Rower Michelle Posted June 16, 2020 Share Posted June 16, 2020 One of the benefits of being in a "flyover" state (aka one of those square states in the middle" is the COVID prevalence has been pretty low compared to other areas across the county. After micro analyzing my county data, I felt comfortable to dip my toe in the waters. Last week I had a few experiences in the real world that I wanted to share with you all: a trip to the hairdresser, the dentist and the PCP. If this weren't a pandemic it would be an odd book title... The hairdresser: for a haircut and of course, the highlights. I scheduled the first early morning appointment on a Monday, plenty of time to de-germ the place. BIG stop sign at the door, do not enter without a mask. Upon entry I was greeting with bleach aroma. Next up, the waiting area, gonzo. There's a sign in station where the stylist took my temperature, and a release form. Sanitized pens along with wipes and a contaminated pen bin. Obviously the lawyers got involved, initial and acknowledge in 9 different places, sign the form and place my clearly printed name along with appointment time and cell phone number. The hairdryers have been dispersed all over the salon, no more rows. The stylists were armed with large disinfectant bottles, spraying every conceivable surface before and after each use. Everyone had masks on. Minimal talking too. They are getting tired working through the massive backlog. The dentist: pretty much the same entry as the hair salon, with the addition of giant portable air ionizers in many different locations. We were greeted as if being prepped for open heart surgery. It was like a CSI crime scene. The staff was covered in hooded jumpsuits, masks , eye protection and facial shields. There was a short release of information, about the quarter of the size of the salon's. We could visibly observe the staff running around with canisters of sanitizing wipes, even the x-ray machines that don't touch you face. Everyone was is great spirits happy to get back to work. The PCP: are you ready for this??? Almost business as usual. The waiting area was intact, although completely empty. The front office staff was not required to wear masks, there was no plexiglass partition installed, the place did smell like bleach.. Regular community pens with no "post use bins" I had to sign a short release about COVID exposure, the shortest form of my three visits. The doctors and nurses were wearing surgical masks, no facial shields . Holy cow! To be fair when I called to schedule an appointment, they did ask questions about my potential exposure to COVID. I asked my doctor about this his response was curious: the world has over reacted. The practice is taking all reasonable precautions, pre-screening patients, not allowing visitors, wiping down surfaces, they are following the county health guidance where masks are optional. They have had zero patients with COVID and statistically the COVID risk is less than a quarter of one percent So why was I there in the first place-- "runners knee", I've had knee pain for the last three weeks and needed an x-ray, because as you all know we can not have any aches or pains that can be ignored. Evidently in my lockdown boredom, I haven't paid any attention as to how much exercise I was actually doing and inadvertently added a few extra hours a week without realizing it. That comes under the heading of "oh duh". PCP says in our county the risk of contracting COVID is .00001% (yes that is four zeros). He said that doesn't mean I can head to physical therapy because he's worried about COVID complications and lung cancer. With the saddest of faces, he said we should still hunker down for a while longer. Carry on... Michelle BridgetO, Tom Galli, Lisa L and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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