICE

As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased effect on our community we will be using this page to connect directly with you on the steps that we are taking at Mona Dermatology to help keep our patients, our employees, and the Cincinnati area safe and healthy.

Most Recent Updates

March 22, 2020 at 4:00pm

A Note from Dr. Mona:

In light of the ever-evolving pandemic we face as a community caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and today’s updated shelter in place order from Governor DeWine, I wanted to update you on proactive decisions that my team and I are making to help support our patients, our staff, and our loved ones.

TELEMEDICINE & VIRTUAL CONSULT HOURS: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (M-F)

  • We will be launching telemedicine (using KLARA, a video platform) for a majority of our patients’ dermatology needs and care.
  • Please call (513.984.4800) or email (hello@monadermatology.com) our office if you would like to schedule a telemedicine appointment.
  • My team and I have worked diligently to find a way to “connect” with you and continue to address your dermatology needs through our Virtual Patient Visit platform.
  • Cosmetic virtual consultations will be available during these hours as well.

IN-PERSON PATIENT VISIT HOURS: 8:00 AM to 12:00 NOON (M-F)

  • Under guidance from the American Academy of Dermatology, Mona Dermatology will remain open to see patients at the office for conditions that are deemed to be essential or an emergency. Essential conditions may include: skin cancer treatments or biopsies, rapidly changing moles, skin infections, or aggressive rashes.
  • We should be able to assess whether you need to be seen through a Virtual Patient Visit.
  • All patients being seen for a face to face visit should come to the appointment alone or have companions stay in the care while they are being seen.

PHONE HOURS: 8:00 AM to 4:00 M (M-F): 513.984.4800

  • Our team will be on the phones during these hours to assist you with all of your dermatology health concerns.

My heart goes out to everyone that has already been affected in so many ways by this pandemic. I urge everyone to do your part and adhere to measures of social distancing and shelter in place to help decrease the spread of this virus. As a country, and as a community, we will work together to overcome our new reality. I will continue to stay in touch weekly via emails and social media where I will include weekly skin care tips. Here is my first tip…

Dr. Mona’s skincare tips: Repeatedly wash your hands without moisturizing them can and will lead to excessively dry and cracked skin. If nothing seems to be helping your dry skin, please call us immediately. We will evaluate you via our Virtual Patient Visit (telemedicine) to assess if you need a prescription cream or ointment.

Thank you for your loyalty,

Dr. Mona S. Foad

Board Certified Dermatologist

 

 

March 10, 2020 at 7:30pm

Ensuring the health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As a reminder, the most effective way to stay healthy is through best health practices to minimize the spread of infectious diseases. The CDC recommends the following to prevent illness:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  7. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    •  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

The following are links to additional resources from the CDC website about COVID-19:

A Note From Dr. Mona:

As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased effect on our community, I feel it’s important to connect directly with you on the steps that we are taking at Mona Dermatology to help keep our patients, our employees, and the Cincinnati area safe and healthy.
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to those that have already been affected. The health and safety of our patients is always my top priority, and this is a rapidly evolving situation that my team and I will continue to monitor. Our practice (clinic) is cleaned and sanitized daily as part of our normal course of business. This includes regularly disinfecting our exam rooms and equipment between patients, in addition we continue to provide resources like hand sanitizer throughout the practice and in all patient areas. We’re also ensuring that our employees have the information they need to stay healthy or to stay home if not feeling well. All of these practices and our daily business decisions are informed by guidance from the CDC, along with local and US government and public health agencies.
Based on guidance we are receiving from various health experts and agencies, our own preparedness and the current state of our operations, I am confident that our practice is safe. You have my commitment to keep you informed as your trusted healthcare partner.
Thank you for your loyalty,
Mona S. Foad, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist