At the present time, we ARE OPEN and taking referrals.
We are keeping updated about how the virus is transmitted so we know what precautions we need to take. All of our medical doctors and our program director are keeping up with the CDC, WHO and local health authorities. If we stop operations at any point we will post that on this website.
As far as understanding transmission, given the information currently available the corona virus cannot be routinely transmitted through normal breathing (it CAN be transmitted through sneezing or coughing but not just breathing). Transmission through breathing (rather than coughing or sneezing) is called "aerosol transmission" (see this article for some good info: https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/16/coronavirus-can-become-aerosol-doesnt-mean-doomed/).
As far as scientists understand it now (3/19/20, the date this was written) the corona virus cannot be routinely transmitted through normal breathing (it CAN be transmitted through sneezing or coughing but not just breathing). Transmission through breathing (rather than coughing or sneezing) is called "aerosol transmission" (see this article for some good info: https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/16/coronavirus-can-become-aerosol-doesnt-mean-doomed/).
You will see in the article that there have been some documented cases of it becoming an aerosol but those are thought to be unusual and given the pattern of spread to date scientists are inferring that transmission was not aerosol but rather droplets. Here is an article published 3/18/20 that shows that there may be conditions where the virus can linger in the air for up to 3 hours, however, the levels of the virus in that situation seem unlikely to infect anyone (https://www.biospace.com/article/novel-coronavirus-is-stable-on-surfaces-for-hours-days-nih-study-finds/)
So,most likely what we need to protect against, which still requires deliberate effort, is surface transmission. This is where someone coughs or sneezes onto a surface or touches their eyes, nose or mouth and then touches a surface. This virus does seem to be pretty hardy on surfaces, existing possibly for days. So we are wiping surfaces that may be touched by clients between usages and having clients and staff wash hands between each activity.
Of course staff and/or clients who have any upper respiratory symptoms or fever, or any other symptoms associated with the coronavirus, are asked to stay home and seek testing and treatment.
We are having clients label a chair for their personal usage during the day and restricting them to using only that chair. Each client also has a personal mat for yoga or Pilates and a personal space in the PT gym that is used for their exercise only. During group activities clients are spaced at least 6 feet apart (social distancing). All PT and rehab equipment is also being disinfected during the day between usages and at the end of the day after all clients have left.
Our entire clinic is OSHA certified and we use hospital-grade disinfectant. All of our staff have been trained by OSHA on the prevention of pathogen transmission and we are using best-practices to that end on a daily basis. Additionally we never have more than 10 people in our facility at any given time.
The entire suite is being disinfected all 4x/day including:
- Front and back door handles, inside and out
- bathroom light switches
- bathroom toilet flusher handles
- water knobs on sinks handrails in bathrooms
- soap dispenser tops in bathrooms
- handrail on staircase for front door
- water cooler touch controls
We hope that this gives clients and our referral sources confidence that we are taking steps to protect clients and the public while still allowing our clients to work on their health conditions and get better.
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