We are taking what is happening with COVID-19 very seriously, which is why we wanted to send this message to encourage you to follow basic best practices to prevent spreading illnesses and to inform you on a few steps we are taking to ensure you are protected. We are open to care for our patients. We have taken many steps to provide a safe and healthy environment. We are using a professional-grade surface cleaner throughout our office that cleans to the microbial level leaving a truly clean surface shielded with a protective barrier. We have a hepa filer in our waiting room. We are washing our hands before treating any patient. Our patient area is practicing social distancing. Since fevers are one of the signs of COVID-19, we are providing a free screening using a contact-free handheld thermometer to determine whether or not you have a fever. This will be a required screening for all our patients. This is very important for our older patients who may have a slight fever and need to be checked for the virus.
Here are the major symptoms: If you have any of these symptoms please reschedule 😊
Fever (there appears to always be a fever).
Shortness of breath (Don't freak out. Keep in mind that many people do have simple colds and flu (not Corona) with these same symptoms). Don't panic as cases of COVID-19 illness spike in the next few weeks due to increased testing. This is expected.
Here are some best practices we encourage you to follow:
Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick
Wash your hands with soap regularly, preferably for 20 seconds or longer
Cover your cough or sneezes
Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if you are unable to wash your hands
A healthy immune system is the key to overcoming any illness. Most people have a good immune system and that is why Corona recovery is so high!
Here are some of the steps we are taking to better protect you: (We want to be safe and want you to be and feel safe)!
Hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk
You can wait in your car if you want and we will call you in
We use hepa filters
We take temperatures
We have increased our janitorial services, all tables are sanitized
Altering our services to ensure we don’t spread any illnesses (changing how we do meet & greet, etc)
We don’t treat colds and flu so our patients have musculoskeletal problems only.
If you have a cold or have a cough and fever see your primary care doctor, not you chiropractor!. (read below).
This Covid situation is temporary, but we are all feeling a bit overwhelmed, helpless, trapped, powerless and out of control.
Now is the time to re-evaluate our values in life. Recognize your feelings, don’t become them. Emotions are temporary, so is Covid. Reframe the pros and cons of our social dilemma. Yes, this is terrible but we can find some good in that we have time to consider what is really important in life. Faith, Family and Friends. Replace our displaced helpless feelings (like toilet paper hoarding) and other behavior with high value behaviors that empower us in regaining control over our emotions. Wash our hands, social distance, tell others you love them and miss them. Exercise, listen to music, pray, spend quality time where you can. Make a list of things you can do that you can control and execute them. Do whatever is important to you that will help you escape feeling overwhelmed, helpless, trapped, powerless and out of control.
As we mentioned above, if you, your spouse or kids are sick, we ask that you to stay home and prevent spreading any germs with others.
We ask that you join us as we pray for those who are impacted by the virus, including individuals, families, nurses/doctors, and authorities, as well as for God’s protection over all of us.
I have been answering a bunch of questions about this virus. There is a lot of confusion, and there are a few questions that I seem to hear over and over. So, here is a simple primer. 1. Why is personal distance of 6 feet a thing? The measles virus can be spread through the air because it can literally float on the microscopic dust in the air. If you walk into a room in which someone with measles had coughed hours before, it is possible to get the measles from inhaling the floating virus. Coronavirus is primarily transmitted by droplets from the nose or mouth. When the infected person coughs or sneezes, they fire droplets from the mouth or nose that can only travel a few feet before settling out onto a surface like a floor or a counter. Standing 6 feet away minimizes the risk of being hit by those droplets. That is why N95 masks are not needed for the general public with COVID-19. 2. Why does handwashing work? If the corona infected person rubs their nose or eyes, or coughs into their hand, the virus lives in those droplets on their hands. They then touch a doorknob, TV remote or a sink nozzle and poof, the virus is now on that surface just waiting for you. You touch that doorknob or TV remote, and now it is on your hand. At this point, you are still OK! It is not until you touch your face (nose, eyes, or mouth) that you get yourself infected. The virus needs to come in contact with a mucus membrane (mouth, nose, eyes) to infect you. If you wash your hands before you touch your face with an alcohol solution or soap and water, the virus is killed, and you are safe! That is why washing your hands prevents a respiratory illness. By the way, turning on the sink with dirty hands contaminates the faucet. Once you wash your hands, turn the water off with your elbow to prevent getting the virus back on your hands. 3. Can I just use my sleeve? Using your sleeve just gives a false sense of security. You are not really protecting yourself like you may think. The virus can live in the droplets on your clothes for 48 hours. So, when you pull your contaminated sleeves up with your hands, you have now put the virus on your hand, and now you are back where you started. It is better to just wash your hands and do not touch your face. 4. Where can I get tested? Despite the repeated press conferences from the government saying that testing is readily available, it is not. Large parts of the country are still only able to test the very sickest patients. If you are healthy and are not having any severe symptoms, do not come to the ER for a test: You will not get one. I would recommend that you watch the news for when drive up testing becomes available, if you have mild symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. 5. When should I go to my doctor? The simple answer is when you can’t breathe or can’t hold down fluids. If you are having mild symptoms (fever, body aches, dry cough), stay home, and self-isolate. By going to the doctor, you risk spreading the virus to others, including us. If you go to the ER, we will see you but, if you are only having mild symptoms, you will likely be sent home with no COVID-19 test, no treatment, and a hospital bill. 6. There have been reports out of France that people that take anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, Motrin, Midol, Aleve or Naprosyn) may have worse outcomes with COVID-19. As of 2 days ago, the World Health Organization has reviewed all of the data and released a statement that those that are using anti-inflammatories do not need to stop. While that is being studied more and the recommendation may change. As of right now, the WHO says you do not need to stop taking them. If you are concerned and don’t have liver disease or a problem with alcohol, you may use Tylenol or Acetaminophen for the aches and fever to be safe. 7. You have likely heard about chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and some HIV drugs now being used to treat COVID-19. Most of that information is irrelevant to you. If you have mild symptoms, do not ask your doctor or come to the ER to get them. While there is some evidence that these medications might help, there have not been any well-done studies yet to support their general use. These medications have NOT been cleared by the FDA for treatment and are not being commonly prescribed for mild symptoms. We have been using these drugs in the hospital on the sick and dying, but we are already low in supply. We are not going to be writing prescriptions for these medications in the mildly symptomatic, so don’t ask. Lastly, a personal plea. Many people are stuck at home with nothing to do. While alcohol is a disinfectant of sorts, it is not going to treat COVID-19! If you are drinking, have fun, but please wear a helmet and shoulder pads so that when you fall and hit your head, you do not have to come in and see me in the ER. We already see too many alcohol-associated visits in the emergency department. In a related note, drugs will make you feel strange. If you choose to use edibles or try new things because you are idle, please don’t do drugs and come in because you feel weird. I can’t fix that. As I told a patient this week, “You are high. If you don’t like this feeling, then don’t do drugs.” Wash your hands. Stay 6 feet from each other and stay well. Gavin H. Inglis is an emergency physician.
On April 22, 2020, Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi from Bakersfield, California, held a press conference with a local television station to release the results of their Covid-19 testing program and potential psychological effects of being in quarantine. This press conference was initially broadcasted on a local television station in California, went viral on youtube garnering over 4.3 million views, before YouTube took the video down, without any explanation. (makes you wonder about the motivation of YouTube, owned by Google). The two doctors, who own and run a clinic in Bakersfield, report that – according to their results – a higher than expected percentage of people are infected with the coronavirus, but that the vast majority show no symptoms. This is in line with other studies done at Stanford University and by Japanese scientists in China. If true, the danger of the virus may have been greatly exaggerated by the media, and shelter in place orders/lockdown policies could – through poverty, suicide and stress – potentially cause more damage than they prevent. Follow the science not the news! You can’t argue with data, you can only choose which side of it you are going to be on.
You can’t argue with data, you can only choose which side of it you are going to be on. Does Science have an agenda? No, but"Scientists," can very much have an agenda.