COVID and GHHCenter tips and tricks
At the Gainesville Holistic Health Center, it has always been our goal to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, we remain committed to this goal. We continually check for updates from the most credible sources and we promise to share with you what we believe warrants caution and what is not worthy of unwarranted fear.
Coronavirus Concerns & Precautions
The novel coronavirus is known to cause a respiratory illness (COVID-19), with symptoms of fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. There is currently no drugs to protect nor treat against COVID-19. According to the latest information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms may appear two days to fourteen days (median time is five days) after exposure. The emergence of a new infectious disease re-emphasizes the importance of vigilance relative to all aspects of infection control for patients and for Healthcare Personnel (HCP).
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. You are responsible for reporting yourself to the CDC.
As a general reminder, health care experts claim that the best prevention against respiratory illness is the following:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
We prefer Thieves Hand sanitizers or natural one: 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 70% rubbing alcohol and 10 drops of essential oils (thieves and/or Lavender and/or peppermint)
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is available, use your elbow or sleeve.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Get chiropractic adjustment if you are sick.
Gainesville Holistic Health Center uses Standard Precautions and Transmission-Based Precautions.Standard Precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of the suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, in any setting where health care is delivered. Transmission-Based Precautions include Contact Precautions, Droplet Precautions and Airborne Precautions, and are based on the likely routes of transmission of specific infectious agents. Our office protocols are designed to protect both Healthcare Personnel (HCP) and you, our patients.
These precautions include:
Use of personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, masks, eyewear)
Respiratory hygiene / cough etiquette
Sharps Safety (engineering and work practice controls)
Safe injection practices (i.e., aseptic technique for parenteral medications)
Sterilization of instruments and devices. (All instruments are sterilized or used once and disposed of)
All surfaces of our treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected after every patient.
The materials and methods used have been shown to be effective for viruses.
As with flu outbreaks that came before it, we believe the current coronavirus situation will pass. At present, however, keeping aware of the latest information can lead to the proper balance of caution with reduced fear. We remain committed to keeping you informed, as well as protecting your health and safety.
If you would like to find out more on your own, we recommend the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu
During any type of health crisis, one needs to remember some basic fundamentals: