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How coronavirus is affecting CHINN GYN: When you come to the clinic for the foreseeable future, we will ask you to sanitize your hands immediately upon entering. We will inquire as to your health status & we may request that you wear a mask. we apologize for the inconveniences we know these changes will cause & we hope you understand that our foremost concern always has to be the health of every human who enters our doors.  We have cancelled all skin & body care treatments for the foreseeable future & will be contacting you to reschedule as soon as it is safe to do so.  We have transitioned all appointments not requiring physical contact to telemedicine encounters & have expanded telemedicine availability for everyone requiring care that can be conducted via video visit.  We will have physical appointments available for acute concerns only.  please call to be scheduled in a manner that eliminates waiting or inadvertent social contact.

CDC Information

Coronavirus Update

sorting through the panic

We are dedicated to providing women with accurate, factual information that is as up-to-date & evidence-based as possible.  We are presently faced with a pandemic situation that is affecting Washington State differently than much of the rest of the country.  No one among us has had her life unaffected, & many of us have been adversely affected because of disappointments, economic fallout, or increased anxiety.  We are dedicated to assisting during this crisis not only in striving to keep you apprised of the most accurate information but also in striving to alleviate all of your concerns related to coronavirus, whether that is anxiety, related symptoms (or unrelated symptoms), or concerns about protecting yourself & others. During this crisis, we are also committed to doing our part to prevent the emergency and urgent care settings from becoming overrun with patients who can be seen in our clinic setting.  If you are experiencing symptoms that are distressing to you, know that we are equipped to handle all viral & respiratory concerns short of those things that absolutely require hospitalization & advanced airway support.  Please do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns.  

Please also be aware of the following:

There is no medication that treats Coronavirus

Treatment consists of managing symptoms to prevent severe illness & help the affected individuals feel better--this means that the virus will need to run its course but that the effects can be diminished.  There are many medications available to treat the symptoms of Coronavirus & to prevent individuals from developing progressive symptoms that may be dangerous.  There are many medications that are presently being used experimentally, & some seem to be having a positive effect.  There is none yet that is universally effective, however.  If you are having symptoms that you are concerned may be consistent with COVID-19, you need to contact your provider right away to begin managing those symptoms before they have progressed.

There is no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus

Everyone is susceptible to contracting Coronavirus; it appears that most people who become infected have extremely mild symptoms & that children have the mildest symptoms of all.  People of all ages can catch & transmit Coronavirus, & the biggest concern is that someone could transmit the virus without even knowing they are infected to another person whose immune system will not fight the virus well--those people are at risk of developing fatal complications related to Coronavirus. At present, there are efforts underway to develop a SARS-COV2 vaccination, but these efforts may be complicated by the ongoing mutation of the virus into different strains, which is occurring on average every 15 days. We also do not fully understand the immune system's response to SARS-COV2 or the implications of having a detectable antibody in our bloodstreams.  Testing is available for those who desire this information, but they should know the information remains uninterpretable.

Prevention is the most important thing & it is best achieved through proper hand washing & respiratory hygiene

Handwashing with soap & water is the most important thing that you can do to protect yourself & your loved ones from contracting Coronavirus. This is particularly important before & after you touch or put anything into any part of your body like your eyes, nose, ears, mouth, genitals or anal region, as these are typically the routes of entry for the virus. If you have a cough or need to sneeze, you should contain the droplets in a tissue or in your own bent elbow, & you should not stand in any proximity to someone who is coughing or sneezing--because we cannot predict the coughing or sneezing episodes of another person, it is best to distance as much as possible.  Coronavirus can survive as an airborne particle for at least 2 hours.  This means that microscopic droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air can linger & that the virus, for that reason, is more contagious than a typical influenza-type virus.  There is not a consensus in the data that shows us how long someone can be contagious or when they are most contagious.  People without symptoms can transmit the virus.  When out in public, it is recommended that you wear a mask, not because this will confer certain protection for you from the virus but because it may limit the number of viral particles you emit into the environment. This is true for all activities, including grocery shopping & exercising.

Coronavirus is not a deadly virus for most

It feels extremely scary because we are all being told not to have contact with other people & the word "pandemic" is scary in & of itself, but Coronavirus will not make people even very sick MOST of the time; most people who become infected with Coronavirus will recover very quickly because their immune systems will mobilize to fight the virus in their bodies.  About 1 in 6 people who contract Coronavirus will require care in the hospital, & the most important thing about that is that we need to ensure that the hospitals are able to provide directed care with rapid response to those people who genuinely need hospital care, which is why we should not all go to the ER if we get a fever.  It is the job of those who will survive this if they get it to protect those who would not.  We caution you to avoid social contacts that are not essential in order to stymie the viral spread--often, people do not know they've been infected until they have potentially infected others, who may be among the higher risk group who does not survive their infection, &, at present, it is difficult to predict who might have a severe response to infection.

WHO Information