Updated: Feb 21
CURRENT FINDINGS + CLINIC POLICIES
By Dr Korina St John Rongitsch, DACM, LAc
We understand that many people are anxious about the spread of the novel coronavirus in our community and across the globe. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we are dedicated to providing safe, effective health care.
CURRENT FINDINGS & FACTS
The Coronavirus (COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2) is a highly infectious disease that causes severe respiratory illness.
The most common SYMPTOMS include Fever, Cough, Congestion and Shortness of Breath. If you develop any or all of these symptoms, please stay at home and call to seek medical advice.
Unlike other influenza viruses where antibodies develop and the immune system recovers, there are still many unknown factors, questions and concerns with COVID-19. Reports of those who have recovered have continued to test positive weeks after their initial testing which may indicate a lasting impact on immunity and overall health.
Tiny droplets within six feet from a cough or sneeze from an infected person can easily travel through the air and infect others. The virus also survives on surfaces for 3 days, making it easily transmitted through touch by entering the eyes, nose or mouth.
Research suggests that symptoms occur between 4.5 - 14 days after infection, with the average estimated to be 5.1 days in 95% of active cases. 99% have symptoms within 14 days of active monitoring or quarantine.
MOST LIKELY TO BE INFECTED
Travelers returning from locations with active COVID-19 cases, people in contact with these travelers, and those in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are at greater risk for getting sick.
HIGH RISK POPULATIONS
Those over 65 years and older and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are showing more severe signs and symptoms.
PROTECT & PREVENT
1. Social Distancing - Avoid those you know are sick, or who are under investigation for the virus.
2. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20-30 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
3. Try to refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
4. Be socially responsible. Self quarantine if you have traveled from a location with active COVID-19 cases, or believe you may have been exposed to the virus. Report symptoms to proper medical authorities and only seek care in emergency situations.
We appreciate your understanding and support as we implement new preventative safety measures to protect you, our staff and community:
We will also be increasing sanitation practices throughout each clinic shift
Appointments will be staggered to decrease interactions, the distance between chairs in the waiting area and reception desk will be moved to atleast six feet, and practitioners will now be offering “air hugs, air highfives, or air handshakes” (We know they are not the same, but know we still love and appreciate you more than ever! ; )
Tissue boxes that were located near consult chairs will be relocated to avoid cross contamination. Tissues will be offered (when in need or) upon request, and our staff has been asked to hold the box as you take what you need.
Clean Pens. If you need to sign a document, write a check or make a note with one of our pens at the reception desk, take it with you. We have plenty.
Clean Care over Comfort. We love cozy, but due to the coronavirus outbreak we will be eliminating the use of linens to better disinfect treatment surfaces and protect you and our staff. We ask that patients wanting to keep their treatments a little more cozy bring in freshly laundered sheets each session.
Cash Free & Paperless. Who doesn’t love cash, right!? During the covid-19 crisis, we prefer not to accept any cash payments and will be electronically sending all dosage recommendations, medical receipts, notifications, etc. Our new patient portal allows you to set up a credit card, HSA or debit card. If you need assistance, Sandi will help get your information updated in our system. We will continue to accept checks until the outbreak occurs in our community.
In early January, as covid-19 cases were being reported in China, Dr. K began to stock up on medical grade germicides, equipment and herbal medicine.
We have the supplies needed and are dedicated to providing continued care to those seeking improved health during this crisis. We have tissue, soap and toilet paper available. As resources continue to remain low, we appreciate your willingness to be mindful and take only what you need.
Our staff is trained to prevent disease and improve recovery from illness, however we will not be treating COVID-19 symptoms in the clinic. If you or a family member have any or all of the known symptoms, or recently traveled or have been in contact with others that may be infected, please contact us to reschedule your appointment and seek additional medical advice as needed.
Doctor K is currently researching and compiling preventative, symptom care and recovery recommendations based on treatments used in South Korea that are showing to be helpful in reducing severity of COVID-19. Contact our clinic at (989) 720-HEAL (4325) or by email Info@HealingTree.clinic to schedule an online or onsite appointment.
© 2020 Korina St John Rongitsch.