Enhanced Public Health Protocols at CommuniChi

3.15.20 – UPDATE – COMMUNICHI CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – at least for the next 2 weeks.

Dear Friends and Patrons of CommuniChi,

In this time of unprecedented public health challenge due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, acupuncture can be of great benefit in boosting the immune system and thereby protecting oneself from disease, reducing anxiety and fear, and enhancing an overall sense of well being. These are important benefits for oneself, one’s family and friends, and one’s community, as we all grapple to respond to this extremely challenging situation.

CommuniChi is implementing the following protocols in order to help protect your health and prevent disease spread.  First and foremost: STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK with any of the following symptoms, fever, sore throat, dry cough and sneezing. If you have a cough not associated with viral illness (e.g. side effect of medication, or seasonal allergies), please come wearing a face mask. Only people with coughs need to wear face masks. Reminder: not all coughs are contagious. If someone is coughing in the clinic without wearing a mask, you do not need to panic. I do not charge a fee for appointments cancelled because of illness, but ask that you notify me ASAP so that we can open up that appointment slot for someone else.

In order to minimize my tasks and allow myself to devote my time and energy more fully to serving you, please as much as possible schedule your appointment online, noting that my hours are slightly reduced from those posted on my website.

When you arrive at the clinic, please immediately wash your hands or use the hand sanitizer in the waiting area. I will provide fresh sheets for the recliner chairs and change them after each treatment.  The headrest of the chairs are all at least 6 feet apart per King County Health Department suggested protocol. Additionally, I have added room divider screens between chairs to maximize isolation of clients receiving treatment. For the safety and comfort of others, please avoid lingering in the waiting room after your treatment if possible.  From my side, I will follow standard clean needle protocols including washing my hands after each client contact. I will also keep the main treatment room warm so as to minimize the need for blankets. I will continue to provide (and wash) blankets. Please do not bring a blanket from home.  If I become sick with any possible symptoms of flu, I will close the clinic.  I will also wipe down doorknobs and bathroom surfaces, etc. with disinfectant spray multiple times during each shift. On a daily basis, I am checking the King County Health Department’s updates on COVID-19 and staying current with their recommendations which so far have not suggested that health clinics close.

General life recommendations:

STAY HOME! Unless you need to shop for food, or have medical needs (such as acupuncture). Be smart and alert when you go out, staying at least 6 feet away from people whenever possible. When you return home, immediately wash your hands or better yet, keep hand sanitizer in your car.

WASH HANDS! Be responsible to yourself. Take care of yourself, and take precautions. Washing your hands is the single most important thing you can do to help stem transmission of this and other viruses. Get adequate sleep, eat nourishing foods. But Wash. Your. Hands. Avoid touching your face especially while in public.

BE RESPONSIBLE TO OTHERS This includes staying home if you’re sick. It includes coughing into your elbow or a tissue. It also includes being self-aware. If you’re under the weather, or if you’ve been around someone who is, consider avoiding places where you might contact vulnerable people (kids, elders, immune-compromised folks), like daycare centers, nursing homes, and hospitals. Incubation period for the disease is 1 to 14 days according to the W.H.O. (link below).

Check in with loved ones. Remain generous and connected, even if that’s by phone or online. Do not engage in xenophobia. Stay informed; avoid unreliable news sources. And support local and national efforts to enact universal health care. If some of us are left behind, we’re all at risk.

If you are among the populations at higher risk of succumbing to the COVID 19 virus, health authorities (see links below) recommend that you carefully limit your exposure. Otherwise, if you can follow some simple guidelines at the clinic, I am here to support you. Getting acupuncture is one of the best things you can do to help your immune system function at its best, and also to de-stress. So let’s help each other through this unsettling time.

For more information, please visit:

World Health Organization.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Washington State Department of Health.

May all beings be healthy and happy, safe and protected, peaceful and free.


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