We encourage every member of our community to recognize the importance of taking precautions to mitigate risk of infection by following some common practices.

Here Are Some Things You Can Do Immediately:

The Coronavirus spreads through both air and contact.  It’s much like the flu in that regard. Some common sense steps you can take to help protect yourself:

  • Follow CDC safety guidelines. These precautions are always a good idea! So, think of this as a reminder to commit to the basics: 
    • Stay home as much as possible and avoid any unnecessary trips or gathering
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with disposable tissue and throw it in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue available sneeze or cough into your arm or clothing, not your hand
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer, if soap and water isn’t available. 
  • Sleeping well and healthy eating will go a long way in keeping your immune systems strong.
  • Get the flu shot if you have not done that this season.
  • Masks are not recommended for people who are well
  • Stay home if you are sick unless it is necessary to seek medical attention. Keep your manager informed. 
  • Please reconsider any international travel because of the rapid spread of the virus.  Do not travel to impacted regions as categorized by the CDC. You can see a CDC travel map here.

Here is What the United States is Doing and Saying Right Now:

  • CDC is listing most regions as safe.
  • Public health officials are saying good hygiene habits make a big difference.  
  • The US government is currently taking unprecedented steps related to limiting and monitoring travel to impacted regions to slow the spread of the virus.  

Here is What Kindbody is Doing Right Now:

  • We are engaging the advice and input of experts in the fields of employee wellness, public health, and remote employment management
  • We are increasing the frequency with which environmental cleaning occurs in the clinics and offices.  This specifically applies to workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Note: The CDC has said that no additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
  • We will be providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in all clinics and offices.
  • We will be regularly communicating updates to any of the above.

We are constantly monitoring the status of coronavirus (COVID-19) with the health and well-being of our community in mind and will provide updates as we learn more.  

Thank you for looking out for yourselves, and for helping us keep our spaces safe.

Dr. Lynn Westphal
Dr. Lynn Westphal
Dr. Lynn Marie Westphal, M.D., FACOG, and Kindbody's Chief Medical Officer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University, earned her M.D. degree at Stanford University, and did her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA and Stanford University. She did a fellowship in molecular biology at Stanford University and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at UCSF. Dr. Westphal joined the full-time faculty at Stanford University in 1998 and was a Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Director of the Fertility Preservation Program, Director of the Third Party Reproduction Program, and Director of the REI Fellowship. Her interest in fertility preservation for cancer survivors led her to set up one of the first oocyte cryopreservation programs in the country. She has held numerous national leadership positions and was the President of the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine from 2008-2009. She was the Director of Women’s Health at Stanford from 2005-2012. In 2012, she co-founded the Stanford Center for Health Research on Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) and served as co-director of the program for two years.