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Hair Transplant Safety

Best practices in medical settings are crucially vital in today's world. Dangerous and rapidly gaining hosts, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus) is a threatening sickness affecting many and claiming the lives of some. A medical clinic first and foremost, we feel obliged to post about this contagion in regards to hair transplant procedures.

Far off from the infectiousness or threat of measles or similar diseases, COVID-19 is still is a pandemic that requires measures unpracticed since the last threat of the same scale.  Our rundown includes info about the virus, the current state of its spread, and ways we can curb it.

A Quick Word to Hair Transplant and Treatment Patients

Deterrents are necessary but for the time being Forhair will continue operating. Some services can continue uninterrupted, such as free digital consultations. Schedules are quickly changing, particularly due to the realities of global and interstate travel to the USA. Some patients will need to slot a different appointment, naturally, and we are happy to adjust or contact patients about new vacancies. Patients due at our international clinics will receive the option to receive the shaven-hair FUE option at a reduced rate. We also are happy to address hair loss questions and concerns.   

Georgia itself has an increasing number of cases, with just under a thousand confirmed today. We will follow any and all new procedures and standards as they are introduced. For the time being, there are no statewide restrictions that will impact our operation or the creation of hair growth solutions. Further, there are no recorded cases of COVID-19 within Forhair’s immediate area. Patients arriving via Atlanta, GA or exposed areas will want to be mindful of precautions when traveling.

Kim - Forhair's head nurse

Forhair’s Practices During COVID-19

Forhair is adopting the same stringent precautions as any medical establishment. Accustomed to traveling and aware of medical threats, Dr. Cole personally takes precautions that also minimize the risk of infection. He and the staff also are used to best practices when conducting procedures internationally. Safety suggestions to minimize exposure to the virus were issued two months ago and currently follow procedures set by Dr. Cooley of the IASRS. While at Forhair expect:

  • N95 masks for all staff and patients
  • Use of hand sanitizers when entering and navigating the office
  •  Awareness of COVID-19 symptoms

We may also begin screening patients for recent past travel and/or testing patients. We will comply with all public ordinances regarding its control. If that happens we will inform patients accordingly.

COVID-19

A novel strain of SARS, COVID-19 particularly threatens those with respiratory or immune problems. Its rapid spread and our current susceptibility to it is a current lack of herd immunity or vaccine. After this initial outbreak, its prevalence should decrease. For the time being, containment is the only option as there is no cure.

Symptoms and Specifics

COVID-19 is a novel flu and as such expresses those symptoms. Onset is after around a week of exposure but range from three days to two weeks. Symptoms last from one to two weeks but severe cases have remained for up to six weeks. They include: 

  • Low-grade fever
  • Body aches
  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

Severe cases are rare. They typically arise in those with medical conditions, such as those with weakened immune systems or lung, heart, liver, kidney, or blood disorders. Symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Severe cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia

Currently, one percent of COVID-19 cases have proved fatal. This is significantly lower than SARS and MERS but is greater than the seasonal flu. Chances of exposure is also high for areas that do not maintain regular cleanliness; COVID-19 can survive on surfaces between hours and days. It really is at each person’s discretion, and their physician’s advice, if they should stop medicine that also suppresses the immune symptom.

Suggestions to Minimize Exposure to COVID-19

This virus can is preventable by taking steps to isolate yourself from it. The goal is to limit exposure either by contact or through the air. Having the right equipment helps, as does being creative when navigating public infrastructure. Below are some ways to minimize exposure to the virus.

  • Carry a 60% alcohol hand sanitizer with you at all times.
  • Keep hand sanitizer at the door of your home and office before entering.  
  • Avoid directly touching doors and buttons with your fingertips; try using the back of a knuckle or an elbow instead.  
  • Sanitize hands immediately after touching exposed objects.
  • Make sure your mask is an N95; airborne infection is unlikely unless there’s coughing or sneezes directly in your face.
  • Wipe down public areas you’re using with a disinfectant wipe, then apply hand sanitizer.
  • Carry an N95 mask, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and disposable gloves.

Such precautions can make a huge difference when navigating contaminated areas. Proper handling of equipment and effective patterns of sterilizing your immediate environment and hands are also essential for preventing exposure. Also note that being in closed environments can increase the chance of airborne exposure; the N95 mask really can make a difference then.

Conclusion

The patient always comes first at Forhair, exactly why we prioritize their safety during treatments and/or surgery. Medical professionals first and foremost, we emphasize a sanitized and safe area. Infection from a hair transplant is rare. Without clinical best practices, though, they can happen. Part of such is containing the spread of any and all diseases.

Along with respiratory and contact-based pathogens, hair transplant clinics also must consider bloodborne illnesses. COVID-19 spreads through the former; one reason disinfecting hands and surfaces, as well as wearing breath masks in areas with contamination, is essential. Nonetheless, there is little chance COVID-19 will find its way here. An outpatient clinic with one main surgeon, patients' chance of being infected by COVID-19 at Forhair is exceedingly slim. 

We hope our current and former patients are unimpeded by COVID-19. We also wish our best towards those dealing with any complications, be they travel restrictions or quarantine. Expect updates if the virus leads to any new precautions or restrictions. Here’s hoping this pandemic ends soon.

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