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Regulations Governing the Practice of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatry, and Chiropractic [18 VAC 85 ‑ 20]
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4/12/22  11:33 am
Commenter: Elaine Wolf Komarow

Adopting this petition would be detrimental to public safety

It is an important rule in healthcare to do no harm. Universal masking, following health guidelines, and being able to have a complete medical history before treatment are critical to doing no harm. Forcing vulnerable individuals and their families to receive medical care in facilities with unmasked individuals or go without medical care does harm. Many health care providers have died due to workplace exposure to infectious diseases. Forbidding them from protecting themselves is wrong and would contribute to existing shortages of providers. I strongly oppose any regulation which would forbid health care providers from doing their utmost to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

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