The COVID-19 virus is having a profound impact on the daily lives of all Americans, especially audiologists who serve a large senior population or who live or work in a heavily affected community or geographical are.
First, audiologists should educate themselves on the virus and its effects and consider implementing the CDC guidance, specifically, workplace school and home guidance. This site offers the most up to date, definitive information on COVID-19 and its mitigation.
Here are some mitigation and social isolation considerations audiologists could consider:
Evaluate your practice’s financial situation and financial safety net. Should your practice fall within a containment zone or need to close for any length of time, it is important to answer these questions before the situation arises.
- How many days, weeks or months could you financially survive without income?
- What local, state, and federal governmental resources, subsidies, low-interest loans, or stimulus offerings are available to you and your business?
- Do you have business interruption insurance and, if so, how does it address public health emergencies?
- Can you reduce your business expenses and overhead expenses over the next few months, and if so, how?