Covid-19 Patient Information Update
Updated: Mar 20, 2020
Covid-19 Patient Information Update
Here at Breath of Life Acupuncture & Wellness, I feel so lucky to be able to practice this medicine with such a wonderfully conscientious and inspiring bunch of people. Thank you! I appreciate your continued support and are here to help you during this current Corona virus scare.
Firstly, there is no need to panic.
I want you to feel confident and calm, so in this email I am going to walk you through the data I and a few colleagues have compiled so you can make wise, informed choices about your self-care.
Breath of Life Preparedness & Precautions
I will remain open as usual unless I test positive for Covid-19 or develop symptoms. I will be taking the following precautions at my home-office to ensure minimal exposure for everyone:
1. Asking patients to wash their hands immediately upon entering.
2. Disinfecting all surfaces after each patient contact.
3. DO NOT COME EARLY FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT. If you arrive early and you see a car already parked in the client parking area, please wait in your car until the previous person leaves. As most of you are aware, I am the only practitioner in my office. I work one on one with each patient. It is highly unlikely that you will cross paths with another patient unless you arrive early.
4. All sheets are switched out between each treatment (as they have always been) and washed on "sanitary" mode.
5. If you would like me to wear a face mask while I work with you, please request this. I would be happy to
6. There is a hepa-filter system for the whole building and an additional one in the treatment room.
What To Do If You Feel Sick
If you are running a fever, coughing, and/or experiencing severe head and/or body aches, please text 928-713-3833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your appointment. I will not be charging late cancellation fees during this time.
Please also cancel your appointment if you have been recently exposed to someone diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus or if you have recently returned (1-14 days) from a high risk area such as China, Italy, France, etc.
My “No Show” policy and fees will remain in effect so to avoid those charges, please remember to text or email if you need to cancel. Chinese Medicine Is Effective in Boosting the Immune System
Acupuncture & especially Moxa (a heated compound used during treatment) and electro-acupuncture has shown to increase the number of immune defense cells circulating in your blood which are needed to fight the virus.
Questions and Answers:
What is Covid-19?
Covid-19 is a Corona type virus that is one of the many viruses which cause the common cold and flu.
Why is it such a big deal?
Most viruses mutate every year, and as they mutate, our immune systems evolve to provide a defense. The Corona virus is a “novel” virus, meaning it isn’t closely related to any viruses which human immune systems have dealt with recently. This means it creates a steeper learning curve for some people’s immune systems so they have a harder time fighting it and can develop life-threatening complications.
Who is at risk?
The elderly and people with pre-existing lung, immune, or other organ diseases. Healthy babies, children and adults are all able to recover from this illness as if it were any other seasonal flu.
Why are they shutting everything down?
Most viral outbreaks follow a curve of infection, recovery, and then immunity. Because this illness causes pneumonia, respiratory distress and organ failure in the at-risk population, in order for them to recover, they need to have access to ventilators, hospital rooms, doctors and staff. If the virus is allowed to spread at the normal curve of infection, the at-risk patients will overwhelm our current resources leaving many without access to necessary medical interventions.
They are not enacting closures because most people are at risk. They are enacting them to slow the spread of the virus because we have limited numbers of ventilators and hospital staffing. The overwhelming majority of Americans are not at risk from this virus. It’s important to remember that most of us are not in any danger.
What is the current status in Arizona?
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services there are 27 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Arizona at this time: 11 in Maricopa, 8 in Pinal, and 5 in Pima, 1 in Graham and 2 in Navajo Counties. There are 0 confirmed cases in Yavapai County at this time.
How does it spread?
Covid-19 is not an airborne virus. It is spread through droplets and physical contact. It enters your respiratory system most commonly through your nose, mouth and eyes. This is why they recommend washing your hands and not touching your face. The incubation period is 1-14 days. That means someone might have the virus but not have any symptoms for up to 14 days. This is one of the reasons they have closed public meeting places for 14 days. After 14 days, they will be able to count the number of cases, evaluate containment measures, and make further recommendations.
What will help strengthen my immune system?
Stay hydrated and well rested. Sunshine and outdoor air can be very helpful, just remember to stay warm and out of the wind.
Movement: Engage in daily movement exercises that feel good for your body. It does not have to be rigorous exercise to be effective. Moving your body and gently activating your muscles positively impacts the immune system and helps move stuck energy. Yoga, walking, gentle weight-lifting exercises can be wonderful.
Meditation: Not only is it important for us to exercise our bodies but it is equally if not more important to exercise our minds. If you have never meditated before, now is a good time to start. Please remember that meditation is a practice that helps us become aware of our thoughts and feelings. With that awareness we can begin to un-attach to our thoughts and emotions. This helps us truly understand that any trials or tribulations will pass just as our thoughts come and go. If you've never meditated before, I highly recommend that you start with guided meditation. The Calm App, Insight Timer App, or even youtube.com are good places to start.
Positive Forms of Entertainment: Check out Oprah's Super Soul Conversations podcast and watch tv and movies that reflect a positive view of the world and listen to peaceful or happy music. This will help calm the nervous system. Every-time we watch movies or tv shows that focus on violence or drama it reinforces a negative stress-filled view of the world. We can all use a lot less of that right now.
Sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential to our well-being. Practice good sleep hygiene by turning off any tv, computer, or phone at least 3 hours before bedtime. The normal light emitted from these devices tells our brains that its time to be awake. It screws up our biorhythms and negatively impacts our ability to sleep. If you don't want to turn these devices off, you can wear blue light blocking glasses or activate the blue-light filter on your devices.
Food: Eat unprocessed organic whole foods as much as possible. Stay away from all refined sugars. Stay hydrated with good quality, filtered water instead of sodas and juices.
Wash Your Hands and Don't Touch Your Face: For your sake and the sake of others wash your hands a lot. If you have to sneeze or cough, please do so into your elbow. Also, limit the amount of times you touch your face. I've never been so aware of how much I unconsciously touch my face. This has been a difficult habit for me to break but awareness brings about change. So stay aware and if you slip up, wash your hands.
Be kind to your lungs, don’t smoke or vape.
Am I at risk?
If you are over 70 and/or have pre-existing lung disease, you are at risk for developing complications from this virus.
If you are in this population, you can take the following measures:
1. Isolate. Stay home as much as possible. Avoid gatherings of ten people or more. 2. Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or who may have been exposed. 3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
I also think it’s a good idea to wipe down any surfaces you are touching regularly, such as doorknobs, water faucet handles, steering wheels. When you bring groceries home, soak your produce for 20 minutes in a vinegar solution and spray everything else with a 50:50 dilution of alcohol and water.
What if I am not in the at-risk group? If you are under the age of 70 and in relatively good health the biggest worry is that you could infect someone who is at-risk. Minimize contact with your at-risk connections and be scrupulous about washing your hands and keeping a 6’ distance when around them. What are the symptoms to watch for?
The first symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people also report severe body and head aches.
If you develop these symptoms, call your General Practitioner or the Health Department to schedule a test.
What if I test positive?
You will be quarantined and will need to avoid any contact with the public until you have recovered.
Otherwise, treat it as a normal flu virus: rest, drink fluids, catch up on your reading and binge watch your favorite shows.
How will I tell if I need to go to the hospital? Emergency warning signs are: 1. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 2. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest 3. New confusion or inability to arouse
4. Bluish lips or face
5. High fever
Is there anything I need to avoid?
Preliminary data show that both Ibuprofen and Elderberry can exacerbate symptoms and cause complications, so avoid both of these if you think you have been exposed.
The Take Home Message
Do not panic.
Watch less network news and reduce your time on inflammatory social media sites.
If you want accurate, up-to-date information, go to official sites such as the CDC, WHO, and Yavapai County Community Health.
Remember that the measures being taken are to reduce the risk of overwhelming our hospitals and medical resources, the majority of the population is not in danger.
Use this down time to enjoy yourself and focus on the things that give your life meaning.
I recently wrote a blog about the Season of Spring and COVID-19. If you missed it, click the following link to read it:
Due to current circumstances, I may have more last minute openings than usual. Feel free to check my online scheduler for last-minute openings or feel free to email or text me. https://www.breathoflifehealing.com/make-an-appointment
Jennifer Roseman, L.Ac., CMT
Breath of Life Acupuncture & Wellness