What We’re Doing to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
UPDATE for March 24, 2020 — Austin’s Shelter-in-Place Order
Due to Austin’s “Shelter-in-Place Order” put in place on March 24th, 2020, we will no longer screen new study candidates. This will be in effect until at least April 13, 2020. If you were scheduled for a screening appointment, we will contact you once the order is nearing expiration to reschedule.
DermResearch will continue follow-up visits for ongoing studies in order to monitor the safety of our currently-enrolled study participants. We are scheduling follow up visits to minimize or eliminate any visit overlap so people encounter the absolute minimum number of people.
Thank you for your patience during this uncertain time.
We encourage all study participants who would like more information about our safety process to call us at 512.349.9889. Please note that our general phone number (512.349.0500) may not be staffed full time over the shelter-in-place period.
DermResearch’s number one priority is the health and safety of our participants, staff, and our larger Austin community. We are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- We will contact all of our participants before any regularly scheduled appointments and will ask if they have a fever, shortness of breath, or coughing. If they answer yes to any of those symptoms, then our staff will reschedule their appointments.
- Access to our clinic and waiting room will be limited to participants and DermResearch staff only.
- All DermResearch staff are consistently washing hands and disinfecting all surfaces before and after participant visits.
Please call us at 512.349.9889 or email us if you have any questions or concerns.
You Can Help Keep Your Friends, Family, and Austin Healthy
With COVID-19 now designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, it’s up to all of us to help keep our Austin community healthy. Fortunately, there are some very simple things that you can do to help.
- Wash your hands with soap, regularly, for at least 20 seconds. Hint: singing Happy Birthday to yourself twice is about 20 seconds. Here’s a WHO video on how to properly wash your hands.
- If you’re not able to wash your hands immediately, use hand sanitizer. But handwashing is always the better option.
- It can be downright difficult but try not to touch your face. On average, we touch our faces 23 times an hour!
- Cover your entire mouth and nose with a tissue to sneeze or cough, and throw the tissue away immediately. If no tissue is available, make sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- It can benefit us all to curb non-essential travel and attendance at events, even when you feel okay. You can be asymptomatic and still pass it on to others, who may be more vulnerable.
For more information, please consult the CDC’s website.