Your health and wellness is the business of Manhattan Sports Acupuncture and I take that responsibility seriously. In light of the current public concern about COVID-19, the sub-strain of coronavirus that is spreading through the country at this time, I want to take the time to reassure you of my commitment to your health and safety.
Given the current situation, I have instituted policies and procedures to minimize the impact of COVID-19, at least within the walls of Manhattan Sports Acupuncture. Please read the following.
1. At this time, I ask all patients who are sick to refrain from coming in for treatment.
Because COVID-19 has such a long incubation period, the best way to reduce the spread of it or any illness is to self-quarantine. Please remember, even if you have a fairly mild illness, you could pass your illness on to someone who could become seriously ill or even die, especially if they are elderly or have a pre-existing lung or immune condition.
If you believe you may have COVID-19, DO NOT just go to the doctor. Call your doctor so they can make arrangements for medical personnel to be prepared to receive you.
2. Please inform me ASAP if you have fallen sick, especially if you have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
I want to make sure I know who is sick and how everyone is doing. This will also help me to assess the status of COVID-19 within the Manhattan Sports Acupuncture community. Of course your privacy will be respected and any information you provide me is strictly confidential. Also, if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, please follow any and all quarantine instructions.
3. When you arrive, please take a moment to wash your hands in the bathrooms before you come into the suite. Use a paper towel to close the bathroom door and to open my office door.
Washing hands and surfaces is your best strategy to protect yourself. However, you don't need to try to kill the germs on your hands. You just need to wash them off, so a gentle soap will work great. Anything harsher that causes dry, cracked skin will actually increase your risk by damaging your body's first layer of defense - your skin. Use lotion and care for the skin on your hands too. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure you remove all germs - that is the amount of time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice.
4. Please do not be alarmed when you see me wearing a N95 mask and a face shield. This does not mean I am sick, it means I am working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (and the flu, common colds, etc) from passing to me, and eventually onto you.
Again, because COVID-19 has such a long incubation period, it is possible to be exposed to it by people who look and feel completely healthy.
Please do not take this as a sign that you should get a N95 mask too. There is a current shortage of masks available and these need to be prioritized for medical professionals who see a high volume of patients in close quarters. The CDC does not recommend N95 masks for the general public at this time. I have been affected by this personally, it has been very difficult for me to acquire a mask as a medical professional.
3. As you all know and can hear during your appointments, I wash my hands before and after each treatment. In addition to my regular office and treatment room cleaning; doors handles, chairs, coat trees, face cradles and counter/table tops are all now disinfected between every treatment.
Again, hand washing and surface disinfection is the best strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At this time there is not much data that shows the virus floats around in the air for very long, so surfaces, hands and exposure to respiratory droplets from an infected person are the modes of transmission. I am committed to ensuring Manhattan Sports Acupuncture is a safe space and have thus implemented greater disinfection processes.
4. I will be suspending tea and snacks at this time. You can always let me if you really want your tea or snack and I am happy to provide.
The fewer the things you put inside your body in public means the fewer the opportunities for pathogens to get inside of you too.
At this time, the CDC and NY Department of Public Health both encourage people in the US not to take any drastic actions or make massive changes to their daily routines. However, experts have suggested that social distancing at this time may help reduce your chances of being exposed to COVID-19.
I will continue to update my blog page as things develop and send out emails when warranted.
I don't want anyone to panic, just stay safe and informed. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.
Edd Lee, LAc LMT MSOM
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