Suspending Treatments thru Monday April 6th
After much deliberation we came to the difficult decision to temporarily suspend clinic activity beginning Monday, March 16th in light of the coronavirus/covid 19 pandemic. Our plan is to resume clinic operations on Monday April 6th. Just like you, we are taking all of this day by day; sometimes hour by hour. *All appointments from March 16 to April 5th have been cancelled. If you purchased pre-paid treatments you will be be able to redeem them once we resume scheduling.
We are so grateful to all of you who have been supporting us. You have dropped off herbs and elderberries, sent us cards and words of encouragement, purchased pre-paid treatments, and made donations.
It will be this kind of community support that gets all of us through this.
The news cycle has been a roller coaster ride the past few weeks. We are so thankful for your patience as we try to navigate our role.We are not aware of any staff or patients from our community who have been diagnosed with covid 19. Our decision to close for three weeks has three main reasons: 1) We are pausing to gather information and guidance on this situation as it continues to unfold; 2) With the severe drop in people coming for acupuncture we are seeking ways to preserve our resources so that BAP can here long into the future; 3) Enough sources are saying that if we slow or "flatten the curve" the effects will be far less damaging, that we felt it was appropriate to follow suit of the many other organizations that are suspending activities for two weeks.
We thank all of you who have donated so far. Your donations and purchases of pre-paid treatment packages are going directly to keeping our expenses covered so that we can return to normal clinic operations as soon as possible. We will continue to fundraise to support our staff, and the general clinic expenses.
We invite those of you who can to please make a donation to our non-profit.
For a list of other things you can do to support BAP and your community follow this link.
Things to know about COVID19 and it's effects
We are not listing statistics and similar data here because it changes frequently. We recommend referring to credible sources such as the Alameda Public Health Dept, CDC, and your city governments home page.
80% of people have mild symptoms, Children tend to have mild symptoms. People most at risk of severe symptoms and complications are the over 60s, those with underlying respiratory conditions (asthma, COPD, emphysema) or other chronic conditions (diabetes, heart disease). Pregnancy poses no extra risk. You cannot get it from your pet.
How is it spread?
Mostly through close contact with a sick person. The virus is spread via droplets from coughing and sneezing. It is not spread through the air (aerosol). Droplets then land on surfaces, a person touches the surface then their nose, mouth or eyes. The virus only enters through one of these routes (nose, mouth or eyes).
The incubation period is currently thought to be between 2-14 days – typically 3 days. This is the time when a person has no symptoms and doesn’t know about it. It is not known how long it survives on surfaces – it could be from a few hours to a few days. Disinfecting surfaces with disinfectant or soap and water will kill the virus.
How do we protect ourselves?
The single most important thing is to wash our hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This is because the virus has a fatty envelope which is broken down by good old soap and water, or alcohol. Wash hands for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday slowly!) Rub every surface of your hands including the backs. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. This is easier said than done. We touch our faces more than 90 times a day. Face masks and glasses help you to avoid touching these areas. Otherwise the WHO does not currently recommend face masks. Stay 3 feet away (WHO) or 6 feet (CDC) from a coughing person. Don’t shake hands or otherwise touch people when you are out and about. Clean surfaces that you regularly touch.
There is currently no known antiviral drugs or other "cures" for corona virus. just rest and take care of yourself. Most people (80%) have mild symptoms. Serious infections are treated using support measures at hospitals. The WHO and other organizations are testing Western and traditional medicines to see if they will help. Antibiotics do not help because this is a virus.