As of August 4, 2020
First and foremost, we appreciate your patience and support during this time, it has been great welcoming everyone back to campus. Irene’s has implemented numerous infection-control protocols that will help maintain a clean and safe environment on campus. Requirements from the State of Michigan, the CDC and OSHA are all being followed. Students are back on campus and the student clinic is now open.
- Every effort possible has been made to help students stay on track at school. Graduation deadlines will be extended. We will utilize Leave of Absences to assist students unable to attend classes.
- Once back on campus, while we must be physically distant, we do not need to be emotionally distant. Refrain from hugging and handshaking, suggested alternatives when greeting each other are a wave, placing a hand over your heart, or both hands together Namaste style.
- Irene’s maintenance team performs a deep cleaning of the building every day. All the surfaces in the classrooms, student lounge, bathrooms, clinic, and administration are thoroughly disinfected every hour.
- We will remain vigilant in providing an extra clean facility for our students, staff and clients. Additional disinfecting wipes have been added to offices and classrooms. Students and staff are urged to utilize these to keep work areas clean.
WHEN SHOULD YOU QUARANTINE?
Irene’s is following the updated CDC quarantine guidance (July 16, 2020).
This new guidance is important because you should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Who needs to quarantine?
- Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus.
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Steps to take
- Stay home and monitor your health.
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
When to start and end quarantine
You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
As COVID-19 is at the top of the headlines, Irene’s is choosing to focus on emphasizing health maintenance and minimizing panic. Join us in taking pragmatic steps to keep you and your family safe. Below are reasonable steps you can take to help keep yourself healthy.
- Boost your immune system! First and foremost, I urge all of you to do everything possible to stay healthy yourself. It is essential to prioritize your well-being and do all you can to boost your immune system. I urge you to utilize the lessons you have learned at Irene’s so you’re as healthy as possible in the unlikely event you encounter this virus. Research shows that sustaining healthy habits supports immunity and can help prepare our bodies to better fight and recover from illnesses.
- Stick to a nutrient-dense, toxin-free diet, including known immune-supportive foods like garlic and ginger. Avoid foods that tend to weaken the immune system, such as sugar, refined grains, and all processed and refined foods, as much as you can. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
- Practice mindfulness. Research suggests that mindful meditation can have benefits for health including immune function.
- Get adequate sleep, ideally seven to eight hours a night. This is your body’s time to perform preventive maintenance, which bolsters the immune system. Research shows that repeatedly short-changing sleep by even an hour or two can negatively affect immunity.
- Get plenty of sunshine and supplemental Vitamin D and K2. High levels of vitamin D have long been linked to lower rates of illness. Consider taking additional vitamins, micronutrients, and supplements to support immunity, such as a high-quality multivitamin, magnesium, omega-3, vitamin C, elderberry, and digestive enzymes. Probiotics and powdered greens have also been shown to support immune and gut health.
- Get at least 20 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity exercise a day to prime the immune system. This movement results in the production of more white blood cells, which combat bacteria and viruses, and promotes improved circulation.
- Practice good hygiene! Following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), we recommend the following.
- Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to protect yourself and others from germs.
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your face, because germs routinely spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Please know we are grateful for your support during this ever-changing situation. We will all get through this together even at a distance. Stay safe and active. Keep smiling. This too shall pass.
Yours in Light and Love,
Irene’s Myomassology Institute
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