We want you to know what the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 infection means regarding your massage appointment. We also want to share our understanding about the State of Emergency and the spread of the virus, in case it helps you.
We are using this as an opportunity to assess & improve our business, starting with sanitizing protocols. Unless we are required to, we will remain open to continue providing massage services. At present, none of our staff are exhibiting symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with symptoms. We will not knowingly put any client at risk of infection.
WHAT THIS VIRUS MEANS:
This virus is novel--this means that NO ONE who has not yet recovered from it has any natural immunity to the virus. Most of us have robust immune systems, and will clear the infection on our own in 10-14 days. But many of us don't have strong natural immunity: seniors, people with chronic diseases (like diabetes or liver disease), pregnant women, and people taking steroids or chemotherapies.
This virus is very VIRULENT--meaning it takes a tiny dose of the virus to become infected. That means that eventually EVERYONE will be exposed to it. Though most of us will get mildly sick a while and recover, and some may not show many symptoms at all, people with immune systems that are weakened will likely need medical care in a hospital.
THIS IS THE REASON THAT WE ARE TAKING SO MANY PRECAUTIONS TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.
We are in the middle of a serious flu season that has our hospital Intensive Care Units already working close to the max. The capacity is not there to handle a massive number of patients with the new virus all at once. The best way to make sure that our doctors and nurses and hospitals remain available to those who need them, and able to function well, is to PROTECT EACH OTHER. It is up to us to slow the rate of infection by taking all of the precautions seriously. That means thinking carefully about every visit, every crowd, every restaurant, every trip we make. Wash hands, use thin cotton gloves when you have to touch door handles and touch screens or restrooms in public, then launder those in hot water.
This is a great opportunity to educate our kids about how diseases emerge and spread, and how we can do our part to limit the speed of the spread. Children have little to fear from the virus--let's all agree not to frighten them by our talk and our behavior. let's just be considerate of the whole community as we teach the kids to do the same. We don't need to be afraid, we need to be careful. We are strong when we hang together!
Thanks for reading this far. Your health is important to us. We are thankful for all of you.
The OM Team
Amelia Price, LMT
Ashley Bilodeau, Compliance Officer, LMT, MMP
Pallas Hutchison, Owner, LMT, MMP
Sara Groom, Reiki Practitioner, LMT
Shea Leigh Hutchison