Dear patients of Drs. Duben and Erickson,
When something like the Coronavirus hits the news, it causes us to re-think everyday decisions. Just like you, we have families we care about and want to keep safe. I assure you we have always taken your health very seriously.
We have always:
- Wiped all equipment after each patient visit to assure, they are germ and virus free.
- Clean our common area surfaces; front desk, door knobs, etc.
- Our staff and doctors do not work when sick or contagious.
Our office will stay open as long as we consider it a “safe zone” for our patients. We ask that you do the same but please keep your appointments as long as you are symptom free.
The person best equipped to take care of you is you, but we’ve got your back (pun intended). Read below for some commonsense health maintenance suggestions and
REMEMBER: KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENTS and TAKE YOUR HEALTH BUILDING SUPPLEMENTS.
For social distancing at your appointments you may choose to sit outside instead of the reception area and one of the staff will call you in, right as your Doctor is available.
Lastly, we typically encourage our patients to come into the office when sick as we can provide support. However, for now, for the comfort of other patients, we ask that you please reschedule your appointment for a couple of weeks (appointments are filling fast.) Stay home if you are not feeling well or have someone at home who is ill.
Here are some tips to help you and your family feel safe and ready to face the world.
Wear a mask! Reduce the risk of transmission by wearing a mask. A quality mask worn over your mouth and nose will help to protect your family and ours. Our staff take this seriously and you will see us wearing masks too!
Wash, wash, wash your hands. Did you know soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizer (and apparently easier to find right now)? To really get rid of any germs, wash for at least 20 seconds – which just happens to be how long it takes to hum Row-Row-Row Your Boat three times.
Be sneeze- and cough-courteous. Coughing or sneezing into the inner crook of your arm catches the droplets that would otherwise end up in the air or on the surfaces around you. The COVID-19 virus is transmitted through droplets, not through breathing, so this is important.
Don’t touch your face! The easiest way to get sick (with any kind of virus) is to introduce germs from your hands to mucus membranes – like your eyes, nose and mouth. If you’re not feeling well (whether it’s coronavirus or an old-school cold) please stay home, cuddle with your dog and catch up on your favorite show.
Wipe it out. Many of us do this anyway, but grab one of those wet wipes at the grocery store entrance to clean the cart (buggy for you southerners) handle.
Declutter! A clean desk or counter makes it easier to run a cleaning cloth across.
Personal space. Keep at least 3 feet between you and someone who is sneezing or coughing.
Sharing = caring? Not right now! We’re usually all about sharing, but for now the kindest thing you can do is avoid sharing food, drinks, even lotion or sanitizers – and the germs that ride with them.
Breathe in, breathe out. Ventilation is a good thing. Weather and location permitting, crack a window. Get out and breath the fresh air.
Taking Care of Yourself
Be on your best behavior. Keep yourself in good shape by getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, drinking lots of water and eating nutritious foods. A stressed body is a weak body, so manage your stress through exercise, meditation or conversation with a trusted friend.
Self-care matters. Caring for yourself is the best thing you can do for your overall health.
For additional trusted resources about the coronavirus, we recommend these websites: