Dear Manhattan Sports Acupuncture Community,
After careful consideration, research and examination of the status of COVID-19 pandemic, I feel it is in the best interest of you and for public health to close operations until March 24.
I do not do this lightly as meeting your needs and providing you with care is of the upmost importance to me. I built my business and life around this goal. And it is because of this goal that I feel compelled to make this decision.
Based on what I have read, I believe this is a critical time to stay home. The number of new cases are likely to jump over the coming days and weeks. Given my background in public health, I feel the only responsible thing to do is close. This article in particular was the tipping point for me...
I hope you can understand it is with your health, the health of your family and friends, and the health of our city, state and country that I do this. If you have an appointment between now and March 24th, you should have received a cancellation notice for your appointment. My calendar is currently open beginning March 24th - you can feel free to reschedule at your convince here https://www.manhattansportsacupuncture.com/book-appointment.html or you can email and I’m happy to reschedule you myself.
IN THE MEANTIME...
I highly recommend you consider the following as we move through the coming weeks...
1. Quarantine and Social Distancing: The only 100% effective way for you to prevent catching and passing on COVID-19 is to stay home. The greatest risk we are facing is over running our emergency rooms and hospitals with severe lung conditions. The NYC does not have the capacity to save everyone should this happen. That is what is happening in Italy today. The best goal to aim for now is delaying getting sick for as long as possible.
Do those projects you have been putting off. Read that book that has been sitting on your coffee table. Cook those dishes you have been eyeing for weeks. After two weeks you will know for sure if you are infected or not, and then you can at least operate your life knowing that much.
2. Hand washing and cleaning your home: Yes I know everyone has been talking about this. I have only a few additional words.
Effective. If you do it right, it works. If you don't, it doesn't. If you are going to do it, why not do it right? 20 seconds and rub every part of your hands!
Skin. It must be intact to protect you. Don't let it get too dry, crack or get irritated. That will put you at greater risk. You just need to wash the germs off, and down the drain. You don't have to kill them especially while they are on your hands.
Surfaces: Disinfect surfaces you touch. Door knobs, handles, light switches, power switches. Lysol fabrics you touch. Couches, chairs, pillows, rugs. Change your sheets. Basically, do your spring cleaning!
3. Don't get too stressed out about it! Stress can wear an immune system down and make you more susceptible. Review the issues you are concerned about, make a plan that addresses those concerns, and then stick to your plan. Know that sticking to your plan is reassurance that you are doing what you are supposed to.
I AM STILL HERE FOR YOU...
During this period, I will be available for online consultations and herbal prescriptions. Based on my research of COVID-19, I believe it is critical to stay on top any illness at this time - even people outside groups at high risk for complications and death. Don't just let it run it's course. Reports have come out with cases of reinfection, on-going lung damage among recovered patients, and detailed descriptions of the course of disease.
Chinese herbal medicine can mitigate and lessen the severity of any illness including COVID-19. Many of the healthcare workers in China were using both Western and traditional Chinese medicine to maintain their heath while working. It is critical to treat any illness at this time immediately and aggressively. I feel so strongly about this, during this COVID-19 emergency I will order prescriptions at cost and reduce my consultation fee to $100. However, if you are experiencing any severe symptoms, especially breathing issues - please call your doctor immediately.
I can also provide prescriptions of preventative, immune-boosting formulas as well. Please contact me to schedule a consultation via email at edd@ManhattanSportsAcupuncture.com or via text message at 347-948-3533
If you have an questions or issues you want to discuss, please feel free to contact me. My closure is no reason to panic. It is my way of protecting you and trying to mitigate the number of new critical cases of COVID-19.
I thank you for your understanding. I will keep you posted as things develop.
Edd Lee LAc LMT MSOM
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