This website offers a very high quality, hype-free analysis of what is currently known about the Covid-19 outbreak.
It appears that the major driver of this epidemic is people who spread the virus while they are feeling sick. While it is possible that people who have been infected but are still feeling well could spread the virus before their symptoms materialize, it is most important that people who are starting to feel ill call their doctor, and to the greatest degree possible, arrange for testing, medical care, and quarantine if necessary.
If you are feeling unwell (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) on the day of your acupuncture appointment, please call, text or e-mail to cancel without penalty.
I will be screening myself and every patient with a non-contact thermometer to be on the lookout for any possible signs of fever. Furthermore, in addition to my normal practice of disinfecting the treatment bed between patients, I will also be disinfecting other surfaces in the treatment room (doorknobs, chairs, etc). I will also be wearing a face mask to reduce the likelihood of virus transmission.
The Stay Home Work Safe order issued March 24 by Harris County, section 2.b.iv, “Essential Healthcare Operations” includes broad terminology allowing the continued operation of “other healthcare facilities” and “related and/or ancillary healthcare services”. It further states that “This exemption shall be viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.”
The pandemic situation has been changing at a dizzying, and often distressing pace. Should any concerns arise considering the legality or safety of continuing to operate this acupuncture clinic, I will of course err on the side of caution.
Be careful if you do have to go out, not just for your own sake or that of your loved ones, but for everyone else’s loved ones, too. We can still beat this thing if we all do our part to reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible as soon as possible.