How Does COVID-19 Spread?
Dermatology Associates of Seattle have taken precautions, which include increased environmental sanitization and cleaning, requiring all staff to stay at home when feeling any symptoms of illness. If patients have returned from an infected area and develop a high temperature, cough, or difficulty breathing, do not leave your home until your healthcare physician has given you advice.
1: High-risk Candidates are required to stay at home and to take steps for self-quarantine: If you have returned from an affected area in the last two weeks, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 14 days. If you are a high-risk candidate, you can schedule an appointment through our secured video chat (Telehealth). More info about Telehealth can be found here.
Clean, Sanitize, and Prevent
2: Wash or sanitize your hands after touching any shared surface: Wet your hands with sanitizing solution throughout and in between fingers. Lather your hands, including the backs, between your fingers, and under your nails and rub in for at least 20 seconds.
3: Wear a Face mask: Wearing face masks offer some protection as they block liquid droplets. All visitors to our clinic are required to put on a protective face mask which we provide to all visitors.
4: Six Foot Rule: When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they release droplets of saliva or mucus. These droplets can fall on people in the vicinity and can be either directly inhaled or picked up on the hands then transferred when someone touches their face, causing infection.
5: No symptoms? Doesn't Matter: There is anecdotal evidence that people can spread the virus before they have symptoms. Some other illnesses such as flu can be passed from one person to another before symptoms occur – but the extent to which this is happening with the new coronavirus is not well understood yet.