According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly throughout the United States. One case has even been reported in St. Louis County. That is too close for comfort, I believe.
I want to share with you some of the precautions we are taking to lower the risk that you will encounter an infectious disease in our office. Most of these precautions were gleaned from the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).
It is completely understandable why many people are feeling anxious about coronavirus. Although the scope of the threat is currently unknown, acting through an abundance of caution only make sense. Even if the coronavirus whimpers out sooner than expected, these precautions may prevent the spread of other infectious diseases, which is a benefit in its own right.
My wife and I were planning to take a trip to Florida starting March 18. We decided to postpone that trip and keep the office open instead. There's no place like home if you get sick. Also, many people are experiencing heightened anxiety because of the probability that the coronavirus will spread. I decided that being available to clients right now may be of some help to the children who are feeling increased anxiety and stress due to coronavirus.
The CDC website contains a lot of information and suggestions for dealing with the coronavirus. I will list some. However, you will find many more on the website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).
- · Fever
- · Cough
- · Shortness of Breath
Stopping the Spread of Coronavirus
- · Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- · Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- · Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- · Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- · Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- · Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Precautions We are Taking in our Office
- · Wipe off frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant at least daily
- · Vacuum frequently
- · Check the bathroom for cleanliness
- · Make hand sanitizer available to clients
- · Make disinfectant wipes available to clients
- · Clean and sanitize dishwasher safe toys frequently
- · Store away non-washable toys (i.e. stuffed animals)
I want to suggest an alternative to coming into the office if you are ill or hesitant about coming in for any reason. Research studies have shown that web-based therapies are as effective as appointments in the office with only a few exceptions (i.e. very young children). If you are interested in web-based sessions, let me know. I will provide you with a link via email or text that will allow you to sign in for your session.
Let me know of any other precautions you know about. My goal is to continue providing clients with counseling services while doing everything possible to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.