New year, new masking update
I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits as we welcome the new year. Winter is my favorite season and our first snowfall always brings me joy for what’s to come. While we have been experiencing warmer than usual weather here in Maine, respiratory illness season is in full swing. We value the safety of our patients and our staff and I wanted to share some reminders on masking and staying healthy to help all of us stay well.
Although we do not require patients or team members to mask during appointments, if you feel uncomfortable our clinicians are happy to mask upon request.
We ask patients and accompanying family and friends with upper respiratory infection (URI) symptoms to still please test for COVID before coming in for a visit. A positive COVID test does not mean you cannot be seen but allows our care team to minimize exposure. All patients and visitors with URIs should decrease the risk of spreading by being considerate and using a mask.
In addition, please consider getting vaccinated for influenza, COVID, and RSV, as it is an excellent way to decrease the risk of illness.
Here are some other tips on staying healthy this winter:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
- Eat mindfully and consume (mostly) healthy foods.
- Exercise. Thirty minutes of activity three times a week can help reduce the risk of chronic illness and just helps us feel better.
- Prioritize sleep. Needing more rest is natural this time of year and good sleep hygiene can work wonders for addressing health issues.
If you are experiencing URI symptoms or have questions about masking, please reach out to your care team. We’re here to help.
From all of us at InterMed, Happy New Year. Please stay safe and well.
Dan Loiselle, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and the entire InterMed care team