Healthcare providers are on the front line of risk in the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone who gets up close to you and to many other customers risks getting infected and, if they don’t take the right precautions, passing the disease on to others. The NY Times had a very interesting infographic that I recommend looking at just to see how it was implemented, if for no other reason, on the risk of coronavirus infection that different workers face by occupation and how many workers are in each group (spoiler alert: in the text that goes with the article there’s a bit of a “political(?)” sermon at the end about the compensation needed, e.g., paid sick leave, to help stem the epidemic). Besides doctors and dentists, nurses, hairdressers and barbers are much more at risk than the average member of society. I would imagine audiologists and other HCP’s are also similarly at risk. Now might NOT be a good time to go to a hospital, for example, to get a cochlear implant, or maybe even visit your audiologist if you don’t really need to.
Just as a point of information, I did not flag anyone’s post in the following thread https://forum.hearingtracker.com/t/anyone-think-coronavirus-will-bring-down-hearing-aid-prices/ but I did urge @AbramBaileyAuD privately in a PM to stand up for the truth in our present pandemic, rather than just lock threads. Hopefully this forum and Abram’s overall website provides the best healthcare information available, e.g., should you hold off seeing your audiologist?, should you have a cochlear implant now?, etc., during the pandemic. I’m waiting for the Dr. Cliff video on the healthcare implications in audiology on the coronavirus pandemic rather than just selling hearing aids and audiology services… <joking about Dr. Cliff but if he feels disposed to do so, more power to him!>
BTW, today wife and I received an e-mail that Gold’s Gym is closing all corporate locations fitness centers at least for a few weeks. What is the message audiologists want us to know about managing the risk in this arena of healthcare? Shall we just come on in, the waters fine?!, or what’s the official advice on hearing healthcare during the pandemic, what best practices to follow??