Blog General COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Info for our Community

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Info for our Community

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

 

As reports come in of cases in California, the biggest thing to remember is not to panic. While the World Health Organization and the United States Department of Health and Human Services have both declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency, there are similar signs and possibly more danger from the Flu virus. Most folks will experience both with mild symptoms.  

Here are some simple things that can meaningfully support your health and ability to fight illness: 

* Get good sleep, and prioritize your self-care. Sleep is critical to optimal immune function. If you are sleep-deprived, you are not at your peak immunity. 

* Eat nutrient-rich foods, and prioritize a healthy diet. Your diet provides building blocks used by your immune system to fight illness. Without those resources, your immune system will be weaker. 

* Talk to your practitioner about optimizing your vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C levels. These nutrients are particularly important for optimal immune function and may be depleted in the typical diet, and in the winter depending on location. Zinc lozenges can be especially helpful. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx.

* Stay hydrated. Water is at the foundation of our health. Clean/filtered water consumed regularly helps keep our whole system functioning optimally, including our immune systems. 

Don’t panic! An outbreak is scary, but most people will experience COVID-19 as a mild illness. Prolonged, toxic stress inhibits immune function, so whether it is fear about the virus or excess stress at home or work, do what you can to give your system a break and restore. Exercise, acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional and herbal supplements recommended by your healthcare practitioner, qigong/tai chi, yoga, meditation, or whatever your “go-to” to unwind must take priority now. These are not luxuries! Take care of yourself.
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Remember: This virus ONLY has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs.) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth. Here are some simple things we all can do to cut down our risk of exposure and work to keep ourselves healthy.  

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

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Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
* fever
* cough
* shortness of breath/difficulty breathing 
As such, if you are experiencing these symptoms, (especially the fever) it is recommended that you self-isolate (stay at home), and contact the Dept of Public Health if symptoms worsen for immediate testing.

Here are some FACTS, NOT FEAR to share from the CDC

PDF handout from the American Society of Acupuncturists with info for practitioners and health care workers.

For more information, please contact the County Health Dept., or speak with your provider.

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