Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Information



As we continue to see the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel it is important to share with you what AllergySA is doing to help slow the spread while continuing to provide critical care to our patients.

MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS: All patients and visitors (10 years of age and older) are required to wear a face covering while visiting our clinic.

LIMIT ONE GUEST: In an effort to limit the number of individuals in our clinic, we are asking all patients to please limit one guest or family member.

ALLERGY SHOTS: Allergy shots have resumed at all clinics with normal shot hours. For a full list of allergy shot hours visit: Please remember to bring your Epi pen with you and practice social distancing when in our waiting rooms.

BIOLOGICS: Now, more than ever, it is crucial that you continue on your regular preventive medications, including Biologics. Patients visiting our Medical Center location for a Biologics visit (Xolair, Nucala, Fasenra, Dupixent & Cinqair) will have a separate entrance (Suite 108) & waiting area. Signs are posted at each door guiding you to the proper entrance.

COVID-19 Testing: We are currently not a coronavirus testing site. For a list of testing locations please visit:


AllergySA continues to monitor the approval of COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States and the distribution/availability within our San Antonio community. We will continue to update our patients with information as we receive it.

Who Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has approved vaccinations for the following Phases:

  • Phase 1A
    • Health Care Workers
    • Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Phase 1B
    • People 65 years of age and older
    • People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
      • Cancer
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
      • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
      • Solid organ transplantation
      • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
      • Pregnancy
      • Sickle cell disease
      • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • School and Child Care Personnel

For more details on the DSHS phases visit:

Where Can I Get A COVID-19 Vaccination?

AllergySA continues to monitor and share information about vaccine sites as we receive it. Please follow us on our social media pages or visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page at: for location updates.

AllergySA will be holding a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for ages 12 and up on May 20th – May 22nd at our Medical Center Location (2414 Babcock Rd. Ste 108, San Antonio, TX 78229). Please call our offices at 210-616-0882 to schedule.

Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccination?

At this time we are recommending everyone to get the vaccine, including those who have already recovered from COVID-19.

Some benefits include:

  • It is 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection and may also protect those people living and working with you.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection but if you are infected, there is no way to know how it will affect you. Vaccination will be a safer way to build protection.
  • Vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic.

We continue to monitor and learn more daily. We will update our patients as more information becomes available.

For more information, Dr. Lukena Karkhanis answers your most common questions about the vaccine during a recent Facebook LIVE event.


Asthma does not make you more likely to get COVID-19 but it may make asthma exacerbations worse. For more information on COVID-19 and Asthma, watch this Facebook LIVE video with Dr. Joseph Diaz, Medical Director of AllergySA.


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 a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

What are the complications of COVID-19?
Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.

What is the incubation period of COVID-19?
2-14 days.

How can I protect myself against COVID-19?

  • Work from home if possible.
  • Keep your children home while their schools are closed.
  • Avoid gathering in public places.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Take off your shoes when you get home (you could wear a clean pair of house shoes/ slippers indoors).
  • Stay compliant with all your daily medications.

Will wearing a face mask help me?
Wearing a face mask may keep you from touching your nose and mouth or coughing on other people but may not keep the virus out completely. As of April 20, 2020 it is now mandatory to wear a face covering when entering our clinic.

What should I do if I am sick?

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with family members who are elderly or have chronic health conditions.
  • Stay compliant with all your daily medications.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not share nebulizers, spacers, inhalers with anyone.
  • Take over the counter medications and supportive measures for viral infections.
  • Call your doctor if you are not improving.

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
People above the age of 60 years or those with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and immune deficiency.

How can I be tested for COVID-19?
For an up to date list of testing locations in Bexar County visit:

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
The FDA has granted emergency use for two vaccines. For more information visit our COVID-19 Vaccination section at:

Can COVID-19 be spread through food or water?
There does not seem to be any evidence of this currently.

Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package shipped from China?
There does not seem to be any evidence of this currently.

Can I get COVID-19 multiple times?
This is a new virus and studies are still ongoing. There are reports of people who have tested positive again after recovering from COVID-19 once.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
You can call the San Antonio COVID-19 hotline at 210-207-5779 and read from reputable websites like:

March 15,2020 / by allergysa