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COVID-19 Coronavirus Precautionary Measures

Dear HCA Community,

The Covid-19 Coronavirus is on the minds of many people these days.  While there are no identified cases in the state of Montana at the time of this newsletter, I’d like to share with you the precautionary measures I’m taking at HCA to ensure the health and well-being of our community, as well as some links to helpful public health information.


*First and foremost, I ask you to stay home if you’re sick. The main symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, coughing and shortness of breath.  Call your primary care physician if you’re in need of medical attention for these concerns.  If you have an appointment scheduled and aren’t feeling well, you may call our office to cancel it on the same day and will not be charged.  Please be fever free for 48 hours before coming to HCA for acupuncture, for the time being. *Take care of yourself and take precautions. They say those cheap paper masks don’t work well to protect you from respiratory illness, but hand washing sure as heck does! Wash your hands. Get adequate sleep, eat nourishing foods, get some acupuncture. But Wash. Your. Hands. A recent study showed that washing one’s hands five times a day reduces the likelihood of contracting a respiratory illness by 45%! Avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes and face with unwashed/non-sanitized hands.


*Be responsible to others. This includes staying home if you’re sick. It includes coughing into your elbow or a tissue. If you’re under the weather, or if you’ve been around someone who is, consider avoiding places where you might contact vulnerable people (young children, elders, immune-compromised folks), like daycare centers, nursing homes, and hospitals.  *What I’m doing. I always have, and always will, sanitize my hands thoroughly before and after each client.  I’ve put out extra bottles of hand sanitizer for you to use around the clinic. I disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly (door knobs, light switches, sinks, toilets). I pledge to stay home if I’m sick.


With all that said, there’s currently no reason to freak out. If you’re feeling fine but a little stressed or sore, we hope to see you at the clinic. In fact, I depend on it. So let’s help each other through this unsettling time. Remember that regular acupuncture is an excellent immune-booster and stress reliever, so I encourage you to come for treatment as part of staying healthy.


Thanks for reading and take good care,

Lauren


Here are some more guidelines and links to inform you about how to take care of yourself and recommended practices regarding Covid-19:

CDC Facts about Covid-19

Montana DPPHS Coronavirus

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