How STAYING HEALTHY is the best defense to COVID-19

The current situation with COVID-19 is new to all of us, but together we have the shared priority of supporting our families, our employees, our communities and those who put their trust in us to serve them.

At our office, we have put processes and procedures into place that enable us to care for you, our customers, while also keeping our employees safe.

The person best equipped to take care of you is you, but we've got your health in mind! We clean our office every night, and antiseptic wipes are used on every surface between patient visits. Even before the Coronavirus, we made it a point to wash our hands all the time as we are always working with patients. In saying that, if you're not feeling well, we are always happy to get you rescheduled. Otherwise, we are a healthcare facility for a reason and we want to take care of the patients coming in the need our help and advise! 

In General:
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.

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.

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 handle.

Spacing- 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.

Breathe in, breathe out. Ventilation is a good thing. Weather and location permitting, crack a window. Being outside is wonderful for your Immune System. Also, this is a stress relieving technique and keeping stress down in critical for a healthy Immune System. 

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.
For additional trusted resources about the coronavirus, we recommend these websites. We will monitor and update the list as the situation evolves.

Resources
*https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html <https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>
*https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses <https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>
*https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 <https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html%22%20%5Cl%20%22/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>
*https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus <https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>

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