Tumwater Family Dentistry COVID-19 Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tumwater Family Dentistry will remain closed through at least May 18th, but we are still here to support you in whatever ways we can.
If you have a dental emergency, please give us a call at (360) 352-0401, and we will help you through any dental issue you may be having. In the meantime, we want to make sure all our patients remain healthy and safe. Here is some information about the COVID-19 pandemic that may help you and your family.
First off, this is an incredibly stressful time for everyone. According to the CDC,
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Know that you are not alone, and it is ok to feel stressed. To help combat stress, you can try the following techniques:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media
- Take care of your body and go on walks or workout regularly
- Make time to unwind and relax
- Focus on activities you enjoy
- Connect with others virtually. This is important for your mental health
According to the CDC,
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- The virus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
- Droplets of the virus can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby those who are infected, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
- Recent studies suggest that COVID-19 may be spread even by people who are not showing symptoms
Stay at Home
For the time being, we have all been asked to do our part and stay home except for mandatory shopping like picking up groceries or prescriptions. . COVID19 is a highly infectious disease that spreads quickly when there are large gatherings. The best way to prevent the spread of the disease is to stay home and limit your contact with others.
Visit the Mayo Clinic to find tips for staying healthy and active during COVID19.
Wash Your Hands Often
In order to keep COVID-19 at bay, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
The CDC recommends the use of 60% alcohol hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available. Cover all the surfaces of your hands with sanitizer and run them together until dry. Be sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth when you have been out in public.
Wear a Mask When You Go Out
The CDC and WHO recommend that you use a mask whenever you go out into public. If possible, wear an N95 mask, otherwise, a cloth mask will do fine. Watch this video from the US Surgeon General on how to make a mask using a t-shirt.
Use these graphics From the WHO if you have questions regarding how to wear and dispose of masks.
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