I am sure you are concerned about safety during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) spread. We are taking proactive steps to keep you safe at healthy when visiting our office for care. It is crucial that we all do our part in preventing the spread of the disease.
New measures are being put into place to minimize patient risk. As always, the practitioners are thoroughly washing hands before each patient, and we have sanitizer for additional use in each room. We will continue to be thorough in cleaning the rooms, including adjustment tables, face rest, furniture, doorknobs, and other equipment. Practitioners and staff will be checking themselves for fever or symptoms and will take time away from the clinic as warranted.
Wash, wash, wash your hands. Did you know soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizer (and apparently easier to find right now)? To really get rid of any germs, wash for at least 20 seconds – which just happens to be how long it takes to hum Row-Row-Row Your Boat three times.
Be sneeze- and cough-courteous. Coughing or sneezing into the inner crook of your arm catches the droplets that would otherwise end up in the air or on the surfaces around you. The COVID-19 virus is transmitted through droplets, not through breathing, so this is important.
Save the mask for Halloween. The benefit of a mask is that it controls the outbound expression of germs when someone coughs or sneezes. If you’re healthy, a mask won’t be very effective in preventing the spread of germs. If you’re sick and need to be out in the world, a mask can help protect those around you from the germs you send out when you cough or sneeze.
Don’t touch your face! The easiest way to get sick (with any kind of virus) is to introduce germs from your hands to mucus membranes – like your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Netflix and chill. If you’re not feeling well (whether it’s coronavirus or an old-school cold) please stay home, cuddle with your dog and catch up on your favorite show.
Out in the World
Wipe it out. Many of us do this anyway, but grab one of those wet wipes at the grocery store entrance to clean the cart (buggy for you southerners) handle.
Declutter! A clean desk or counter makes it easier to run a cleaning cloth across.
Personal space. Keep at least 3 feet between you and someone who is sneezing or coughing.
Sharing = caring? Not right now! We’re usually all about sharing, but for now, the kindest thing you can do is avoid sharing food, drinks, even lotion or sanitizers – and the germs that ride with them.
Breathe in, breathe out. Ventilation is a good thing. Weather and location permitting, crack a window.
Taking Care of Yourself
Be on your best behavior. Keep yourself in good shape by getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, drinking lots of water and eating nutritious foods. A stressed body is a weak body, so manage your stress through exercise, meditation or conversation with a trusted friend.
Self-care matters. Caring for yourself is the best thing you can do for your overall health.
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