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Clinic Announcement 3/16/2020

by Franciska Anderson, MSOM, DiplAc (NCCAOM), LAc, Advanced LDHS

Clinic Announcement 3/16/2020

“Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate.” ~ Michael Leavitt

I have been monitoring how Covid-19 has been moving through the country and how it is affecting Wisconsin. From all that I have seen, the next two weeks will be critical to slowing its spread in the U.S. I have read a lot of discussions by impassioned acupuncturists all over the world, arguing for and against closing our practices. All of us wish to be of service and to that end, I have come to a conclusion.

Out of an abundance of caution, I will be temporarily closing my practice for two weeks starting Tuesday. While this has been a difficult decision, I feel wholeheartedly that it is the right one. After that period of time, I will evaluate the situation in 1-week increments as we learn more. Just like you, I am hoping this blows over quickly and I'm trying to control as much as I personally can at this point.

The work I do is in close proximity with others and involves multiple patients coming in and out of the same rooms. I have always maintained a well-ventilated, sanitized and clean office, and recently increased cleaning measures to try to stay ahead of this. At this point, though, I feel it is best to shut down to keep my staff, my patients, and me healthy.

While the work I do is important, I am following the lead of most other non-essential medical offices around the country. This will have major financial implications for many people, myself included. Ultimately, however, preventing the spread of coronavirus is also part of the Hippocratic Oath of "First do no harm." Chinese Medicine excels at immune strengthening and even treatment of onset of symptoms as an adjunct in this case to your work with your medical doctor.

I am developing plans to continue to provide some form of care, such as providing consultations over a HIPAA-compliant video streaming service and taking orders for enzymes and drop-shipping them to you directly. I hope to develop some videos and presentations on nutrition, enzymes, herbs, and acupuncture. Some of it will be free content; some paid. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears.

Thank you for supporting small businesses. Wash your hands, have faith, and do your best to keep fear at bay. This too shall pass!

Yours in health,