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15th Mar

2020

Clinic and Coronavirus Information

As you know, the novel human coronavirus disease has now reached a pandemic status, which requires all of us to be vigilant to slow down its spread and allow our health care system to effectively treat those who are in acute need.

This COVID-19 disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a coronavirus which appears to be easily spread mainly through respiratory droplets among close contacts. We do not quite know yet how long the virus survives on surfaces, once touched by infected people.

Although we are being told that 80% of the infected population will have mild symptoms for one to two weeks, infectious control experts also acknowledge that half of this population group may develop conditions like pneumonia, which will require medical help. Approximately 20% of all people infected may require hospitalization. It is therefor of utmost importance that we do what we can to prevent getting sick, and spreading the disease to others, so as not to overwhelm the health care system.

The people at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and those with compromised immune function.

Unless otherwise recommended or directed, my clinic will remain open. However, in accordance with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I ask you to call your physician and cancel your appointment with me, if you develop a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and if you have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of the virus.

In the clinic, I will take special precautions, by allowing extra time between each patient, to sanitize all equipment, supplies and touchable surfaces in the clinic, and thoroughly wash my hands. This may require some minor changes to the scheduling. I also commit to not coming in if I myself develop symptoms.

I hope this information is helpful to you. A positive note, is that I only have one patient in the clinic at a time, so social distancing, which is very important in crowds, does not have to be addressed.

For more information, you can go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and www.who.int.

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