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February 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Seek medical advice if you have traveled to China in the past 14 days and feel sick. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

You can visit the CDC website for more information. Click here for a Coronavirus fact sheet. 

Free Skin Cancer Screenings with Dr. Hollmig – March 25th

I am happy to announce that I am partnering with Dr. Tyler Hollmig, who is one of the top dermatological specialists in Austin. Dr. Hollmig will be offering free skin checks to my concierge members as a special, added value service on Wednesday, March 25th at our office. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Routine Skin Cancer exams are extremely important in detecting abnormal skin lesions early. Our skin is constantly evolving as we age, and extrinsic factors such as the sun can have a detrimental effect on our skin. Studies show that early exposure to excessive sun at a young age can potentially cause skin cancer later in life. To protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays, wear a broad-spectrum 30 SPF for higher sunscreen every day. Seek shade as often as possible and wear clothing that shields the sun’s rays as often as possible. 

Skin exams are recommended at a minimum of once a year, but with a personal for family history of skin cancer, skin checks are recommended more frequently. If you notice any suspicious spots on your skin or your partner’s skin, or anything that is changing, itching or bleeding, see a board-certified dermatologist.

Dr. Hollmig trained at Stanford University and is currently the Director of Dermatology Surgery and Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology for UT Dell Austin. He offers advanced, highly aesthetic and surgical reconstructions, along with Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, including treatment of wrinkles, sun damage, red and brown spots, scars, unwanted skin lesions, birthmarks, unwanted hair, and other aesthetic therapies. 

To learn more, either give us a call at 512-453-3542 or email us at to schedule your skin check today! 

Wednesday, March 25th 5:30 – 7:30 PM

*Offer for current concierge members of Dr. Roxana Rhodes only*

Flu still “widespread” in Central Texas

Well, the weather is a lot more spring-like that it was a few days ago with our dusting of snow. However, that does not mean that flu season is over – in fact, we are seeing a lot of cases. St David’s is reporting that this season’s flu – both strains A and B – is more widespread compared to last year (story here).

There are some practical steps you can take regarding the flu:

  • Wash your hands, and make sure surfaces are disinfected.
  • Get immunized – it is not too late.
  • Drink water – water can help strengthen your immune system, keeping the flu at bay (from
  • If you get symptoms – the CDC now recommends anti-virals for many patients. Contact our office quickly if you get symptoms – as the sooner you take these, the more effective they are.

Some people have asked about the effectiveness of surgical masks to prevent the flu and other viruses. The answer is “Maybe”, and they certainly don’t hurt. However, they are not 100% effective. If you are sick, they can help prevent you from infecting other family members.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day

Did you know?

The legend of St. Valentine has two popular theories.

1) Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

2) An imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl, possibly his jailor’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

Make today amazing for loved ones around you by loving yourself first. ♥