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Updated as of 04/08/2020 at 10:42am CST
The NCPA and SecureCare are using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as our reliable sources of information on this important topic.
At this time, chiropractors fall under the medical professional/healthcare facilities category, which are not required to close, but are advised to observe physical distancing to the extent possible, and follow all other applicable local, state, and federal guidelines for disease prevention and disinfection of surfaces.
On the federal level, according to the Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & infrastructure Security Agency, chiropractors are listed as an essential healthcare service provider, but it is important to note, that this information is not a federal mandate. Please visit: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce for additional information.
All chiropractic offices can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by educating themselves and their patients about the current status of the virus, symptoms, risk factors, and what they can do to minimize the risk of infection.
NCMIC's webinar by Dr. Tim Bertelsman: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/fe0335cf77fd4dd4b412ee1f359fbb5c/recording/64e555739c5d4f5a83aaecbe0ab86bc8/watch?source=CHANNEL
ChiroCode Webinar by Dr. Evan Gwilliam: https://www.chirocode.com/webinar/does-telehealth-work-in-chiropractic-offices-during-the-pandemic-36555
Telehealth Article from PayDC: https://paydc.com/2020/03/19/telehealth-and-home-care-for-chiropractic-and-physical-medicine-practices/
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Webinar Library: https://www.f4cp.org/package/video
Financial Recovery and Informational Resources:
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry Coronavirus Resource Page: https://www.nechamber.com/coronavirus-update.html
Nebraska Department of Economic Development COVID-19 Resource Page: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/nded-covid19/
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance: https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications
U.S. Treasury Paycheck Protection Program: https://home.treasury.gov/cares
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act): https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/cares-act-small-business-guide
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Accelerated and Advanced Payments Information: www.cms.gov/files/document/Accelerated-and-Advanced-Payments-Fact-Sheet.pdf & Emergency Information Website: https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page
ChiroHealthUSA and QuarterMasterTax Webinar about applying for SBA Loans: https://www.chirohealthusa.com/webinars/sba-disaster-relief-tax-credits-rebates-for-chiropractors/
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19:
What is Coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new virus caused by a strain of coronavirus, which is from the same virus family as the common cold. It was declared as a "public health emergency of international concern" by the World Health Organization on January 30, 2020, and then a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
What are the symptoms?
The most common early symptoms appear between 2-14 days after infection. Symptoms can include fever, dry cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can be mild to severe, but the severity is dependent on any underlying health conditions, such as
heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. The symptoms also begin gradually. Click here to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
How does the virus spread?
Like many other viruses, COVID-19 seems to spread from person to person through the exchange of small droplets from the nose or mouth via coughing, sneezing, or kissing. Another way to contract the virus is through surface contamination. Infectious droplets can remain on surfaces for an unknown amount of time and can be transferred when someone touches the infected surface then touches their eyes, nose or mouth. The incubation period can range from 1 to 14 days, with the most common of 5 days, before people begin showing symptoms of the disease.
What is the risk?
As of today, the CDC states that the risk in the U.S. varies depending on the state. The CDC website will be updated regularly with the current status, which can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html
What is your role as a healthcare provider?
As a healthcare provider, you have an opportunity to help your community limit the spread of COVID-19. This can be done by educating your patients on the proper precautions to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
How can I prevent getting COVID-19?
More information about prevention can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html