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Medical Topics from Dr. Patrick O’Connell

Coronavirus Update: Nine Key Points

Coronavirus Update: Nine Key Points to Know and Share We’re entering phase 2 of reopening and we’re all overloaded with info on coronavirus, so here are my 9 keys points to know and share: 1. Nomenclature:  the term “coronavirus” refers to a family of viruses that includes the current virus that we are dealing with. “Coronavirus” can be used to indicate the family or this specific species.  “SARS-CoV-2” is the official name for the current virus; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus number 2.  COVID-19 is the name of the disease; COronaVIrus Disease 2019 2. SARS-CoV-2 spreads the same way as familiar cold viruses: airborne transmission from [...]

May 22nd, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Alternative Medicines and Primary Care Doctors

Alternative Medicines & Your Primary Care Doctor Do You Tell Your Primary Care Doctor about All Your Treatments? Would you believe that over half of patients using complementary and alternative medicines won't tell their doctors about it? That means that their doctor may not find out about their use of St. John's Wort (for depression symptoms), and the patient won't learn that it interferes with their prescription medications. Almost half of US adults use some form of alternative medicine Over half won't tell their doctors** Not disclosing your complementary and alternative medicine treatments with your doctor can harm your [...]

Dr. O’Connell Discusses Antibody Testing on Faith Works on Catholic 540 AM Radio

Dr. O'Connell Explains Antibody Testing on the radio show Faith Works Catholic 540 AM Radio In this interview that aired April 17, 2020, Ellen speaks with Dr. O’Connell about antibody testing that is starting to become available and how this antibody testing can be used in the response to coronavirus. He also discusses asymptomatic infection and talks briefly about the unintended harms that come from fear and the societal response to coronavirus. Ellen’s intro to the show: “Faith Works highlights individuals that put their faith in to action every day. Amazing people who have an interesting and sometimes [...]

April 29th, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Radio Interviews|

Dr. O’Connell Explains Covid-19 and Answers Listener Questions on Faith Works on Catholic 540 AM Radio

Dr. O'Connell Explains Covid-19 and Answers Listener Questions on Faith Works on Catholic 540 AM Radio Ellen’s intro to the show: “Faith Works highlights individuals that put their faith in to action every day. Amazing people who have an interesting and sometimes overlooked impact on our Catholic faith. We share their stories” Catholic 540 AM - https://catholic540am.org Divine Mercy Radio - station covers over 90% of the parishes in central and eastern NC. In this interview, Ellen speaks with Dr. O’Connell about the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19. She asks him to explain how the virus is transmitted, [...]

March 24th, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Radio Interviews|

How Sentinel is Protecting Our Patients

How Sentinel is Protecting Our Patients Here are the steps we are taking during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. O'Connell in his protective mask and goggles. When you call to make an appointment or if you have a previously scheduled appointment, we will ask you: What symptoms are you experiencing Have you taken your temperature and what is it Have you been exposed to COVID-19 Based on your responses, we will determine next steps. If we ask you to come to the office to get tested for COVID-19, the following system is in place. Please call us [...]

March 21st, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

How to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus

Flattening the Curve: Trying to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus North Carolina's schools are closed; the stock market is a roller coaster; NC's governor has banned gatherings over 50. Society seems upside down, and it has an unnerving feel, so the question is: how does this make sense? How does all this Herculean effort help? Separate from debates over how intensive the isolation efforts should be, the rationale for these efforts turns out to be pretty interesting and straightforward. Read more below. The way the Herculean effort helps is to slow the rate of people coming down with life-threatening [...]

March 19th, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Coronavirus COVID-19 Questions & Answers

Coronavirus COVID-19 Takeover It feels like coronavirus is taking over every aspect of our lives-- travel disruption, the stock market roller coaster, now even the ACC basketball tournament has been canceled! Amidst the upheaval, information can be useful and reassuring, so let me update my practical points from my email last week. 1. What to do if you get sick with a bad “cold”? Two weeks ago the question would have been flu or a cold, but now the question is flu or a cold or coronavirus. As of right now (I’m sure my approach will change as the [...]

March 10th, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Novel Coronavirus – First Thoughts

Novel Coronavirus - First Thoughts I have to admit to enjoying sci-fi pandemic movies like 12 Monkeys or the 1971 movie Andromeda Strain.  I’m not a fan when it’s real life however. I was talking to a friend last weekend who expressed concern over the possible societal impact of the novel coronavirus--a form we have not seen before--and I thought, “Eh, what's the worry?” Then I saw the news headlines on Monday. And on Tuesday. And on Wednesday. But what are we all supposed to do? It’s not like I can invent a cure or prevent international spread. Instead [...]

March 3rd, 2020|Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Do You Know Who Is Making Your Medical Decisions?

Who Makes Your Medical Decisions? Ever wonder what patient-centered medical care would be like? Talk to us about direct primary care with Sentinel. Why Direct Primary Care? A question we frequently hear is, "Why would I need the kind of direct primary care that Sentinel provides when I have insurance?" The answer can be complex, but at its core is bringing health care decisions closer to you. Do You Know Who Makes Your Healthcare Decisions? For many years now, medical insurance companies have been intricately involved in your healthcare. We recommend reading Dr. Deane Waldman's [...]

January 21st, 2020|Direct Primary Care|

Exercise Trends: 10,000 Steps

10,000 Steps Do you really need to take 10,000 steps a day? The Japanese Symbol for 10,000 looks a little like a person walking. Taking 10,000 steps a day is a pretty good target if you need a target, but you should know that the whole “10,000 steps” thing was invented in 1969 by a company that wanted to sell pedometers. It happens that the Japanese character for “10,000 steps” looks a little bit like a man walking. As early as 2010, when few people wore fitness trackers, Fitbit itself said that the goal was arbitrary. If [...]

November 4th, 2019|Exercise|