July 18, 2020 update.
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Testing for COVID-19
COVID-19 assessment clinic are being run. IF you have a travel history outside of Canada, exposure to a possible COVID-19 case AND cold symptoms; get details on assessment here.
We CANNOT provide COVID-19 assessments at our office at this time.
Self-isolation for Travellers
If you have travelled outside the country, the Government of Canada is currently asking for 14 days of of self-isolation.
What can you do?
- IF you are ill, stay home and away from others until completely recovered + a few days if possible
- Hand-washing is preferred when possible. Hand sanitizer is useful if you are worried about touch surfaces and aren’t near a sink. Always wash hands before eating where possible as hand sanitizer does not remove the microbes from your hands. It merely (hopefully) deactivates it whereas soap should both deactivate the virus as well as remove it from the skin surface.
- Social distancing. Try to limit contact to groups and maintain a 3-6 ft distance around others. No handshaking at this time. Reschedule group gatherings if possible.
- For patients 70 years old or above; or if you have significant medical illness; you may wish to self-isolate/limit your contacts.
- Wearing a mask. The science has changed. For the general population, we did not believe masks at would be beneficial at the beginning of this crisis. HOWEVER, there now seems to be a consensus and evidence that there is benefit to wearing a mask in reducing spread and protecting others.
- We continue to provide medical care to our patients at this time in the form or virtual/telephone care wherever possible. The office is staffed regular hours for form pickup/drop-off.
- We will not be taking walk-ins and the waiting room is closed at this time.
- Routine care will still be provided by your physician; however, the initial encounter will likely be virtual for the intermediate term.
We should all do our part as this is an unprecedented health crisis. Public health will take point in this fight and we should rally around their guidance wherever possible.
I encourage you to stay up to date with the news; but consider limiting yourself to an hour or so per day of news if you are finding it making you anxious.
Exercise, good sleep and socialization over remote means (internet or the good ‘ole phone call) will be helpful.