Need to See Your Doctor, but Worried about COVID-19? Follow these 5 Simple Steps
The CDC recently updated information on the spread of COVID-19. The main changes are that COVID-19 is now seen as an airborne disease and that it can spread at distances further than 6 feet. So what do you need to do if you need to see your doctor or physical therapist to treat your aches and pains? Take these simple precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones:
Always wear a mask: You should always wear a mask, especially when indoors and you should not take it off. Ensure the mask covers both your mouth and nose to prevent airborne droplets from entering your respiratory system. Additionally, make sure your mask has multiple layers, includes filters or is an N95 mask that has better protection against airborne particles.
Check the ventilation: If you must be inside, make sure the inside area has good ventilation or air circulation. This can be achieved by opening a window, turning on a fan, or using air filters. You can call and ask your doctor's office what steps they are taking to maintain good air circulation in the office.
Limit excessive talking or breathing: These airborne droplets are increased by the amount of loud talking, deep breathing or coughing people are doing. Limiting your conversation and talking quietly can also help prevent large amounts of droplets from spreading.
Keep your distance: This may not be possible when being examined by your doctor or physical therapist, but try to keep your distance from other staff and patients while in the office. New evidence shows that the airborne droplets can travel longer distance due to their small size.
Continue hand washing: Make sure to continue to wash hands regularly, do not touch your face and limit contact with commonly handled items such as elevator buttons, door handles, etc. If you cannot wash your hands, make sure to use hand sanitizer immediately after touching items and wipe down surfaces regularly.
For more information, make sure to visit the CDC website to get the latest information.