Well, this sucks. The zombie apocalypse has begun and practically the whole world is invited.
According to the research available while I’m writing this, around 80% who become infected with COVID-19, will experience only mild symptoms and fully recover without any special treatment.
But not all will be so lucky. Some people, 15% of those who become infected with COVID-19, will experience moderate symptoms, and an unfortunate 5% of people (1 in 20) who become infected with COVID-19 may experience severe symptoms and get very sick, with a risk of death. The older members of our community, particularly those in their 80s and 90s, are most at risk.
It is important to know how to protect yourself, your family and your community
There are many myths surrounding COVID-19, but the truth is, there are a few simple steps that will provide the most protection:
Know the signs:
- flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
- shortness of breath.
Note: Not everyone who has symptoms like these has COVID-19 as there are several other
illnesses that can cause these symptoms.
Know how it spreads:
- Boogers— Yes, that’s right. Sneezing, snotting, goobering on things, slobbering on things, coughing and generally expelling mucous. That’s how it spreads. While the virus isn’t absorbed through your skin, it will be absorbed into your body if it gets into your nose, eyes or mouth.
How to protect yourself from other people’s secretions (and protect others from yours):
- Wash your hands. Wash them before and after eating, before and after entering a health facility and after being in contact with any potentially contaminated surface, particularly in public spaces.
- Stay well clear of people who are coughing or sneezing. 1.5m or more is a safe distance. In these troubling times it’s probably worth practicing social distancing whenever practicable. If you don’t need to be right up close to people, don’t be.
- Avoid hand shakes and high fives. There are other ways to politely say hello. Yes, it will be socially awkward for a while, but we’ll all get used to it.
- Try not to touch your face. Since the route in for the virus is your eyes, nose and mouth, you should avoid touching your face. While you’re at it, don’t let random strangers touch your face, either.
- Use good respiratory hygiene. Don’t just cough in someone’s face. And don’t sneeze into your hand and then offer a salutary handshake. If you must cough or sneeze, cough or sneeze into a tissue (and then dispose of it in a closed bin, immediately) or into your bent elbow.
Note: Masks are not useful for protecting you from the virus, and there’s a shortage. Masks should be given to those who have respiratory symptoms, to minimise them spraying virus infused droplets all around the place.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces. In particular, “high traffic” surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, and light switches should be cleaned regularly, particularly if they are in a public space.
- Unwell people should self isolate— stay at home, don’t have visitors, and don’t go visiting. Even if they don’t have COVID-19, it wouldn’t be much fun to have COVID-19 on top of whatever other thing they already have.
How CCSCC is responding:
Apparently back pain and headaches didn’t get the message that the world is having an apocalypse. People still need help keeping their spines in good order. So until it becomes necessary to totally shut down society, our team will be here to help you.
We are, however taking additional steps at this time to keep our patients and our staff safe:
- If you have returned from overseas in the last 14 days— postpone your visit to us until after the 14 days.
- If you have any symptoms of a respiratory illness— postpone your visit until you are well.
- When you visit, please utilise our hand sanitiser on arrival and departure.
- Please practice good respiratory hygiene.
- If you would like to be “socially distanced” while waiting, let us know and we will show you to an isolated spot.
- Our clinicians and staff are being updated and briefed, daily, to keep abreast of relevant developments and safety concerns.
Can I still come in?
If you are well, and haven’t traveled recently, we would love to see you.
Call 02 4323 9100 or book online, for an appointment. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us before you come in.