How Dental Professionals Can Help Keep Themselves Safe by Understanding COVID-19
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical professionals have become the frontline against the spreading infection. Many practices have remained open to continue serving patients, including those within the dental industry. During this time, it is incredibly important to protect yourself and your staff. This can be a daunting task but fortunately, there are some things you can look for to help you diagnose potential COVID-19 cases before they come in contact with your staff.
As we continue to reopen our businesses, there are things you can do to protect your staff and other patients while practicing during this pandemic. Your best bet to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your area is to understand the symptoms of the virus and what to look for in a potentially infected person.
There are many different symptoms that have been linked to COVID-19 but there are three that are the biggest indicators that are the most common in positive cases: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Looking for these three symptoms can help you to screen your patients for potential cases.
How to Get a Leg Up on COVID
Understanding the symptoms is only half of the battle. You should also actively reschedule patients who show possibilities of having it on the day of their appointment. Check for high temperatures either at the door or when they sign in. If they have a fever or refuse to have their temperature taken, inform them that they will not be seen that day and will need to either reschedule their appointment for a tentative date or produce a negative COVID-19 test result.
Additionally, if a patient is coughing or seems to be short of breath, it may be best to request they reschedule for a later date. With COVID, it is better safe than sorry so many governing bodies around the world are recommending you turn away patients with respiratory symptoms or require proof of a negative test before proceeding with non-emergency procedures.
This is especially true if you are working on a freelance basis, as you have a little more liberty to screen what type of work you are hoping to do during this time. As a freelancer, you can choose low-risk work only to help slow the spread of this virus and keep yourself safe while still maintaining your income and serving your patients and community to the best of your ability.
Help From Stynt
If your office has limited hours to slow the spread of COVID, freelance may be a great option for you. Stynt is here to help you find jobs that are a great fit for your skillset during your time as a freelancer. Visit our website for more information!