To my dear patients and families,
Like everyone else (myself included) I am sure you are trying to make sense of what's going on in your lives and the world around you as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, I know you are all doing your best to protect the health and well-being of yourself and your loved ones. While we all know that there is as of yet no cure or vaccine against the coronavirus, having a strong immune system can only help should you be exposed. Remember to prioritize sleep, hydration, mild exercise, meditation, and take good immune supportive vitamins and supplements like D, A, C, zinc, probiotics, and anti-viral herbs (one of my favorite combos is Bio-vegetarian by Biogenesis, which is on Fullscript.com). The virus doesn’t like heat or moisture, so get the sun on your face, drink hot tea, stay warm, etc. Avoid gatherings, but we know that social connection is very important for proper immune health, so spend quality time with your loved ones and do your best to connect with far away family and friends via technology. COVID-19 is spread mostly by touching things that have viral particles on them and then touching your face, not usually by direct respiration, so wash your hands and sanitize your surfaces as much as possible.
Finally, stay calm. While the times may feel strange or stressful as we are forced to slow down and give up our familiar routines, embrace and revel in the possibilities that this change has brought--and remember that we are all in this together (despite our social isolation).
As for me and my practice (in case you wondered!), I will be in the office with open doors unless I myself am sick. We now only admit patients who come into the office one at a time, and follow all CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting between them. But know that I am also now primarily conducting visits via phone or online via skype/zoom unless otherwise necessary. My classes and workshops will also be moved to an online format for the foreseeable future. If you need to come in for a blood draw or physical exam, we can keep that short, and you will only be exposed to me. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation at any time. As always, be well. I’m sure you’re joining me in sending healing thoughts out to all of the world.
Michelle Gerber, ND, LM, FABNP