March 26, 2020 – Sheltering In Place Appears to be Flattening The Curve: Things You Need To Know Now About Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

First, I’d like to send all of you a giant virtual hug. We’re in this crisis together, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather do this with than all of you.

We’ve made it through our first full week of “shelter in place” here in San Francisco. More than that, the shelter in place order in San Francisco and other Bay Area counties, may have helped lead Governor Newsom to issue a similar statewide order last Thursday. These sweeping orders were designed to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) by forcing community-wide social distancing through April 7; however, our sourcs and recent comments by the Governor indicate that shelter in place is likely to be extended through most or all of April. It could be much worse: one family’s grandma grew up in Korea during the Korean War. When asked how she was coping with home quarantine here in the US, she said “Are you kidding” We were bombed everyday back hen, now I’m safe at home with wifi!”

March 18, 2020: Dr. G’s Personal Request to the GetzWell Community

Dear GetzWell Families and Friends,

I never thought I’d be drafting a message like this. GetzWell Pediatrics and your children have been my babies since we opened our doors in 2008 and we have every intention of being here long into the future. And, therein lies the challenge. Not only are we facing a pandemic globally, at GWP we are also managing a small business crisis. Since early March, our business and revenues have dropped precipitously. Just as we are here for our GetzWell community, we are asking for your immediate active support if you have any health care needs in the days ahead.

12.06.2020 Stay at Home Order – GetzWell Remains Open for ALL Appointments

This is important new information about safety protocols and new services that we’re rolling out March 15, 2020 in response to the current pandemic. Please read this carefully and contact us if you have any questions.

The safety and wellness of our patients, parents, and staff are our #1 priority. Informatoin is evolving daily. For now, this is how we’ll be tackling care and safety in our San Francisco offices and in connection with newly expanded house calls and virtual visits.

March 10, 2020 – Flatten The Curve: Things You Need To Know Now About Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

As you are aware, the situation around the SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 crisis is continuing to rapidly evolve. Since my original article about COVID-19 dated February 29th scientists, medical professionals, and even mathematicians have been studying the situation. Communities are beginning to take decisive action, including canceling large group events and “social distancing” is becoming a major focus to avoid transmission of the virus.

DIY Hand Sanitizer & COVID-19 “Panic Buying”

If you’ve been to the store or looked online lately, you may have noticed that the virtual and real life shelves that used to be full of hand sanitizing products are bare. As one local store clerk remarked to me, “Panic buying is great for our business, but it’s terrible for the world.” So true. The person with a big stash of hand sanitizer might feel “prepared” for the COVID-19 pandemic after overbuying, but while that product just sits around in their cabinet, it’s not helping anyone.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Things You Need To Know Now

This flu season has recently gotten more “exciting” with the appearance of a novel coronavirus which at least a few experts now admit has morphed into a pandemic. COVID-19 was first reported to have emerged from a fish market selling wild animals in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and as the virus has spread beyond China and into other countries, including the United States, it has been getting more and more media attention. Even the stock market has experienced violent declines this week as investors increasingly worry about severe business risks.

Tips for Raising Honest Children

We are living in an era of “fake news.” Our leaders persist in getting their facts wrong and various online “news” sources continue to peddle harmful nonsense. While there should always be room for making an innocent mistake and correcting it, lying is another situation entirely. Honesty matters. It’s a key component to healthy relationships. As parents, we want our children to be honest, but how do we encourage truth-telling?

Creating A Better World Through Emotional Intelligence

It’s January 2020, and there are a lot of heavy things happening in the world. Meanwhile, at home, the transition back to “regular life” after the holidays may be proving to be messy. You might be at the point of telling yourself or your partner to “push through!” while telling your kids to stop arguing and put their socks on already. Why would anyone choose this month to focus on emotional intelligence while so many issues—global crises, daily demands, and the challenge of establishing new habits—are smacking us in the face?

Intentions for 2020: Embracing a Healthy Mind and Gratitude

I’d like to ask you an important question: How are you?

It’s such a broad question that you might be tempted to flash a smile and chirp back, “Busy, but great!” even if it’s not true. This time of year is particularly hectic, and while the holidays can be fun and joyful, they can also be stressful, and sometimes depressing. Pretending things are great even when they aren’t can be exhausting, especially if you or a loved one is feeling depressed or anxious. To keep you and your family on track, I’d suggest reflecting on how you are and doing so regularly. This practice helps you notice if you are showing up in the ways you want or lets you decide what changes to make and identify when you need some additional support. In other words, asking yourself this simple questions may simplify staying true to your intentions.

Boost Your Immunity

You can feel it—autumn is here. Halloween is behind us, we have switched the clocks back from daylight savings time, and the air is getting chillier. With this seasonal shift, many of us are already dealing with more colds and other viruses. And even though we grown-ups may be thoroughly washing our hands for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching our faces, others (including our children) are still learning to do those things consistently. The bottom line is this: we’re all around germs every day and nobody wants to get sick. So what are our best defenses? And how do we boost our immunity? Read on! We have answers.