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COVID-19 Deaths are Why We have a COVID-19 Safety Policy

Our clinic’s COVID-19 policy is in place to keep patients, vendors and our employees safe. Additionally, exposure prevention is key to keeping our clinic doors open and welcoming to all.

A recently published article in Scientific American entitled COVID-19 is Now the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. illustrates the pandemic’s mark on our society and why simple measures to keep it from spreading are just a neighborly thing to do.

The article starts off stating, “The human toll underlying that milestone figure [200,000 deaths] is a number about as big as the population of Salt Lake City or Birmingham, Ala.—and greater than the deaths in any U.S. conflict except for the Civil War and World War II.”

This graph captures how significant this virus has been to our society’s general health. “It killed more people than stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, kidney disease or influenza.”

Additionally, in the first 8 months of this year, COVID-19 caused the annual death rate in the U.S. to increase back to that of 1970. The graph below plots the monthly death rates for each of the past 20 years. April 2020 was the peak of COVID-19 deaths and a record that nobody wants to break.

Simple safety measures should always be considered as we navigate the remainder of this pandemic. Washing hands, use of sanitizers and masks, along with maintaining local social distance restrictions are key in reducing viral spread and death rates of family, friends, neighbors and random strangers.

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