In the clinic

We are accepting new patients 18 years of age and older.

Please call the office to schedule an appointment.

We are screening ALL patients for COVID19 symptoms at the time of appointment confirmation.

We are conducting televisits. Please sign and return these forms: About Telemedicine. Consent for telemedicine.

If you require a physical exam, we are seeing asymptomatic patients in the office. 

If you are ill, please let us know at the time you schedule your appointment. We have a separate protocol to see you if you are sick.

Our COVID numbers are decreased but our variants are rising.  Please continue to mask and distance. When eligible, vaccination is recommended.  Keep in mind that COVID vaccination does not cover variants as well, and we are still far from herd immunity.  The good news is that we are heading in a good direction. 

Starting today, 4/1/2021, patients 50 years and older are eligible for vaccination.  If you are younger than 50 and have a high-risk medical condition or live/work in a high-risk setting, you are also eligible for vaccination. If you received antibody treatment (monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma), then it is currently recommended that you wait 3 months prior to being vaccinated. If you have contracted COVID, the vaccine is still recommended. 

COVID vaccine appointments

  • You can register with LAC DPH at a location of your choice. You can also register with your local pharmacy. Please remember to social distance and wear a good mask when you get your vaccine. Don't forget to ask for your 2nd appointment before you leave.

  • If you are in Pasadena City, you may call PPHD at 626-744-7311 to register for an appointment. 

We have 3 vaccines that are being administered in phases as dictated by the California department of health.

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (mRNA vaccine): 2 doses 21 days apart, indicated for 16+ yo

  • Moderna (mRNA vaccine): 2 doses 28 days apart, indicated for 18+ yo

  • Johnson&Johnson (adnovirus vector vaccine): 1 dose, indicated for 18+ yo

Things everyone should do

  • Wear a mask. This is the #1 most effective way to prevent transmission.

    • All masks reduce transmission of diseases. This is critical to limit asymptomatic spread.

    • Do not touch the outside of your mask. It is considered contaminated. There are many videos on proper mask wearing.

    • With mask wearing, most people forget to hydrate. Please remember to drink adequate amounts of fluids

  • Social distance. Stand >6 feet from other people (when outdoors).

  • Stay in well-ventilated environments. Invest in a HEPA air filter, which can help filter viral (and bacterial) particles.

  • Clean your hands and environment.

    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is ok to use if your hands are not soiled. Hand sanitizer should have >60% alcohol content to be effective.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.

    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (ie. doorknobs, computer keyboard, phone).

    • Put the lid on the toilet before you flush to prevent aerosolization of toilet bowl contents.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you came into contact with someone who tested positive or who is suspicious for COVID19, please isolate yourself and notify Dr. Poon. You should be tested.

  • Get plenty of rest.

  • Do not do anything risky. This is the time to focus on taking care of yourself. Please do not ignore any health concerns. Please call the office as you would normally for any problems that may arise.

  • This is a good time to complete your advanced directives, POLST, and will.

  • Get a pulse oximeter for your home. Every household should have one.

  • Please follow the trends of COVID-19 going on at the National level, state level, county level, and city level.

  • Get vaccinated for COVID and influenza.

About Sars-CoV-2/COVID-19

Our goal is to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2. We estimate incubation period to be about 5.5-6.5 days, but the range is 2-14 days. This virus is very smart. Data collected in places were testing is robust show that about 20-30% of people with COVID can spread this before they even show symptoms (pre-symptomatic spread). Another 40-75% of people with COVID can spread this and remain asymptomatic (asymptomatic spread). This virus is also quite contagious. Since this virus spreads by close contacts and what epidemiologists call "family-clusters", the goal is to disrupt the transmission. To do this, asymptomatic patients should wear their mask and physically distance (outdoors is much safer than indoors) with those outside your family cluster. It is critical for symptomatic patients to prevent spread by properly isolating.

More common symptoms (you can have one, all, or none of these and still be contagious):

  • fever and/or chills

  • cough (dry or productive)

  • shortness of breath

  • chest pain

  • fatigue

  • body aches - joints and muscles

  • headache

  • loss of sense of smell

  • loss of sense of taste

  • confusion

  • coughing up blood

  • abdominal pain

  • diarrhea

  • nausea and/or vomiting

  • pink eye

  • nasal congestion

  • skin rash (eg. chilblains or livedo retiuclaris seen in young adults with no other symptoms)

  • diseases from blood clotting problems - stroke, heart attack, or pulmonary embolism

  • Kawasaki-like/inflammatory illness

Respiratory illness etiquette:

  • Remember that you are contagious. Wear a mask.

  • Isolate away from other mammals for a minimum of 14 days AND until no longer symptomatic irregardless of your PCR test result. Those in the home should be separated from you.

  • Get groceries/food delivered to your home.

  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue when you cough/sneeze.

  • Get a pulse oximeter to measure your oxygen levels and heart rate. Do this at rest and with activity.

  • Take slow-controlled deep breaths in every hour while awake. An incentive spirometer may help.

  • Stay active.

  • If you have COVID-19 and you have mild disease, we are recommending isolation at home. Dr. Poon will monitor you regularly. We do not yet know how long this virus is contagious but data is indicating 10-14 days for immunocompetent individuals.  For immunocompromised individuals, this virus can be contagious for months. PCR testing often remains positive for several weeks.

  • If you have severe disease with symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, or coughing up blood, please go to the ER. Please also notify Dr. Poon. Please call first to notify and protect our community and the healthcare team.