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1st May

2020

Reopening of the Clinic

I hope that you and your family have all stayed healthy. It is now almost seven weeks since I closed my clinic, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the reasons that I will mention, I have decided to reopen my clinic on Thursday, May 7, and to do so while maximizing everyone’s safety.

I know that several of you have been struggling with pain and other symptoms at home, being limited to self-care to the best of your abilities. We have now started to see some stability in reported positive Covid-19 cases as percentage of the number of tests performed, hospitalizations, and deaths. These numbers have luckily been quite low in San Diego county, as I will show you. Of course, it is still extremely important to continue to take strong preventive measures, as we gradually reopen society, to avoid a new surge of infections.

I will take specific rigorous steps, to ensure a safe environment for all my patients, and for myself. I will wear an N95 mask during all patient visits. Additional masks will be provided for patients who do not themselves have masks, but due to limited supplies, I ask people to bring their own clean masks to their visits. Only one person will be allowed in the clinic at a time (i.e. no other family members or friends are allowed in the clinic). All equipment, straps, treatment table and fixtures will be disinfected before each visit. Additional hand sanitizer will be used during sessions, and provided for every patient upon entry to the clinic. I will thoroughly wash my hands before each treatment visit. I will ask every patient to bring their own clean towel, for use on the treatment table, whenever possible.

I will also ask for a commitment from all patients, and myself, to stay home, if you are running a fever (even if low); have a sore throat, cough or labored breathing; have had chills or have pronounced fatigue, body aches or headache; or if you believe you may have been exposed to someone with diagnosed or suspected Covid-19. If so, please contact your physician.

As far as my own health, my wife and I have had no symptoms, we have strictly followed stay-home orders and sanitizing guidelines provided by regulatory agencies and the CDC, and we have focused on keeping our immunity strong, through nutrition, exercise, relaxation/stress control, and sleep.

We know that the Covid-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted primarily through droplets from coughing and sneezing, traveling through the air (and rarely farther than six feet), and by such droplets landing on, or transmitted to surfaces from hands, then potentially infecting us if we touch our mouths, nose or eyes. Besides wearing masks, disinfecting all surfaces, sanitizing our hands and not touching our faces, we greatly minimize the risk of transmission by avoiding spaces where several people are present at the same time, thus the need to practice social distancing in such spaces.

In my clinic, there will be only you and me, and nobody waiting in a reception area. With all these strict precautions, the infection risk should be minimal or even negligible, even if someone happens to unknowingly be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus.

A pandemic such as this is frightening and has no doubt caused serious harm, but I think it is important to counteract this fear with factual data, and not be overwhelmed by scary and tragic news stories. As of April 30, the number of reported deaths in San Diego County (124) represented 0.004% of the County population (3.34 million), hospitalizations (780) 0.02%, and reported cases (3564, although this number surely is much larger) 0.1% of the population. Other words, these numbers are quite low here in the County.

At this point, if you could benefit from physical therapy (which has been on the list of essential services throughout the pandemic) and you would want me to help you, please contact me by calling 858-800-2955, or text, or email me at gunnar@mossbergpt.com.

Best wishes, and continue to stay safe!

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