A Letter from Dr. Paul: Covid-19
With the first cases being reported of Covid 19 in South Dakota, you may be wondering how this affects Meyer Orthodontics and our patients. As always, the health and safety of our patients and staff comes first.
We will continue to be open to see our patients as usual. As always, we will follow OSHA guidelines for infection control. We will be following CDC recommendations as we learn more about the virus. We have increased our disinfection protocol and our deep cleaning schedule of heavy trafficked areas in the clinic.
During the cold and flu season, we ask you to reschedule your appointment if you feel ill, have experienced a fever in the last 24 hours, or feel you have been exposed to someone with these symptoms. This is to not only protect our patients and staff from Coronavirus, but from the regular cold and flu.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are preventative measures you can take to protect yourself and our community:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren’t clean.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Clean surfaces you often touch.
- Stay home from work, school and public areas if you’re sick.
While many Covid-19 infections may be mild, we want to put forth our best efforts to protect our vulnerable community members by decreasing the spread of any infection. Most people visiting Meyer Orthodontics are healthy and able bodied, but we don’t want to spread any infection to a patient’s grandparents or young children who are more at risk. Also, by slowing the rate of infection we can decrease the burden put on our hospitals and doctors. We care about our community and want to do all we can to keep everyone safe.
This sort of event can really highlight the humanity we all share and the caring we can show for one another as a community. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office. Thank you for taking precautions and taking care of yourself and others in doing so.
-Dr. Paul Meyer