The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly changed our lives and the way we go about our physical and mental health. Staying safe from the coronavirus has become one of our main concerns in venturing outdoors. As states begin to slowly reopen and we start to head back to our dentists’ offices and doctors’ appointments, there are a handful of things we can do in order to put our health and safety first while stopping the spread of the virus at the same time.
Wash Your Hands
Since there is no vaccine or cure for the virus as of yet, it is crucial that we take preventative measures to stay safe and healthy. It is imperative that we wash our hands frequently to rid ourselves of the germs we come into contact with. If it is not possible to wash your hands at some point, carry hand sanitizer to stay safe. Wash your hands before and after your appointment to ensure your safety as well as your providers’ safety. Try to refrain from touching your face with your hands as well. Just the simple act of washing your hands or sanitizing at your appointment can help you stay safe.
Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask when going outdoors and to appointments is perhaps one of the most important ways of staying safe. At your appointments, you will be around other people whether they are other patients or your providers. While traveling to your appointment and waiting to get called in, make sure you wear a mask to ensure your safety. Your providers and the staff in the office will wear masks as well. A mask reduces the transmission rate of viruses and has been proven to slow the spread of coronavirus between people. Thus, it is key to wear a mask to your appointments to remain safe and healthy and protect others as well.
Maintaining a space of at least 6 feet between yourself and someone else is also an effective way to minimize the transmission of the virus, ensuring that you are safe. Make an attempt to travel to your appointment either by yourself or with as little people as possible to allow for successful social distancing at your appointments. The fewer people there are in one place, the easier it will be to physically distance oneself. Doctors and dentists around the country are also putting social distancing measures in place to ensure patient safety. Pay heed to the distancing markers that are placed to keep everyone safe and tell you where to sit and stand so that everyone is properly separated.
Trust Your Providers
Providers and staff everywhere are trying to make the transition into a new normal at appointments safe for everyone involved. They are checking the temperatures of patients before they enter, ensuring social distancing inside their offices, and sterilizing their equipment as they have done before. They are here for you now as they were before the pandemic had occurred. It is crucial that we visit our doctors and dentists when we are supposed to keep ourselves healthy. We must take small steps to ensure the safety of ourselves and everyone we come in contact with during our appointments.