​We've been closely monitoring our community and are open. To ensure the health and safety of everyone in the clinic, we will be following CDC recommendations to the best of our abilities.  Please be assured we will be sanitizing after every patient.

  • Face masks are required to enter clinic.  Our building have patients who are older or immune-compromised. This allows for protection for everyone entering the building.

  • Our sessions have been reformatted in accordance to CDC guidelines and safety. To provide care with minimum physical contact, our session will be Acupuncture with Fire Cupping. We advise you to continue to keep your face mask on.

  • If you are experiencing the following symptoms that are new or worsening, please let us know so we can make a decision on you coming in, rescheduling or call your primary doctor/emergency care.

    • Cough​

    • Shortness of Breath

    • Chills

    • Repeated Shaking with Chills

    • Muscle Pain

    • Headache

    • Sore Throat

    • Loss of Taste or Smell

    • Diarrhea

    • Feeling Feverish (or measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degree Fahrenheit)

    • Known close contact with a person who is a lab confirmed to have COVID-19

We are working diligently to provide the best care under these circumstances and will continue to update as we receive new information. Please be patient with as we continue to reopen our clinic.

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There are simple everyday precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. ​Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-90% alcohol if soap and water are not available. COVID-19 can transmit through both respiratory droplets and via stool, so careful handwashing is critical. 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. Cough or sneeze into your elbow and not your hand if you do not have a tissue available. If you contaminate your hand and then touch other objects, you will spread the virus.

 

If you are sick and to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to the COVID-19 related virus. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

Other actions you can take that can meaningfully support your health and ability to fight illness: 

  • Get good sleep and prioritize your self-care. Sleep is critical to optimal immune function. If you are sleep-deprived, you are not at your peak immunity. 

  • Eat nutrient-rich foods and prioritize a healthy diet. Your diet provides building blocks used by your immune system to fight illness. Without those resources, your immune system will be weaker. 

  • Talk to your doctor about optimizing your vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C levels. These nutrients are particularly important for optimal immune function and may be depleted in the typical diet, and in the winter depending on location. 

  • Stay hydrated. Water is at the foundation of our health. Clean/filtered water consumed regularly helps keep our whole system functioning optimally, including our immune systems.

 

How we are adapting at our clinic:

Our clinic is not equipped to handle acute symptoms of COVID-19. We are, however, here to help boost your immune systems to prevent illness with acupuncture and to provide herbal recommendations. 

Please be confident that our offices are taking every measure to ensure our treatment rooms and waiting areas are clean, including sanitizing door knobs and face rests between every patient. We have installed HEPA Air Purifiers throughout the clinic.  As usual, sheets are changed between every patient as well.

The best thing we can do to support each other as a community is to stay home if you are sick. There are no charges to cancel appointments due to active symptoms of cough and fever. Be mindful. If you are immune and respiratory compromised, make your own best personal judgement. Your health and safety is important and your own responsibility. And please, don't lick any doorknobs!            

<3 Mei

Additional resources: 

WHO- https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

CDC- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Disclaimer: Parts of this article are compiled, translated and edited by John K. Chen and Lori Hsu from three references to inform the readers how COVID-19, the 2019 novel coronavirus, is currently treated in China. For readers who may have such an infection, contact and consult your primary physician, go to the hospital or the CDC immediately. For additional information, please contact the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).