March 20, 2020
Our Medical Director, Dr. Kevin A. Strauss, has released an open letter to provide the Plain Community critical information about COVID-19, what it means for them, and how we can work together to protect our loved ones.
March 17, 2020
Ensuring safety and well-being is at the heart of our mission. In that spirit, The Clinic for Special Children (CSC) is taking steps to protect our patients and their families from COVID-19.
How Can We Control COVID-19?
Although there is no treatment for COVID-19, protective measures can limit its impact in communities (Figure from CDC). In the absence of protective measures, the number of people infected (red shaded area) quickly overwhelms total hospital capacity (gray dashed line). Implementing protective measures early in the course of the pandemic (gray shaded area) has two effects: (1) The peak of the outbreak is delayed, giving medical systems more time to respond; and (2) Fewer people become infected.
What is the CSC Doing to Help?
- For the foreseeable future, CSC will postpone all non-essential gatherings and events, including the Kumme Essa dinner
- CSC will convert non-urgent appointments to scheduled phone calls; CSC will remain open for our patients who are sick or have urgent needs.
- For urgent office appointments, CSC will employ special precautions to minimize the risk of contagion.
- Objects of common contact (e.g. toys, books) will be removed from waiting areas.
- CSC will frequently sanitize common surfaces, use masks and gloves for patients who might be contagious, and limit all non-essential physical contact (e.g. handshakes).
What Can You Do to Help?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting with people outside the home, shaking hands, using the bathroom, or before preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid sharing hand towels.
- Limit shaking hands; ‘elbow bumps’ or ‘fist bumps’ are much safer.
- Unless necessary, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you or a family member is sick, stay home unless you need a doctor’s attention.
- Cover all coughs and sneezes. If you use a tissue, throw it away. If you use your hand, wash it.
- Frequently disinfect common objects and surfaces in your home.
- Avoid large, non-essential gatherings, even if everyone appears healthy.
- Respect government recommendations to cancel unnecessary gatherings and limit contact with other people. Countries that abide by such restrictions have fewer infections and fewer deaths.
Protective measures save lives. This is our time to work together to protect the people we care about. Until COVID-19 runs its course, we encourage you to stay calm, stay safe, stay clean, and stay home.