Oklahoma at Phase 3 of Re-opening Plan Amid Coronavirus

CDC Provides COVID-19 Recommendations for Vulnerable Workers

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A physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, has served as secretary/treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 2012. Since finishing his residency at the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, has focused on preventive medicine and public health.

Committed to nationwide public health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regularly updates its coronavirus recommendations for the public and businesses. The CDC publishes guidelines designed to guide businesses in preventing and slowing the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. The CDC offers specific guidelines for companies that employ particularly vulnerable groups, including individuals over the age of 65 or those with underlying medical conditions.

CDC recommends that employers of vulnerable populations allow them to work remotely whenever possible, in addition to offering them job responsibilities with minimal contact with customers or fellow employees. For the latest CDC coronavirus recommendations, visit http://www.cdc.gov.

The Long Term Impact of COVID-19 on the American Workplace

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An Oklahoma City preventive care and occupational health physician, William D. Jones, MD emphasizes patient-focused care. One area in which William D. Jones, MD has a strong interest in is the impact that COVID-19 has in the workplace.

A recent article in Forbes brought attention to the way people’s work will be impacted in the long term. One is that corporate flexibility when it comes to remote working will become widespread. Many companies will either maintain a virtual workforce or offer a work from home (WFH) option to those who choose it. While WFH is not possible in every type of job, there are many positions that center on sitting at a desk using a computer.

At the same time, barring the quick development of a vaccine, those job sites that require physical presence are not likely to allow normal social interactions for a lengthy period after opening. Social distancing, temperature checks, and barriers between individual workspaces will be the norm, both as a way of protecting worker health and maintaining legal accountability.

The bottom line is that for a majority of working Americans, adaptations will need to be made to their normal way of working for months and potentially years.

The History of the Camino De Santiago Trek

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A self-employed occupational and preventive medicine physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, concurrently serves as secretary/treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. William D. Jones, MD, is planning to complete the famous Camino de Santiago hike in Spain.

Far more than an ordinary hike, the Camino de Santiago began in the Middle Ages as a path worn by pilgrims on their way to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, the legendary resting place of martyred Christian saint James the Great. The Christians who have completed this trek look forward to a shorter time in purgatory during the afterlife.

Although some continue to walk the Camino de Santiago for this specific reason, far more are on the path for enjoyment and the rich experience it offers. Because Santiago de Compostela originally drew pilgrims from throughout Europe, it ultimately consists of multiple routes. Its principal paths were lost to historians until a couple of decades ago, when a wealth of information on the Camino de Santiago was published, thus sparking international interest.

Basque Country Highlights of the Camino de Santiago

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Serving the needs of occupational health patients, William D. Jones, MD, maintains an established Oklahoma City, OK, practice. Having traveled extensively, William D. Jones, MD, had the opportunity to traverse the Camino de Santiago this summer. The ancient pilgrimage route stretches from southern France near the Spanish border to the medieval Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

The beginning point of the trail is located in traditional Basque country, which has a unique cultural character and language that is distinct from both French and Spanish. Highlights of the area include Albaola in Pasai San Pedro, which is the site of a historic shipbuilding center. The working museum currently features artisans crafting a 16th century era whaling ship, employing labor-intensive shipbuilding techniques of the era.

Basque country is also a particularly biodiverse area that harbors the wetlands of Urdaibai, which are set aside as a Biosphere Reserve and provide species, such as spoonbills, urasian bittern, and fish eagles, with a critical habitat on the Iberian Peninsula.

Those in search of the historical roots of the region can explore the Monastery of Zenarruza, which is a thousand year old national monument at the the base of Mount Oiz. This steep stretch of the Camino de Santiago is one of those made up of “original road,” or cobblestones that have settled unevenly over time and are challenging to traverse.

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A Brief Overview of the Camino de Santiago Trail

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A resident of Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, specializes in occupational and preventive medicine, and is the secretary and treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Aside from his professional duties, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys fitness and travel, both locally and outside of OK. Dr. Jones plans to travel to Spain to hike the Camino de Santiago trail during the summer season.

The Camino de Santiago trail is an ancient Catholic pilgrimage now traveled by thousands of people each year on foot, horseback, and bike. There are several route options to choose along the Camino de Santiago, with some of the main ones including the Camino Frances (which starts in St. Jean Pied-du-Port and provides a variety of scenery) and Camino del Norte (which runs along the North Coast of Spain). Also popular, the Camino Portugués starts in Lisbon, goes through Northern Portugal, and is relatively flat compared to some of the other routes.

Most of the Camino de Santiago trail consists of well-maintained tracks or pavement, which makes it easy for travelers with little backpacking experience. Plentiful infrastructure along the trail also provides hikers with numerous options to stay overnight, thus eliminating the need to plan every detail of the hike. Upon completing 62 miles or more of the hike, travelers receive either a certificate of completion or a pilgrim certificate (if it was completed for religious reasons by a Catholic believer).

AMA Adopts New Policies to Address National HIV Epidemic

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A medical doctor based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones MD specializes in occupational and preventive medicine. Since 1988, Oklahoma City, OK-based physician William D. Jones has held membership in the American Medical Association.

The leading national physician organization in the U.S., the American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted new policies that seek to address the HIV epidemic as the result of a vote at its Annual Meeting. At the core of the new policy, the AMA will concentrate more of its fundraising efforts on plans that aim to accomplish such goals as diagnosing individuals who have contracted HIV as early as possible and treating HIV infection to bring about sustained viral suppression.

As an additional step toward suppressing the HIV epidemic in the U.S., the AMA adopted a policy that aims to de-stigmatize HIV infection. Through the policy, the AMA will advocate for the repeal of state laws that criminalize the non-disclosure of HIV status. It seeks to accomplish this in part by creating a new program to educate health care professionals, physicians, and the public on new techniques for reducing the risk of HIV transmission.

The 5th Annual Charity Angels Foundation Poker Tournament

 

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A self-employed physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones holds an MD from Brown University in Providence, RI. He has operated his private practice since completing his residency training through the University of Oklahoma at Oklahoma City. Outside of the professional environment, William D. Jones, MD, sponsors multiple charitable initiatives including the Angel Foundation at SWAT.

The Angel Foundation at SWAT is supported by all the teams of the SWAT Academy – a baseball and softball facility in Oklahoma City, OK, that is dedicated to helping players reach their full potential in a positive training environment. With the help of SWAT representatives and community members, the Angel Foundation hosts a range of fund-raising events to create sports scholarships for players in need of financial assistance.

One of theses events, the 5th Annual Charity Angels Foundation Poker Tournament, took place on February 9 at the SWAT Academy’s Oklahoma City headquarters. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event went directly to kids who would otherwise be unable to afford to play the game that they love. Participants get the chance to win valuable prizes such trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Branson, Missouri.

ACOEM Reports on New Framework for Evaluating Workers’ Wellness

 

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Since 1994, William D. Jones, MD, has provided occupational and preventive care in Oklahoma City, OK. The secretary and treasurer of the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, William D. Jones, MD, of OK belongs to the organization’s national counterpart, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The July 2018 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reported on a new framework for evaluating the overall well-being of workers. Developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the framework examines the work and personal life factors that create a holistic understanding of the aspects that contribute to employees’ well-being. In addition, it assesses the effects of workers’ subjective experiences and observable aspects of the external environment.

The framework covers five distinct domains:

1. Physical environment and workplace safety climate.
2. Company policies, programs, and practices that may affect workers’ wellness.
3. Contributing factors to workers’ mental and physical health status.
4. Workplace evaluation and experiences that influence the quality of work life.
5. Home, community, and society as influential factors outside of the workplace.