With April fast approaching, it appears that schools will remain closed, businesses will continue shuttering, and non-essential personnel are being asked to work from home and shelter in place. Most of you have already reached out to confirm cancellations for March, but if you had care scheduled for April that needs to be canceled (or confirmed, for my first-responder clients), please let me know.
We've been getting conflicting reports about whether or not to wear face masks. Let's remember that those on the front lines (doctors, nurses, first responders, etc.) face a shortage of basic equipment that they need to keep them safe. But, wearing face masks isn't just about trying to NOT get COVID-19, but also making sure that you—as a potentially unknown carrier of COVID-19—don't infect others. I'm including an article from a reputable source that I think helps explain why we SHOULD consider wearing masks. If you don't feel like reading the article, here's an excerpt:
The big mistake in the U.S. and Europe, in my opinion, is that people aren’t wearing masks. This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. Droplets play a very important role—you’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth. Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections. If they are wearing face masks, it can prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.
Please, don't buy masks... our first responders still need priority access to any supplies that are still out there. Instead, if you are able, make your own! Here's a handy tutorial (with pictures) on how you can make your own. There are additional sewing resources at The 100 Million Mask Challenge website. And, for those of us with NO sewing skills, here's a quick face mask cheat, using paper towels, rubber bands, and a stapler. Go to the CDC's website to learn more about how to protect yourself, as well as others, during this COVID-19 outbreak.
You are all warmly in my thoughts. Thank you all for your continued support, kind words, and thoughtful gestures. See you all again soon(ish)!