At Muir Orthopaedic Specialists we are following County recommendations and requiring that all visitors wear a face covering to enter our clinic buildings. Contra Costa and health officials from other Bay Area Counties are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth with cloth when leaving home for essential travel such as to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. The regional recommendation aligns with new guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
So please be sure to bring your face covering when coming to your appointment.
The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable. Fabric covers and bandanas can be washed and used again.
Dr. Chris Farnitano, Health Officer for Contra Costa County, stated that the County does not recommend that the public use medical masks (N-95 or surgical masks), which are in limited supply and must be preserved for our health care workers and first responders. The guidance stated that acceptable face coverings can be made of a variety of cloth materials, be factory-made or handsewn, or can be improvised using bandanas, scarves, t-shirts, sweatshirts or towels. Face coverings should be washed frequently with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. Ideally, wash your face covering after each use, and have a dedicated laundry bag or bin. Make sure the covering is comfortable - you do not want to have to keep adjusting the mask, which means touching your face.
It is also recommended to always wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before AND after touching your face or face coverings.
The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) have also issued guidelines regarding face coverings. CDC states that in order to be most effective, cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape