While COVID-19 is a significant challenge for the entire healthcare system, physician practices face a unique set of issues themselves. They must balance between the acute needs of their patients, while also managing their staff through a major crisis.
The coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has killed more than 70 people and infected more 4,000 more in the United States. Every state except West Virginia has reported at least one case of the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As the United States enters its first week of widespread school closures and restrictions on restaurants, bars and other businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic remakes daily life for millions of Americans, and the medical community is helping prevent the spread of the disease.
Getting a handle on the virus will not be easy, Robert McLean, MD, an internist and president of the American College of Physicians, told Ophthalmology Times’® sister publication, Medical Economics.®
McLean said physicians need to ensure that they keep their staff, colleagues, and patients safe.
“Since there are such concerns over the contagious nature of COVID-19, physicians are steering patients with specific symptoms of fever and cough and concerns over possible COVID-19 infection to not come into the office,” he said. “The practice staff need reassurance that the physicians are doing everything possible to ensure staff safety while trying to deliver appropriate care to patients."