The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic requiring a global coordinated effort.
The situation is evolving rapidly and is having a significant impact on the health system and the community. Early reports suggest person-to-person transmission most commonly happens during close exposure to a person infected with COVID-19, primarily via respiratory droplets produced when the infected person coughs or sneezes.
The symptoms of the virus can include fever and flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath. Whilst anyone can be infected by the coronavirus, it is the most vulnerable community, such as the elderly, people with disabilities and those with pre-existing health conditions that are most susceptible to the symptoms.
We urge our members to take action to mitigate risk of COVID-19 in their pedorthic practices and stores. These include:
- Complete the COVID-19 Infection Control Training
- Ensure all staff have a good understanding of infection control principles
- Implement a screening process to assess patients prior to attendance; advising patients to reconsider/delay treatment if they have flu like symptoms, have returned from overseas travel or had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Know the signs of the coronavirus and remain vigilant
- Display posters and signage on COVID-19 symptoms, hand hygiene, and respiratory hygiene around the practice
We have compiled a list of resources with useful information to support pedorthists and their patients.