How to protect your health
COVID-19, the coronavirus, is all over the news, the country and the world.
Dr. Green's office's infection control policies surpass all government regulations. We sterilize all instruments in an autoclave and wipe down all surfaces after each patient encounter. All materials that are not sterilized are discarded in the trash. We have placed dispensers of hand sanitizer throughout the office and we encourage all patients and visitors to use them.
Personally, we wash and sanitize our hands before and after each patient encounter. We also request that anyone who may have a cold or flu like symptoms to please reschedule their appointment.
Our commitment is to your health both dentally and physically.
James Robb at UC San Diego, one of the first molecular virologists to study the genes of the coronavirus, believes the pandemic in the U.S. will become more widespread in the upcoming weeks and months.
Precautions that Dr. Robb and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommend are the same as for any cold, flu or pneumonia during influenza season:
- WASH YOUR HANDS with soap & water for at least 20 seconds or use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- NO HANDSHAKING Use a fist bump, slight bow or elbow bump.
- Use ONLY your knuckle to turn light switches on or off, push elevator buttons, etc.
- Open doors with a CLOSED FIST or hip. DO NOT grasp the handle with your hand unless you absolutely have to
- USE DISINFECTANT WIPES at stores when they are available, including wiping the handle of the child seat in grocery carts
- KEEP HAND SANITIZER in your car and throughout your home
- USE DISPOSABLE TISSUES if you have to cough or sneeze & discard immediately.
- Sneeze into your ELBOW if you have to, but wash your clothes soon after. The infectious virus can be passed on for up to a week or more on any surface.
The coronavirus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. When they land on surfaces, they are infectious for 3 days or MORE on average. The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or if someone coughs or sneezes directly in your face. So avoid touching your eyes, face, mouth and nose. FACE MASKS are not needed if you are healthy.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at our office. 973-228-0252.
Dr. Green and Staff have been updating our infection control policies and systems every other year through Continuing Education with the New York State Department of Health.