COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
Current as of March 25th 2020
The latest lock-down protocols are to again try and further reduce COVID19 spreading through social interaction. Allied Health services like Chinese Medicine, Physiotherapy, Remedial Massage etc will remain open. Other than going shopping, buying petrol, or having treatment for your health, AVOID ALL SOCIAL INTERACTIONS!
The COVID-19 coronavirus has everyone in a panic. There is a lot of misinformation out there, largely because of social media and no one knows exactly what is going to happen. This is uncharted territory, but it is not the end of the world.
The ONLY source of information you should refer to and trust is what is being put forth on the Governments Health Depart website. They providing daily and weekly updates on the virus, its spread, epidemiology and best preventative measures.
Though I will be repeating much of what is on that page, the importance of it cannot be understated.
If you meet their criteria of overseas travel, close contact with a confirmed case, or are showing symptoms you MUST self isolate. Call your GP or the hotline on 1800 675 398 and they will best advise you on getting tested.
In cases like this, it is always better to be safe than sorry, so if you are unsure or concerned, consider self-isolating.
Can I still come for Acupuncture?
The Superclinic downstairs IS NOT a fever clinic. They too are NOT allowing any suspected COVID-19 cases to enter.
As stated, if you meet any of the criteria above, you should not attend the clinic and self isolate. Otherwise the clinic will be running as usual. I am taking additional preventative measures such as:
- additional cleaning of surfaces before and after clients
- Keeping clients separated by reducing patient load and time spent in the waiting room
- Main reception is also screening everyone as they come off the elevator
- ensuring all clients have washed their hands before entering the clinic
- keeping a distance from clients as much as possible
- using more single use cleaning items to prevent contamination
- Using more PPE when necessary (P2 mask, gloves etc)
I have some hand sanitiser available for clients to use if needed, but it is in very short supply at the moment, so I will instruct clients to wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the clinic. This will ensure the clinic does not run out.
Why is there so much concern about the spread of COVID-19?
The main concerns is around the fact that this is a new virus, so no one has any immunity to it, which means it can spread very easily and quickly. This is a concept that is very foreign to most of us because we have all grown up around colds and flu viruses. They are mutations though of the same viruses which most of us have already been exposed to at some point, so we should have some basic immunity to them. This is because our body’s recognises the DNA in the virus and attacks it. COVID19 came from an animal, which means our body doesn’t recognise it as its completely new. This is what makes it so dangerous.
Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses, so they go straight for your lungs, which can lead to viral pneumonia in severe cases. In most of us though, we will just experience mild symptoms such as cough and fever.
The other side to that is there is no vaccine or treatment specifically for it yet, so this makes containing the spread all the more important. We need to reduce the strain that will occur or our hospitals to ensure they can cope with the high patient load, and everyone receives the appropriate care they need.
Basic Hygiene Is very important (WASH YOUR HANDS!!)
Many people don’t realise but outbreaks like the Spanish flu and Black Plague were not defeated by some magic medicine invented at the time. Basic hygiene practices and social isolation are what saved the day. It should serve us well here too.
- Hand-washing is key – either with soap or an alochol wash. Both will kill any virus on your skin.
- Cleaning of surfaces that have been exposed to infection – the virus spreads via droplets, from coughing and sneezing. So if a door knob has been sneezed on, the virus could still be there days later.
- Cough or sneeze into your arm – again, if you cough on your hand and then touch someone or a surface, you could transmit the infection.
- Keep a distance when away from home – the transmission range of the droplets is believed to be under 2m, so keep your distance from anyone when out in public to prevent transmission.
Though none of these practices are prefect, they will make a marked difference in the potential for the virus to spread. To be honest, these sort of practices should be employed anytime you are sick or during flu season.