We, the physicians of Herold Road, believe in providing the best care to our patients. In light of the new universal masking recommendations, and multiple phone calls from concerned patients regarding universal masking, we have evaluated the current available evidence. To date, the current evidence for masking during COVID 19 outweighs any theoretical risks. As such, we fully advocate for universal masking, in addition to maintaining a 2m physical distance at all times and diligent frequent handwashing (or the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
Inappropriate medical exemptions have the potential to inadvertently hasten the spread of COVID19 in our community.
However, there are exceptional circumstances, which do warrant consideration of a mask exemption. These include:
people, especially children, with severe sensory processing disorders
patients with facial deformities that are incompatible with masking
children less than 2 years of age
children less than 5 years of age (cognitively or developmentally) who refuse to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to
people with PTSD who are triggered by a face covering
extreme agoraphobia/asphyxia phobia (which is longstanding predating COVID 19)
people with cognitive impairment, intellectual deficiency or autism spectrum disorder for who wearing a face covering will cause severe distress or disorganization
people unable to apply or remove a face covering without help
If you believe, based upon the above criteria, that you warrant an exemption, or if you want to discuss your concerns with your physician, please call the clinic for a virtual appointment. You will be booked with your own physician.
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