The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. It is important follow the guidelines provided by the CDC and the Hawaii State Department of Health. Below are our recommendations for patients and providers, which may be updated as the situation changes.
For Our Patients
It is important to continue to receive regular medical care for any conditions or symptoms you have. Many of our Naturopathic Physicians are still providing healthcare services for patients. Please contact your provider to find out how your care can be best managed under the current conditions. Before coming to your doctor’s office in person, we highly recommend confirming your appointment and completing any necessary COVID-19 symptom and travel screening procedures they have implemented. If you are symptomatic, a Naturopathic Physician may be able to assess your symptoms from a distance and order appropriate testing.
For Our Doctors
It’s imperative for all of the Hawaii ND Community to communicate facts, not fear, but also urgency to follow public health guidelines.
- Please communicate only evidence-based, accurate information.
- Reassure patients and the public regarding fears and discourage biases.
- Reinforce the importance of physical distancing.
- Reinforce their role in supporting the global and local community efforts of containment.
- Use social media to inform the public of what steps your clinic is taking to reduce the spread and accommodate patients.
- Whenever possible, include citations for public education materials.
- Refrain from posting medically inaccurate or unsubstantiated claims regarding any potential therapies with relation to COVID-19.
- If you see misinformation from other providers, assume best of intentions and reach out to the individual privately or contact the HSNP or AANP.
- Consider offering distance services to your patients, especially for those patients with high risk or those who do not require in-person therapeutics.
- If you continue to provide care the patients in-person, take all appropriate precautions including but not limited to screening patients before allowing them to come in-person, increased office and equipment cleaning, appropriate use of PPE at all times, use of “car waiting rooms” and creating gaps in appointment spacing. For more information about appropriate precautions, please contact the HSNP.
- Remember, we are here to help and support the ND community in Hawaii. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns as the situation continues to evolve.
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