Crystal Run Health CEO addresses COVID-19 issues

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TOWN OF WALLKILL – Even if people test negative for the coronavirus but present the symptoms of the illness, they should self-isolate. That assessment comes from Dr. Hal Teitelbaum, CEO of Crystal Run Health, the large medical practice headquartered in the Town of Wallkill.

Teitelbaum is not convinced that a vaccine will be found in 12 to 18 months as many health officials are saying.

Dr. Hal Teitelbaum

“In my opinion, we were horribly unprepared for this pandemic. We have a lot of smart people in this country; we have a lot of smart people frankly in the world who understand virology, who understand how to make vaccines, who understand how to create PCR tests, and serologic tests – the blood test that everyone is talking about,” he said. “This is not rocket science; this is basic stuff.”

Teitelbaum said we need to be prepared as a country, at least, to be able to respond to any new virus rapidly, “because we don’t know when the next one will be the big one. This is obviously big enough and it’s really big and causing a lot of pain and suffering, but it could be even worse.