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Escaping Another Lockdown

A May 13, 2020 article in The New Yorker magazine by Atul Gawande MD gave an extensive outline of what we can do to stop the spread of the coronavirus and avoid another lockdown.

The following is my synopsis of what he says works:

  1. Social distancing
  2. Wearing masks
  3. Hygienic techniques, including hand washing, antiseptic gel and non-touching
  4. Getting tested with any symptoms
  5. Staying home from work with symptoms
  6. Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
  7. Adapting to the cultural change that fighting this pandemic involves, instead of resisting it

Think of this as baking a cake. You must put in all the ingredients to make it work. Some of this is just common sense. Unfortunately, as Horace Greeley said, “common sense is a very uncommon trait.”

With the recent surge in cases in South Carolina, the public needs to do everything possible to stop the spread. South Carolina is now one of the leading states in reports of new cases.

We need to think of our family, neighbors, and friends and take the appropriate precautions to avoid another lockdown. Doing the right thing, even when you don’t feel like it, is beneficial to everyone, and plain good manners.

Edmund Rhett, MD

Patient Guide for Future Appointments

Rhett Women’s Center continues to follow safe procedures for patient appointments. To our valued patients, here is a helpful guide on how to prepare for your upcoming appointment with us.

  1. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. For example, the 8:00 am patient should plan to arrive at 7:30 am.
  2. Masks are required. Any type of mask is acceptable.
  3. No visitors are admitted to treatment or waiting areas. If a family member or a friend is accompanying you, they may wait outside of the lobby. *Rhett Women’s Center outpatient surgery patients may bring one person to their appointment
  4. Please do not bring children to your appointment.
  5. Any patient with a fever or symptoms at our entry check-in will be rescheduled. If you have a fever or related respiratory symptoms, please stay home and call our office to reschedule.
  6. We are collecting co-pays prior to your appointment time to reduce the need to handle credit cards and currency. This is also an important part of expediting your appointment time as we are limiting how many patients are seen at once. Your co-pay collection will be done by phone two days ahead of your scheduled appointment date. Please answer or return our call prior to your appointment.

With these efforts, our Rhett Women’s Center team ensures your safe return to managing your ongoing health and well-being.

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