Hope everyone's healthy. I just wanted to update everyone on what's happening currently, even though that seems to change by the hour. As of now, March 16, I will not be giving acupuncture treatments for at least three weeks. However, I will be available by video for consultations for herbal formulas.
This was a very difficult decision for me, which was settled by the recent "shelter in place" order that will take effect in Alameda County (amongst others) tomorrow. There are really no simple answers right now, and we need to consider the impact of our decisions, both those that we can see, and those that reach far beyond our personal sphere.
One one hand, as a health practitioner, I feel I have a commitment to provide my patients with consistent, reliable care regardless of the circumstances. In essence, that's what I signed up to do. Also I need to consider my social responsibility to "flatten the curve," which I believe is going to ultimately help this whole situation, especially the already over-burdened health care system.
Ultimately, we can't know what will be of most benefit, so we have to decide what we feel will be best. For me, this decision needs to be based on what is potentially most helpful AND the least harmful. Right now it seems that slowing the transmission of the covid virus by limiting exposure seems to be worth it. In other words, consistent acupuncture and herbs are essential to maintaining good health, but it seems to be much riskier to keep my clinic open, and unwittingly contribute to the transmission of this virus.
Also, there is a lot of bogus information going around right now. Part of this is fed by greed, and exploited by people's (very understandable) fear. IF you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to me.
I hope to re-open the clinic as soon as "shelter in place" is lifted. We'll see what happens! In the meantime, wash your hands :)
EJ Fry, L.Ac.