The Alternative to a Doctor’s Office Visit Gains in Popularity During Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many people were concerned about their access to health care. But 15-year-old Elly LeCursi knew that visits with her doctor would be business as usual.

She was diagnosed with PCD, or primary ciliary dyskinesia, five years ago and has been a virtual patient at Michigan Medicine since then. The cilia throughout her respiratory system does not function properly, making it difficult for her to produce mucus. LeCursi is immunocompromised and regularly sees a pediatric pulmonologist.