Physicians, staff must lead by example on COVID safety messages
When Indiana entered Stage 5 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Back-on-Track COVID-19 reopening plan and lifted some restrictions, the message from state health experts remained the same: Continue to take precautions against infection. Still, ISMA recently became aware of a troubling report – A patient with underlying health conditions was told by a mid-level health care provider that moving to Stage 5 meant Hoosiers could now “do what they wanted.”

It’s possible that such misinformation and other signs of “COVID fatigue” are causing Indiana’s current surge in positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths. ISMA is reminding physicians to ensure that all staff are communicating proper COVID-19 protocols, including the ongoing need to wear face masks, practice social distancing and take other preventive measures.

Consumer studies indicate that physicians are the most trusted source for information on the coronavirus. That means the leadership of Hoosier doctors and the example set by staff are crucial to controlling the pandemic.

Health care workers should continue to encourage patients to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Share the seven important steps below with your followers on social media to prevent the surge from getting worse, or share ISMA’s posts on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information on public and professional resources regarding COVID-19 from the Indiana Department of Health, visit Information specific to physicians is available on ISMA’s COVID-19 resources page.

7 steps for patients to protect themselves and others from COVID-19

  1. Wear a face mask.
  2. Stay at least 6 feet from others.
  3. Wash your hands often.
  4. Stay home if you are feeling sick.
  5. Get tested if you were potentially infected.
  6. Isolate yourself when appropriate.
  7. Assist contact tracing efforts.