Various types of businesses, including some healthcare clinics are starting to open. All businesses, regardless of industry, are implementing fundamental changes to their business operations from limiting in-store or in-clinic patron capacity, to mandatory masks and gloves, to curbside pickup options.
Healthcare practitioners face the additional challenge of, in many cases, having to be physically close to their patients while conducting a treatment. This, combined with the typically small size of an average clinic treatment room does not present an optimal scenario for preventing the transmission of any infection, especially COVID-19, which is a respiratory infection and thus spread through airborne droplets when we speak, cough, sneeze, and breathe.
According to Dr. Stan Houston, an infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the University of Alberta, “the thing we could be clearest about and we know most about is that almost nothing is transmitted efficiently out of doors.” We also know that, “according to emerging research, most cases of COVID-19 seem to arise from prolonged contact with an infected individual.”
Using technology to make healthcare appointments safer
Virtual healthcare appointments have been around for a while, however when the pandemic hit, virtual healthcare was thrust into the spotlight as demand surged. It’s easier than ever to book and attend virtual appointments and it’s a great option for most people looking for help with a variety of conditions. Virtual healthcare appointments are a great option but they’re limited to services and practices that don’t require physical touch and manipulation of the patient by the practitioner.
Housecalls are making a comeback
Housecalls used to be very common in the 1930s, making up for about 40% of all doctor visits, with this rate decreasing to less than one percent on the 1980s. However, the world we live in is a very different place than it was in the 1980’s and even more different than in the 1930’s … except for one particular aspect which is directly applicable: housecalls have been making a comeback in recent years.
With technology like online booking systems and apps for your phone, it’s easier than ever to book an at-home appointment with a doctor or a variety of other healthcare professionals. Also, with the changes to our everyday lives with respect to safety and managing the COVID-19 pandemic, house calls are a safer and more convenient way to access the healthcare services you need. As a mobile healthcare clinic, HealthCasa is uniquely positioned to offer a convenient way to access a variety of healthcare services, reducing the risk for both patients and practitioners.
Covid-19 and indoor spaces
“The coronavirus primarily spreads via droplets that fly through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. So your risk of infection primarily has to do with how close you get to people, and for how long. It's not surprising, then, that evidence increasingly shows that the risk of infection is higher in poorly ventilated, crowded areas.” (Ref. https://www.businessinsider.com/risk-of-coronavirus-transmission-lower-outdoors-evidence-2020-5 )
According to Neurosurgeon Dr. Erich Anderer "The general principle should be: Outside is better than inside; open is better than closed; fewer is better than more people; and stay away from sick people." This sort of information is what led us at HealthCasa to offer the option to have your at-home Chiropody, Orthotics, Physiotherapy and Registered Massage Therapy appointments in your backyard or on your balcony. If this is not outdoor space is not an option, we encourage you to choose a well-ventilated space in your home and open some doors and windows in your home which can help improve ventilation and further lower the risk of exposure.
Plus, with summer here and the beautiful weather upon us, a healthy dose of fresh air and sunshine is sure to brighten your day. It’s just another way we’re ‘thinking outside the clinic’ to make your healthcare experience even better.
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