Taking Precautions During COVID-19
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The Iowa Clinic has implemented thorough safety measures designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Our purpose is unwavering in that the care and safety of our providers, staff and patients remains our priority. Explore our interactive images for a look at what you can expect when you visit any Iowa Clinic location.
Based on CDC recommendations, all patients and visitors who are coming into The Iowa Clinic for appointments are required to wear masks or homemade face coverings. This proactive measure is designed to keep you safe and help reduce potential exposure of infectious individuals with COVID-19 to others.
Social distancing is a public health safety intervention used to reduce the likelihood of transmitting communicable disease. Social distancing involves minimizing exposure to infected individuals by avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace, and following proper personal hygiene practices.
The goal of social distancing is to limit exposure to the coronavirus. The following strategies may be useful in conducting social distancing:
- Adhere to public health hygienic recommendations by washing your hands after touching commonly used items or coming into contact with someone who is sick.
- Proper hand washing involves scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. (It takes about 20 seconds to sing Happy Birthday twice).
- Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth and avoid rubbing your eyes. Practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.
- Properly dispose of anything that comes into contact with your mouth such as tissues or plastic eating utensils.
- Avoid coming into contact with individuals displaying symptoms of illness.
- If working in close proximity to other individuals, attempt to keep a distance of approximately six feet from the nearest person while working.
- Avoid congregating in large public venues such as theaters or sporting events.
The following actions should be taken prior to an event that warrants social distancing:
- Develop a family emergency plan that includes how they would be cared for if they got sick.
- Maintain a reserve of vital supplies such as food and water and prescriptions medications (at least a 72 Hour supply-Official Quarantine will be 14 days).
- Practice proper public health hygiene and hand washing techniques prior to the onset of an event.
Common hygiene best practices remain the best ways to prevent coronavirus and other viruses such as influenza. These include:
- Washing hands for a full 20 seconds
- Avoiding touching your face and mouth
- Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
- Avoiding shaking hands
- Staying home when you are ill