Update for March 19th, 2020
As the COVID-19 virus continues to disrupt our lives,first and foremost I wanted to say...I hope you, your families and friends are all safe and healthy. There are many ways to look at our current situation and it is my sincerest hope that we are all finding positive and productive ways to improve our lives, our happiness, our relationships with others.When this is over and done, as it will be, I am confident we will say that we found away to move closer to becoming our “Best Selves.”
As for dentistry, well, that’s on hold. I will always be available for dental emergencies, but routine dental care has been postponed for the time being. The American Dental Association has advised closing dental practices for three weeks,which began this past Monday. They will reevaluate the situation after two weeks and provide further guidance. As the safety of my patients, team, and community are the sole concern,we will continue to follow the recommendations of our health care experts.I am grateful for your patience and understanding and will keep you advised of when we will again open our doors.
In the meantime, I am using this gift of time to review our best practices so that we can serve you even better in the future,as well as catching up on my dental journals that tend to pile up a bit. Not to be boring, I am also enjoying time with my wife Renee, and daughter Isabelle; working on my photography hobby; dusted off my guitar and strummed a few chords with Isabelle who plays Ukulele;played Yahtzee (can’t remember the last time I did that);started running again;and perhaps most importantly, I’m continuing to work on my basement. With Isabelle entering high school, it will be good to have a place for her to go with her new friends (insert the four letter word b-o-y-s here). Please let us know how you are doing and what new and interesting discoveries you have made during this truly unique time.
Please be safe, maintain your social-distancing, wash your hands a lot, and support each other.
March 2, 2020
With the Coronavirus being front page news and reports of an affected patient in the Arlington Heights area, we want to be certain that we play our part in keeping you healthy and minimizing the virus's spread.
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. The CDC recommends the following to help prevent the spread of any respiratory disease:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have symptoms
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
- Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently
- Wear a facemask if you have symptoms or might be exposed to others who are sick
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap/water are unavailable
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath please contact your primary care physician for recommendations. If you have a dental appointment scheduled while you are experiencing symptoms, for your safety and that of others, we will be happy to reschedule you to another time.
Brian Hicks, DDS