Throughout this pandemic we have taken ongoing steps to protect our patients and staff.
While we are known for our smiling faces, to reinforce safety, we are requiring that all staff and patients wear masks while in clinic.
We will be advising patients that they should wear their own cloth/face covering, regardless of symptoms, before entering the facility. If patients or visitors enter the clinic without a face covering, they will be offered one surgical facemask as supplies allow, which should be worn while they are in the facility.
Patients are welcome to arrive with their own face covering. Patients may remove their face covering when in their private treatment room but should put them back on when leaving their room or when other providers enter the room. A patient mask may be removed if it interferes with treatment and put back on once treatment is complete.
CDC Mask Recommendations
The CDC recommends to use a cloth face covering, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. They share:
“CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.”
How to properly wear a mask
The CDC also share their recommendations on how to properly wear a face mask:
“Cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape”
For more information on CDC guidelines, visit their website here.
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