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Are we past the peak? AdventHealth's experts discuss what reopening businesses might look like

In a new Facebook Live series, AdventHealth will answer questions every Tuesday and Thursday.
by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

In the future, when businesses are encouraged to reopen, how will employees and customers be kept safe? Dr. Vincent Hsu, infection control officer at AdventHealth, and Dr. Scott Brady, an internal medicine physician and president of AdventHealth Centra Care, answered this and other questions April 21 at a new Facebook Live show.

The show will be streamed at 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Previous episodes can be watched after the fact.

"Social distancing is going to be with us for the foreseeable future," Hsu said. "Keeping customers, keeping people six feet apart. Restaurants, for example, may need to space their tables farther apart. When lines form, there may need to be markers on the ground so customers know to stay 6 feet apart. We do need to get this open, but we can do that in a way that reduces the risk of transmission."

Brady also said AdventHealth employees wear masks and take their temperatures; other businesses may need to do the same as the economy eventually reopens. Employees and businesses will also need to take very seriously the advice to stay home if you're feeling sick.


Can you get COVID-19 by touching a package?

Hsu also discussed the likelihood of getting the virus from handling groceries or deliveries. It is possible to touch an infected package, then touch your mouth, and then become infected. Hsu said washing your hands after handling packages is recommended.

However, Hsu said, "We have not heard of anyone who has developed COVID from touching a package."


Are we past the peak?

Data indicate that the curve is flattening, according to Hsu. 

"We may be at our peak, and we are starting to see a slight decline now, which may indicate we are past our peak," he said. The initial numbers, he said, indicated that the spread would be even worse than it has been. The fact that the number of new cases has slowed down is encouraging.


Brian McMillan has been editor of the Palm Coast Observer since it began in 2010. He was named the Journalist of the Year for weekly newspapers in North America by the Local Media Association in 2012. He lives in Palm Coast with his wife and five children. Email...

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