Dear patients:

In light of these unprecedented times, our office wants to inform you that we are taking this current situation very seriously. Hopefully things will return to normal soon. We will keep you updated.

As you know, we took precautionary measures well before there were any Governmentally Mandated directives. We were conscientious to disinfect equipment, surfaces and furniture multiple times during the day. All staff and patients were required to stay home at the slightest hint of fever or other symptoms and take their temperature and call their Primary doctor as needed.

Our staff routinely sterilized their hands, wore masks and did not touch their faces with their hands and refrained from close contact (aside from the providers). All providers continued to sterilize their hands and maintain sanitary precautions throughout the day.

Remember we are offering telehealth options for now. Just call the office phone number. Another good way that we know of to help you through this health threat is by you supporting your body. Physical activity has been shown to increase your endorphin levels which increases your body's response to defense and immunity. This includes exercise and movement in general. Don’t become a couch potato! According to the current information available, over 95% of those affected by this virus have mild symptoms and fully recover.

If you are considered more 'at-risk' because of age or other condition, we will be establishing separate hours to accommodate a much lighter number of people in your proximity once we get the green light to resume normal operations.

Guidelines to help you get through this:

**Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially after touching your face or any public surface like a doorknob, shopping cart, etc. Be sure to use soap and apply across your hands, and under your nails, for a full 30 seconds before rinsing. Avoid close contact with others and refrain from social gestures such as handshaking and hugging. Remember the 6 feet of separation Rule.

**Get at least 7 hours of good sleep. The body recharges and refreshes to combat the environment around it.

**Continue physical activity which includes exercise and moving about. Each time you exercise, there are cascading effects within the body, including positive effects upon the immune system.

**Avoid sugars, heavily refined foods, and excessive consumption of alcohol. Each of these greatly diminishes the body's ability to adapt and fight infections. Furthermore, take in nutrients that have been shown to support the immune function such as vitamin C, vitamin D3 and a general vitamin.

**Be sure to STAY AT HOME if you feel a fever, or any symptoms of sickness. Contact your primary doctor if you suspect you may have contracted the virus.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.

Miss you,

Dr. Marsh and staff