Leisure Physical Therapy - April 2020

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LEISURE PT

APRIL 2020

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CORONAVIRUS: WHAT OUR PATIENTS NEED TO KNOW LEISURE PT’S NEXT STEPS TO FIGHTING THE PANDEMIC

We know this is a concerning time for the nation but, most importantly, for the health of you and your family. That’s why I’ve made sure that Leisure PT takes every measure possible to help combat COVID-19. We know how important your physical recovery is to you; that’s why we’re remaining open. However, while we are maintaining regular working hours, we’ve made several major changes to our operations at the clinic for the indefinite future — until we know the pandemic is contained. First, we are paying close attention to the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) recommendations and guidelines, and our operation may change without notice as soon as new information comes in. Second, for the safety of our staff and other patients, we’ve begun a patient screening process. If we suspect that a patient shows symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness, the patient will be sent home. Third, all high-touch surfaces will be cleaned with alcohol-based disinfectant regularly. Fourth, for all patients and staff, we’ve also begun a strict hand-washing policy. When coming to our clinic, everyone will be required to wash their hands for 20 seconds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises, after wetting and applying soap to your hands, to be sure to lather the back and front of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. (If the virus is under your nails, you can still infect yourself and people around you.) Scrub thoroughly for 20 seconds, which you can do by humming “Happy Birthday” from beginning to end twice. Rinse under clean, running water, and dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry. While taking measures to protect everyone is important, it’s also important to stay aware of the ongoing myths about the coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has dismissed several rumors already. According to present evidence, the virus can be transmitted to people of all ages, although older people and those with pre- existing conditions (i.e., asthma, diabetes, or heart disease) can be more vulnerable to severe illness. The virus is also

transmittable under hot and humid climates. Similarly, taking hot baths cannot protect you from the coronavirus (and will burn you, if it’s too hot). There are many more dispelled rumors that can be found on the WHO website at WHO.int. At Leisure PT, and personally as a doctor myself, we give our thoughts and prayers to the doctors, nurses, patients, and all other affected families across the world who are working around the clock to fight and contain the coronavirus. Despite plans to take time off for my wife and me, concerns about the pandemic made me decide to stay with our staff to ensure our clinic maintains all proper hygiene standards every day. We urge patients who believe they are sick, coughing, or showing fever to take care of themselves from their homes. If you need advice for continuing your physical recovery journey from home, just give us a call. We believe if everyone continues to follow CDC, APTA, and WHO’s guidelines, there is no reason we can’t stop COVID-19 from reaching our elderly and most vulnerable patients. Thank you so much for your support and your patience. Have a safe, healthy April! –Dr. Scott Paskiewicz

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