Since the first coronavirus cases were reported, CompuScripts has stayed abreast of practices promoting the health and safety of our staff, our court reporters, and our clients. At this writing, much of the country has loosened quarantine restrictions. So in this month’s blog, CompuScripts reviews current COVID-19 safety protocols designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that the first diagnosed case of COVID-19 occurred in the United States in January 2020. Initially, Americans were not encouraged to wear masks. This was partly due to the shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, among hospital workers.
Since then, government and public health leaders have asked everyone who is able to wear masks in public. The University of Maryland Medical System says that masks protect others from the novel coronavirus, especially if the wearer is asymptomatic. This occurs by reducing the respiratory droplets that are spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
During the pandemic, CompuScripts encourages everyone who enters our offices and conference rooms to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, CompuScripts will be happy to supply one.
A new term in this year’s vernacular has been “social distancing.” Social distancing is the maintenance of a safe physical distance between individuals to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that individuals remain separated by 6 feet or more when in public. This lessens the possibility that respiratory droplets from their mouths or noses are transmitted to others. Social distancing and wearing masks go hand-in-hand to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
Because of the unique setup of our Columbia, South Carolina, conference room, witnesses, attorneys, and court reporters may participate in face-to-face depositions while maintaining the recommended social distance of 6 feet.
While airborne respiratory droplets may transmit COVID-19, contact contamination occurs when an individual touches a surface contaminated with the virus. Contact transmission may then occur when contaminated hands touch the mouth, nose, or eyes. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that frequent hand-washing is “extremely important to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
WHO recommends washing hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds. This is the roughly the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. If soap and water are not available, hands may be cleaned with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. And if “Happy Birthday” is not your song of choice, visit washyourlyrics.com, which generates a hand-washing poster featuring your favorite song lyrics.
In our Columbia, South Carolina, office, restrooms are cleaned between use, and conference room surfaces are cleaned between depositions. We also provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer for use by our clients, their witnesses, and our court reporters.
When you are ready to schedule a deposition, be confident that we are keeping up with the latest recommendations from the CDC and WHO. While no one can eliminate the risk of spreading the disease entirely, CompuScripts is dedicated to the adherence of all government and public health recommendations. It is our goal to do everything we can to protect the health of our clients, staff, and court reporters.