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Handwashing Is Key To Good Health

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At Watts Healthcare, we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving developments related to the coronavirus. WHCC has implemented universal screenings at our health center locations for patients, visitors and employees as a precautionary response, and our healthcare teams have been trained on the proper use of personal protective equipment to limit possible exposure.

 

WHCC providers will continue working diligently to educate our patients on preventative actions to stop the spread of respiratory diseases, in alignment with recommendations issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a public health organization, our responsibility is to collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy and improve health outcomes.

 

As reported in LA Times, community clinics and health centers are a vital part of the country’s healthcare system but the current crisis has created revenue and resource challenges. As a result of this pandemic, our organization has been forced to make organizational changes in alignment with public health guidance.

 

In an interview with LA Times, Watts Healthcenter’s President and CEO, Dr. Roderick Seamster, assured that Watts Healthcare is still seeing patients with chronic illnesses, and to reduce the risk of exposure, the organization has implemented a strict screening of patients and staff at every entrance.

 

As we navigate through the coronavirus outbreak, we remain committed to ensuring that our patients, employees and community feel safe and valued. We are grateful to our staff who remain at the frontlines in the fight against coronavirus.

 

For more information on the LA Times article, visit: WHCC NEWS

Handwashing is the simplest, but also the most underrated way of preventing sickness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

 

Most disease is spread through direct and indirect contact. In our day to day life, we are often in direct physical contact with other people who may be sick, and it is easy for disease to spread from others we are in close contact with.

 

Other more indirect ways of spreading disease includes physical contact with a contaminated surface. Doorknobs, childrens’ toys, pens, beds, tables and medical instruments are a few examples of items that can indirectly transmit disease, particularly if there are infected bodily droplets on these items.

 

So why is it important to wash your hands? If someone with the flu or a cold sneezes into their hands and grabs a doorknob that you touch immediately afterwards, the chances of becoming ill with the flu are significantly higher if you do not wash your hands. Some other diseases that can spread through direct and indirect contact are measles, coronavirus (COVID-19), diarrhea and tuberculosis.

 

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

 

 

    • Before, during, and after preparing food
    • Before eating food
    • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
    • Before and after treating a cut or wound
    • After using the toilet
    • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
    • After handling pet food or pet treats
    • After touching garbage

 

 

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom, before eating, and especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, one recommendation is to have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol handy.

 

If you are feeling feverish, experiencing shortness of breath, and coughing, please visit Watts Healthcare Same Day Clinic for immediate assistance.

 

We care about your health. If you are not feeling well, call us at (323) 564-4331 before visiting us at our health centers or to schedule a telephone appointment.

For more on how to keep yourself healthy, our precautions and what you need to know about Coronavirus, visit: http://www.wattshealth.org/coronavirus-news/

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