- in COVID-19, Fort Worth, Keller, Mens Health, News, Preventative Care, Primiary Care, Wellbeing
- on June 18, 2020
We are all currently in uncharted waters. This virus is full of unknowns and we are each navigating as best we can with the information we are being provided and agree with. There is so much information being released it can be difficult to know what to believe, what to do and how to protect ourselves and the ones we love.
T Off Your Health clinics across the Metroplex have been open through the entire pandemic and have implemented important safety measures that have proven successful in keeping our staff and patients safe.
Though we have not provided COVID-19 testing we have been a helpful resource for patients who have needed testing, referring them to where they need to go and who to contact to get the care that they need. We have had patients be tested and recover from the virus successful and return for regular care once they have been cleared by the necessary medical bodies.
We have taken proper precautions in office to keep all who enter safe; staff, patients and families alike. Here is the safety protocol that we have put in place since the beginning of the pandemic.
- Pre-Screen: We are measuring every employee’s, patients and visitors of the clinic temperature when they enter the clinic. Ideally, temperature checks happen as soon as the individual enters the facility.
- Regular Monitoring: Each employee has access to monitoring tools during time in clinic.
- Wear a Mask: Employees are wearing a face mask while interacting with patients.
- Social Distance: Employees are maintaining a 6 foot distance as much as possible in the workplace.
- Disinfect and Clean work spaces: We are cleaning and disinfecting all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment routinely throughout the day.
- Extra hand sanitizer throughout office: All patient rooms and common areas throughout the office have hand sanitizer available for all staff and patients.
We have been following CDC guidelines very closely as we believe that this is the most reputable source of information and guidance. Below is information directly from their site for public and business. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html)
Know how it spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Wash your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectantsexternal icon will work.
Monitor Your Health
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
If you are looking for COVID-19 testing or antibody testing we recommend MD First Watch in Keller (http://mdfirstwatch.com) . To make an appointment call 817-562-4210.
Our team is here for you. If you have questions, concerns, or require information please don’t hesitate to contact us at 817-632-5400.