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CMO Covid Blog Telehealth Orange County

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | December 15, 2020 |

Last week, we gave a special bulletin on five items relating to the pandemic. To update this week, we enlisted the help of one of the most famous doctors of all time. He did this by eavesdropping on Annie, a young adult who sported a “good Annie” on one shoulder, and a “bad” Annie on the other.  #1-…

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CMO Covid Patient Bulletin Urgent Care California December 2020

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | December 8, 2020 |

Special Bulletin- We want to alert our Caduceus and PDQ patients to new developments regarding Covid —the usual disclaimer These apply ONLY to our patients, other health systems may be experiencing different scenarios, or perhaps not reporting them. 1. New presentation of Covid2. Testing shortage looming3. New saliva testing update4. News on vaccinations5. How to reach us 1. New presentation of…

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Testing Testing 1-2-3

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | July 16, 2020 |

COVID 19…Testing…Testing…Testing… 1-2-3     For my fellow baseball fans, this is a good time to recall the beloved Yogi Berra who told a post-game interviewer after a bad loss… “We made too many wrong mistakes.” That sums up my viewpoint on our response to the Covid pandemic, both nationally and here in California. I have been purposely apolitical during the…

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Covid Diagnostic and Antibody Testing Updates for Orange County

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | July 7, 2020 |

We have been pushing the mantra of– Know if you’re contagious Know if you’re immune  Test. Test. Test.  We are all aware of the large spike in new Covid cases recently. This has created a unprecedented demand for the PCR swab test. We continue to do these curbside on a near daily basis. That will…

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A Word of Caution as We Reopen in California

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | June 12, 2020 |

As we reopen our cities, schools, restaurants, and theaters, we can celebrate the Covid-19 virus has finally flattened the curve, and new cases are dropping over California.  Just like the flu, the Covid virus is dying off after four months, and society can finally resume life as it was in 2019, before this worldwide nightmare began.…

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Ode to the Mask… A Message from our CMO

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | June 4, 2020 |

Ode to the Mask (with apologies to any other “Ode to the Mask” ever written) Oh my wondrous mask!You protect me from viruses unknownYou are the mightiest defense I own Oh my magnificent mask!Some accuse that you are a shamOthers say you are worse than spam Oh my beautiful mask!Sometimes you hide a smileOr show an image…

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CMO Perspective on Covid-19 over the Last Two Months

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | May 22, 2020 |

COVID-19….the first 60 days from the Caduceus perspective.  Caduceus started testing for Covid in mid-March. We began treating patients within days and started accepting referrals in early April. Overall we have tested over 2000 patients in our three OC testing sites and have actively treated over 85 cases with a “Covid Team” approach. Approximately half have recovered; the other half…

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Covid 19- Our CMO Answers Your Questions

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | April 14, 2020 |

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER GREGG DENICOLA MD Is this the real life?  Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide; no escape from reality. Freddie Mercury did not know his lyrics would be so prophetic when he wrote them 45 years ago. He asked two very poignant questions but never really answered them,…

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Covid19 Treatment- What You Need to Know

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | April 9, 2020 |

As more of our patients test positive for COVID19, it’s a good time to look at treatment options. Caduceus and PDQ is actively managing a case load of over 50 cases, all accumulated over the last three weeks. There will be more by the time you read this; we take on additional cases every day.…

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COVID-19 TESTING 101

By Gregg DeNicola, MD Chief Medical Officer | March 31, 2020 |

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER GREGG DENICOLA MD One of the most heated topics when reviewing patient feedback on our blog involves COVID-19 testing and the length of time to receive results as well as the availability of tests. We sympathize on the turn-around time complaints as we are as anxious to get…