Hello everyone,

I wanted to provide a new update to my illness policy:

Due to the spread of the coronavirus worldwide I’m tightening my rules surrounding massage and sickness. If you are scheduled for a massage with me and you feel like you are coming down with something, even if all you have are mild symptoms, I want you to cancel your massage and reschedule.

If you show up at my office and are coughing, feverish, or otherwise don’t look well I will send you home and we will reschedule your appointment.

Why this is important: I work with the elderly and others with compromised immune systems and I do not want to expose them to a virus that puts them at risk for hospitalization or death. If you have been following this outbreak you will have learned that the people who have been hospitalized or have died as a result of contracting this virus have compromised immune systems.

In addition to this, I am married to someone with a compromised immune system.  I do not want to expose my husband to a virus that could land him in the hospital or result in his death.

As a final note, I think we have a responsibility to our communities to take precautions to protect our more vulnerable neighbors. While healthier individuals may only end up with mild symptoms, this may not be the case for others. As such, when sick staying home is the best option.

Please be a good citizen and client, let me know you aren’t feeling well, stay home, and see your doctor if they suggest it.

For more information about the coronavirus and keeping yourself and others safe The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control are the experts and their advice should be followed.

Thank you for understanding.

Melissa D’Haene LMT

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