This page is exclusively for clients of Chiropractic First LLC and is meant to address FAQs about the current pandemic outbreak of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 and the subsequent illness known as COVID-19.
Changes to Chiropractic First LLC: Currently, there are no changes in office hours, except the office will be closed on March 17th. Scheduling will be limited to 6 clients per hour to allow for thorough cleaning of doorknobs, any contacted surfaces, any Chiropractic or exercise equipment used, timers, and the staff to wash their hands.
What we are asking of our clients:
If you are pregnant, sick, have heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or other chronic severe illness, or are over 70, then please call Dr. Huma any time to reschedule your appointments.
When you arrive for your appointment, please leave any unnecessary belongings including your phone in your vehicle, if you drove. This includes your phone. Phones are notoriously covered in microorganisms.
Immediately proceed to the washroom and wash your hands for 20+ seconds. We will leave the bathroom door open for you. Please only close the door if nature calls. You get bonus points if you sing loud enough for the staff and other clients to hear you. If we know the song, we may sing along too. There are bleach wipes all around the office. If you feel inclined to wipe surfaces before/after you touch them go right ahead. The office can never be too clean.
If you normally perform exercises, proceed to the exercise area and perform your exercises. Bleach wipes will be available for additional cleaning.
There is hand sanitizer both at the reception desk and at the adjusting area. Feel free to use them, however, hand washing is much more effective than alcohol-based hand sanitizer at killing the virus.
Chiropractic table etiquette: Please do not cough or sneeze on the table or your Chiropractor. Thank you. There are facial tissues at the reception area and adjusting area just in case. Please do not linger on the table. If you have healthcare questions or concerns, want more coronavirus information, or you just want to small talk, we can do that online or over the phone. Our office phone lines are transferred each night to Dr. Huma’s phone and we are now available for telemedicine consultations (New!).
If at any point you feel like you are coming down with any illness, please call us to let us know. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can have an asymptomatic incubation period of 2-14 days before any signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 illness occur. This is even more likely in younger and overall healthier individuals.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) – FAQs – COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – FAQs – COVID-19
The CDC says: Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Knowing that 40-70% of the world’s population at some point will contract this coronavirus, and there is no in the meantime, you should be focussing on keeping your immune system as healthy as possible through:
- Sleep restfully and adequately.
- Stay hydrated.
- Eat fresh nutritious whole foods.
- Supplement when needed, Vitamin D3, a quality liquid multivitamin with antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Talk to Dr. Christopher about these supplements.
- Exercise and get some sun (Convert that Vitamin D3.).
- Exercise your mind (read, play, relax, meditate, listen to podcasts, watch a funny movie, journal, make art, have fun). Step away from the 24-hour news cycle for a few hours, it will still be there.
- Get adjusted. All this stress can build up inside you, in your back and neck, and lower your immune function. Chiropractic care is designed to help you heal optimally.
You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you:
- Develop symptoms
- Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Legal Disclaimer: This is not specific medical advice for an individual or any form of an attempt to diagnose anyone’s health conditions. This is information may change rapidly as scientists discover more about the diagnosis and treatment options. As such, I will include direct links to State and Federal Health Websites, and brief summaries. If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and seek immediate medical treatment.