Health Access Network’s dedicated staff are taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, and you should too.
The best way of preventing spread of the virus, of protecting yourself and your family, is to act like you might be infected yourself. The more you protect others, the more you protect yourself. The best step we can all take to protect everyone is to keep our distance from others, at least 6 feet away, more if possible. This is why the recommendation right now is NOT to go to work, to shop, or to gather together in any way unless you have to – you should stay home. That’s what we call social distancing.
You can think of it this way. If you are infected and don’t engage in any social distancing, you are likely to infect 2 to 3 persons every 5 days, and then you and those other persons you infected would be responsible for infecting another 400 people over 30 days. But if you reduce your contact with other people by half – so you only infect 1 or 2 people in 5 days – you would cut the number of people infected by you over 30 days by more than 95%, down to about 15 persons. If you reduce your contact even more – by 75% – you would only be responsible for infecting 2 to 3 people every 30 days.
That’s why here at Health Access Network (HAN) we are following the CDC’s recommendations of postponing all non-essential clinic visits. That means we have drastically cut back on the number of patients we are seeing in our clinics for now. To support our community and individual medical needs, our staff has ramped up our appointments by telehealth (video calls through your smart phone or computer, or telephone calls) to check-in and make sure your care is managed as best as possible at this time.
HAN is trying to:
Some other things that you can do to protect yourself and others include:
Our staff at HAN are concerned with last month’s National Public Radio (NPR)/Marist poll, which showed many Americans were NOT taking the pandemic seriously. Fewer than half of adult Americans reported changing behaviors as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We are hoping that Mainers will do better than that and continue to keep our coronavirus infection rates lower than the national average.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent infections, but with your help we can reduced the spread of the novel coronavirus. Let’s make Maine a leader in the fight against COVID-19.
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