What Can You Do During a Shelter in Place Order? Your Guide to Healthcare and COVID-19

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, government officials have begun to take extreme actions. We have been asked, and in some cases told, to shelter in place and distance ourselves socially. While this may cause anxiety and fear, we think that by being able to understand what is being asked of us we can eliminate some of the fear so that we can focus on staying healthy and happy. 

Here are some things we want to point out about current policies being put into place:

Sheltering in Place During COVID-19 Outbreak

Sheltering in place does not mean that you cannot leave your home. In fact, some doctors have suggested that fresh air will do us some good during these times, and taking walks or riding bicycles is encouraged. What is not encouraged, however, are social gatherings and instances where people are not more than 6 feet away from one another. It is important to note that even being 6 feet away from the next person is not a guarantee to keep you healthy. When we are out, we touch things that harbor germs, and then naturally, we touch our faces. Sheltering in place is a simple and effective way to make exposure to the virus as little as possible. 

Providing and Receiving Health Care During COVID-19 Outbreak

Providing and receiving health care are absolutely allowed during these times. The virus is notorious for causing severe complications for the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems or other underlying health conditions. This means that for someone who has diabetes needs to make sure they are actively seeing their health provider. Also, make certain that they have enough insulin. 

Providing and Receiving Substance Abuse & Eating Disorder Treatment During COVID-19 Outbreak

Behavioral health treatment may not occur to some as “life-sustaining”. However, it really is. Fairwinds Treatment Center works to keep our patients and staff safe by following strict protocols for social distancing, disinfecting and hand washing. Patients receiving mental health therapy and treatment for an addiction and eating disorders at our facility also remain safe due to our current no-visitation policy along with social distancing and other protocols from the CDC. Alternatively, patients can opt for Telehealth and Virtual Therepy services. Telehealth is a useful tool for anyone seeking medical help, whether it be for mental or physical health care.¬†Assessments can be made over the phone or video conference.

Can I Leave My Home for Non-Health Related Reasons During COVID-19 Outbreak?

This is a good question. Yes, if you stay away from large groups of people, practice good hygiene, and distance yourself at least 6 feet. Putting gas in your car, ordering contact-free delivery, or going through a contact-free drive-through relieve cabin fever. Our businesses will need all of the help they can get during this time. By continuing to buy their goods we can help stimulate the economy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to remember to always wash your hands during and after your time out of your home. 


We hope that this article has been able to provide you with some peace of mind. As always, we want you to know that we are here for you. Contact us to learn more.