The CDC and State of Colorado has significantly reduced masking requirements for vaccinated people. So, how will this effect your acupuncture treatments?
Please continue to wear a mask in the common areas of the building. We'd like to keep a safe environment for everyone.
Once in the treatment room, vaccinated people with no acute respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms may remove their masks. The vaccines are incredibly effective and I believe that two vaccinated people together in a room are safe. I also appreciate those who want to be as careful as possible and continue wearing a mask in addition to vaccination.
I am fully vaccinated, but will continue to wear a light mask for now. I will wear a respirator mask, KN-95 or KF-94, with immunocompromised patients.
I will also continue to use two air purifiers/cleaners in the room open the windows regularly for ventilation.
Unvaccinated people will continue wearing masks.
A NOTE ABOUT VACCINE MISINFORMATION
I can't tell anyone whether or not to get vaccinated. I know there are some circumstances where vaccination isn't the best option. That's a discussion to have with your primary care doctor and any specialists you see.
However, I have to say that there's an extreme amount of misinformation about COVID and the vaccines out there. Unfortunately, some healthcare professionals including acupuncturists and chiropractors as well as physicians are part of the problem. Many people know just enough science to sound like they know what they are talking about and they are spreading false claims.
If something sounds incredibly alarming or gets your heart rate up and makes you angry or fearful, this is a sign to stop what you are reading or do some fact checking.
There are reliable sources of information out there from people without political, religious, or personal motives. For example, through this whole pandemic, Dr. Perlmutter has been someone that I've trusted for information. Dr. Perlmutter and his guests are examples of people who share scientific data in a way that doesn't cause a fear or panic response.
I also think that not many people are aware of the possible long term consequences of having COVID and how common those occurrences are. If you're familiar with the Epstein-Barr virus (the virus that causes mononucleosis) and long term effects it causes like chronic fatigue syndrome, COVID is in the same boat. This is actually the main reason I decided to get the vaccine. Even people with a very mild case of COVID can suffer long term consequences. Scroll through this first article linked to below to get a better idea of what can happen, and watch the other videos if time allows.
Healthcare decisions always involve weighing risks and benefits. Stay informed but watch out for fear mongering.
Long-Term Effects of COVID