Concerns about COVID-19 Vaccines

Hello, friends and families…

I am very excited that the first vaccines for COVID-19 are being distributed, and I’m grateful to the Mt. Sinai Health System and the department of Otolaryngology for getting me the Pfizer vaccine. I frequently work in the ICU and I have recently seen a number of COVID positive patients in my practice (I test anyone who might have an infection outside for the safety of my staff and the other families in my office). Getting the vaccine doesn’t mean that I don’t need to continue observing all of the precautionary measures and mitigation practices that we have developed over the year (masks, hand hygiene and social distancing). But it is a step towards the end of this pandemic, and towards easing the burden on our health care resources.

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A Series of Short Videos on Ear Disease in Children

Some of you may follow me on Instagram (@snotdoctor), and have seen this series of five short (1 minute) videos about ear disease in children.  Here they are put together as one video, including some cool animations that help explain the anatomy and the function of the ear, why kids have more ear problems than adults, and what to do about these issues.

COVID-19 Vaccines!

Hi, friends and families…

By now, I’m pretty sure that most of you heard the news that the FDA approved the first vaccine for COVID-19 on Friday, and that vaccinations will start in the next few days. For the details about getting your own family vaccinated, I defer to your pediatricians and other primary care physicians. But I wanted to do my best to provide some background information for you, as you read about these vaccines in the coming months. And I apologize in advance - this email is both too long to be an easy read, and too short to even scratch the surface of this incredibly complex field!

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Rapid, In-Office COVID Testing

Hello, friends and families!

I now offer rapid COVID-19 testing in the New York office. Not only can we get results in 15 minutes, but this no longer requires the deep “nasopharyngeal” swab that involves pushing a Q-tip 3-4 inches into the nose, hitting the back of the throat. Even in good hands, that was pretty uncomfortable, especially for children. Our new testing unit works with a nasal brushing only, which means that the swab only needs to go a short way in to the front of the nose to get reliable results.

Click on "read more" below to learn about details of this test, and about how and when to schedule an appointment for testing.

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Best Headphones for Kids

Now that so many kids are doing Zoom school for at least part of the week, a few people have been asking me about the best (and safest) headphones for children. Of course, any recommendations about technology are usually out of date by the time they are published. However, I happened to have been interviewed earlier this year about the topic by a reporter from New York Magazine, whose article included a number of specific product reviews. Before getting to those, let me give you my general thoughts on the subject.

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