Of course pharmacies and pharmacists also have to do everything possible to reduce the risk of infection. It is necessary to protect pharmacists, but also front line medical workers and patients who come into the pharmacy. Standard measures of caution should be followed in pharmacies.
The virus spreads from person to person through droplet infection, mainly through a close contact with a person with a suspected infection who has symptoms characteristic to the infection, mainly a cough. A pharmacist must keep a distance with the client, when possible use protective gloves and when necessary a protective mask. It is also sensible to reorganise the work of the pharmacy: limit the free movement of people among the shelves, disinfect surfaces that are in frequent use, restrict several people entering at the same time etc.
Many pharmacies have already reorganised their work this way to reduce the risk of infection.
The web page of the Estonian Health Board contains all the guidelines that pharmacies have to base themselves on as well. https://www.terviseamet.ee/et/COVID-19-trukised.
The Agency of Medicines has also worked out recommendations in order to protect both the pharmacists and the patients: https://www.ravimiamet.ee/kkk-%E2%80%93-covid-19-ja-apteegid
Last updated: 24.05.2020 21:16
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