UPDATED - OFFICE POLICIES
June 18, 2020
Due to the recent Pandemic, we are all struggling to get back to our routines, let's keep in mind that we are all in this together.
Even I was sick with COVID 19, I tried to do my utmost to manage patients care and answer questions, via phone calls, Text Messages, Whatsapp and all modes of communications.
Now however, our office has lost nearly HALF of our personnel due to COVID 19 weighing on family dynamics.
Our kids are also home now, and we find it challenging to answer text messages and emails at random times of the day.
We try to accommodate everyone's needs to the nest of our abilities, still providing same day appointments and trying our best to coordinate care for all of our patients.
There are some modes of communications and some requests that we can not and will not accommodate anymore.
1. Requests for medical advice via Text Messages, WhatsApp, or email messages. This includes family and friends.
2. Requests to mail or fax forms to camp or school.
3. Walk-Ins - due to COVID 19, all visits are by scheduled appointment only.
4. Due to COVID 19 - we can not accept transfers of full families from other doctors until further notice. We will accept single newborns 0-12 months old.
5. Due to COVID 19, we decided to postpone charges for most medical forms. We try and provide them on the same or next day as a courtesy. It is the parents responsibility to pick up the forms and ensure that it is received by the camp or school.
6. Requests for letters - may take 1-3 days to fulfill, may require Telehealth or office consultations
We respectfully ask that all consultations go through the front desk and not directly messaged to Dr Simai or Sagee.
We are working on giving patients easier access to consult with us via Zoom or WhatsApp video, but these appointments can not be at random times. They will be set up through our front desk.
We will work hard to rebuild and innovate, and appreciate your co-operation in doing so.
David Elazar Simai & Staff
First, I would like to salute to our dedicated office staff who stand brave by the community even in the face of the risk and uncertainties that the Coronavirus poses.
Second, after going home, we will NOT answer questions about the Coronavirus.
Clearly, everyone in our community was likely exposed to the virus. Therefore, take special precaution not to bring your children into contact with the elderly population.
Second, because we do not know which kids have the virus and which do not, if you could manage having your kids home, it would be ideal. You can take walks around the block, ride bikes and go on hikes.
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO GRANDPARENTS or OTHER FRIENDS HOUSES.
Here are some more information about Coronavirus infections.
Please read this information carefully, if you call us, we are not going to give blank checks and guarantees for people to break quarantine, attend day cares, have play dates, fly, host and visit grand parents against the Department of Health Guidelines.
Remember, as a community our main job is to contain the virus as much as possible in order to protect the elderly population from disaster.
May God Answer Our Prayers and Bring Speedy Recovery to all that need it.
Wishing you the best of Health!
SUMMER CAMP - 2020
Sending our kids to summer camp may offer a respite for many parents and kids alike.
Summer Camps - are insulated from the communities surrounding them and allow teenagers more safety. Please review the need to be well rested and hydrated with your kids, as well as the usual precautions teenagers should take to stay clear of offenders.
Day Camps - children in day camps have a very small chance of contracting COVID 19. I would suggest that if your child attends day camp, he or she should still practice social distancing when around high risk individuals (i.e. an old grandparent).
COVID ANTIBODY TESTING INFO.
Local laboratories started to offer appointments for COVID 19 ANTIBODY TESTING.
Currently, we suggest to use NORTHWELL LABORATORIES for the test. They are located at 674 Central Avenue, just a few steps from our office
This test is a blood test that will tell us if your children have antibodies to COVID 19
If you would like to have your children tested, please call us to schedule a quick consultation. Dr. Simai (or Sagee) will discuss your children's status and let you know if and when the test may be appropriate for your child.
WE WILL NOT CHARGE ANY COPAYS OR DEDUCTIBLES
FOR YOUR TELE-HEALTH CONSULTS.
Once our office receives the results, Dr Simai and Sagee will discuss results via a TeleHealth conversation and answer all your subsequent questions.
Here are a few answers from Dr Simai to some questions you may have:
1. Is the test done at Dr Simai's office?
Answer: No, Northwell Lab will perform the test.
2. How long will it take to get results?
Answer: Between 1-3 days.
3. What does the test mean?
Answer: Having IgG to COVID 19 means that you have antibodies that can fight the virus.
Currently, we do not know how long these antibodies will last. There is a chance to get the infection more than once (we hope that most patients will not be re infected this season, but we are unsure if we could be infected again next year)
4. When is a good time to get tested?
Answer: 2 weeks after the last symptoms of your child's cough.
5. What if my child was not exposed to anyone with COVID-19?
Answer: Great question - you may want to know their status before they attend school, camp or eventually when they meet elderly people. If they do NOT have the COVID 19 ANTIBODY, they may get infected in the FUTURE, and pose a risk to adults they come into contact with.
6. I am 100% sure that my child had COVID 19 - should I still test them?
Answer: It is totally up to the parents discretion to test or not to test their children.
7. If my child has the ANTIBODY to COVID 19, are they NO LONGER CONTAGIOUS?
Answer: Great question. There is still a small chance that your child can shed the virus even if she or he have the ANTIBODY. There is also a chance of your child getting RE-INFECTED. Since COVID 19 is a new virus, there is still a lot for us to learn about it.
Please do not rush to expose them to adults until we send an advisory that it is safe to do so.
Although most people are contagious for 2 weeks after their symptoms end, some can still carry and shed the virus for a MONTH (with time we will learn more about how long COVID 19 is contagious) and as stated above, there is a chance of being RE-INFECTED.
8. I think that my child is sick with COVID 19 today - can I take them to be tested?
Answer - NO. Please do not take your child to the lab if they have any symptoms of COVID 19 - i.e. - cough, fever or runny nose.
Its best to perform the test 2 weeks after your child recovered.
9. Is the Antibody test 100% accurate?
Answer: No. The test is not 100% accurate. There is a chance of a FALSE POSITIVE result (which means that the test detects an antibody that is similar to COVID 19 but the patient is not immune to COVID 19.
10.Why won't your practice prescribe COVID 19 tests for parents?
Answer: Dr Simai is trained to treat children. You, as a parent should have your own Primary Care Provider (PCP) who will manage your health. Treating COVID 19 in pediatrics is very different than adults. In the long run, you will get much better care for yourselves if your health is managed by an Internist rather than a pediatrician.
If you do not have a PCP - you can try and join a practice. If you can not join a practice, you can request an antibody test from an urgent care center. There is a possibility that pharmacies will start testing for COVID 19 antibodies soon as well.
11. How will you receive the prescription?
Answer: Our office is open six days a week. You can pick up the prescription from the office. We will write the prescription after your telehealth appointment. If you would like us to mail or fax you the prescription, please let us know during the Telehealth. Unfortunately, we can not email the prescription.
12. How can I discuss my concerns or request about this antibody test?
Answer: The fastest way is to ask for a Telehealth consult with Dr Simai. If you have a special request, please email DrSimaiPediatrics@Gmail.Com and we will let you know if we can accommodate your request.
WE WILL NOT WRITE AN RX FOR TESTING ADULTS/PARENTS
PARENTS HAVE TO DISCUSS THEIR COVID-19 STATUS
WITH THEIR INTERNIST/PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS.
May God Answer Our Prayers and Bring a Speedy Recovery to all that need it.
Wishing you the best of Health!
David Simai M.D.
Sagee Kahalon PA-C & All The Staff Members
Dr. David E. Simai founded his private practice in 2005 with one objective in mind - taking care of the 5 Towns & Far Rockaway Community's medical needs.
Dr. Simai is a Board Certified Pediatrician. He attended Yeshiva University, SUNY Downstate Medical School and completed his Pediatric Residency at LIJ -Cohen Children's Hospital in 2003.
Dr. Simai was raised in a family of physicians who enjoyed practicing medicine! His father, Dr. Elias Simai, taught & inspired by example, by developing innovative surgical techniques and going the extra mile for every single patient he treated.
Dr. Simai and his staff work tirelessly to tend the needs of all our patients. We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to care for each individual child as if they were our own children.
Being a certified Patient Centered Medical Home, we have adopted the following important standards:
Our parents are trained to tackle medical issues with confidence. Dr. Simai’s mission is to educate parents & forge a lasting, bond of trust, care and support. Working as one with parents to raise a brighter, happier and healthier generation.