COVID-19 is a virus strain that began spreading in the human population in December 2019. The virus primarily spreads through respiratory droplets. That means to become infected, you generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Even though California has now exited its “Beyond the Blueprint” COVID-19 control stage and fully reopened its economy, the California Department of Public Health has adopted the CDC’s recommendation that healthcare providers continue to implement COVID-19 control measures, including telemedicine, social distancing and the use of protective masks for both patients and staff, regardless of their vaccination status.
As a medical practice we therefore ask that our patients please wear a protective mask during their appointments with us, even if they are fully-vaccinated.
In addition to the use of masks for patients and staff, we continue to implement other COVID-19 control measures including, among others:
- Screening patients and staff for potential COVID-19 symptoms
- Practicing physical distancing and avoiding hand-shaking
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces on a frequent basis
- Instructing patients and staff to cough or sneeze into their arm area to avoid dispersing virus into the air
- Asking patients who are experiencing any flu-like symptoms on the day of their appointment – such as a cough, fever, or shortness of breath – to reschedule their appointment to another day
We apologize for any inconvenience these measures may cause you during your time with us, and we look forward to easing these actions as the State and the CDC permit. In the meantime, please let us know if we can be of any assistance or how we can accommodate you.