The team at New Jersey Spine Specialists has been actively preparing for a potential Coronavirus outbreak in our area. The health and safety of our patients is a top priority, and we are closely monitoring the news regarding the respiratory illness, known as COVID-19, to stay abreast of this serious health concern.
In order to decrease COVID-19 spread, we are encouraging patients to stay home unless they have an urgent spinal concern. If you are not certain about the urgency of your condition, please speak with our staff and we are happy to help determine this. Social distancing is currently recommended to try and decrease community transmission. Even if you are young and healthy, you can transmit the virus to others. We are still operating normal business hours but, like many other businesses, are working remotely when able. This may apply even to office visits in the near future- we are trialing methods of patient evaluation remotely, such as via a secure telemedicine platform. Please also be aware that all healthcare facilities in the region have now restricted non-urgent surgeries, and this may be the case for quite some time. If you do have an urgent spinal issue, we still plan to see and evaluate you as we normally would. Please be patient with us and all healthcare providers as our healthcare environment is constantly adapting to new information and recommendations.
As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread, NJSS would like to remind our patients that – as with all viruses – prevention is key. There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and there are no medications approved to treat it.
While we are currently disinfecting our offices, we adamantly encourage our patients to adhere to good hygiene practices. As a reminder, the CDC always recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Limit close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid handshakes. Try an elbow bump
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands)
- Get a flu shot if you have not done so this season
Keep informed by obtaining information from trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, WHO, NJDOH, and local health departments.
CDC Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.htm
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
New Jersey Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center: 1-800-222-1122