With all the constant, concerning news about the Coronavirus outbreak around the world, it’s essential to make sure we’re all doing our part to avoid the illness spreading further. We understand there are many fears, concerns, and questions as there is still much uncertainty surrounding this new disease.
In light of this critical situation, it’s of the utmost importance to stay informed, and actively take precautions to stay healthy. Please take a look at both the steps we’re taking to protect our patients, and what you can be doing to keep you and your family safe.
COVID-19: What we’re doing to protect you
When we first heard about the outbreak, we immediately began updating our guidelines and processes, to proactively stay ahead of the virus, maintain our critical supplies, and keep our patients as safe as possible. Here are the changes we’ve implemented to do our part in fighting this disease.
- We are keeping up with the latest news and updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- We are adjusting practice protocols daily based on the latest recommendations from the State department
- We have arranged for ample staff to be in place to field calls and triage patients
- We have invested in extra supplies to protect all patients, staff and office employees
- We have increased the frequency at which we wipe down all surfaces in our offices
- We are resolute in retaining the separation between our sick and well waiting rooms
COVID-19: Here’s what you can do to stay safe
We are working tirelessly to make sure all of you remain safe and healthy, but there are also precautions you can be taking to ensure the wellbeing of your family. Follow these tips as closely as possible, to limit your exposure, take care of yourself, and stay up to date on the latest information.
To Help Avoid Coronavirus:
- Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds each time. Hand sanitizer can also be effective.
- Cover any cough/sneeze with a tissue, and throw away immediately.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
- Repeatedly disinfect any surface you come into contact with.
- Limit non-essential travel, and avoid situations where you’ll be exposed to a large crowd.
If You’re Feeling Sick:
- It’s important to call us first if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or you believe you’ve been exposed.
- Stay home from work or school if you believe you have been exposed to the virus.
- Do not visit the emergency room, be sure to call your health care provider first.
- If you’ve recently traveled from a high-risk country and are feeling symptomatic, call your healthcare provider.
- Avoid contact with others as much as possible.
- Monitor your symptoms for fever, coughing and/or shortness of breath.
- The CDC has the most up-to-date information on the state of the virus, as well as the latest developments, treatments and further advice. Check their website regularly.
- The website for the California Department of Public Health is also a great resource for information on how our state is handling the situation.
By taking the right steps and staying informed, we can all help in limiting the spread of Coronavirus.