This article by Dr. Jeff Clark was written and released to print at the end of February. We have a few updates to this evolving situation. The WHO has declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 3/11/2020. The rate of transmission is looking higher than influenza because there is no community immunity to slow it down. The virus is new to everyone’s immune system. Social distancing is the order of the day and highly recommended to slow the spread of this infection.
If you or someone in your family is having difficulty breathing, CALL your local and preferred hospital and follow their directions. DO NOT just show up there.
If you are having symptoms that are worrying you, CALL your doctor’s office for a phone or telemedicine appointment to sort out what you need to do and any treatment plans they may have for you. At True Health Medicine, we have meaningful treatments to offer at the first sign of illness.
If you are simply worried, then follow the rest of the advice in the article and the points below. These recommendations are protective for yourself and for the most vulnerable in our communities!
- Soap and water are the preferred agents for cleaning hands. Soap acts as a solvent which destroys virus particles. Anti-bacterial soap adds no additional benefit. Hand sanitizer is not as good as soap and water and is hard on the health of the skin if used too often. Hand sanitizer is better than nothing when soap and water are not available.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes – use a disposable tissue if possible and throw it away immediately. If this is not possible, it is preferable to cough into your elbow instead of into open air. If you do cough into your elbow, launder that clothing item.
- Stay home from work and school if you or anyone in your household is having cold or flu-like symptoms. If your circumstances allow you to work from home, now is the time to do so even if you are well.
- Avoid hugs and handshakes with friends and acquaintances. Elbow bump or some other alternative greeting.
- Stay away from crowds. Time your visits to stores to less busy times and fewer people.
- Wash your hands before touching your face, food or family member. It is recommended to wash your hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds.
These measures are intended to limit the spread of this highly contagious agent to “flatten the curve.” This article provides more explanation for what that terms means. Flattening the curve provides our public health agencies and local healthcare systems more time and space to respond to those affected by COVID-19 while also continuing to provide other necessary care and treatment. We will continue to post updates, including how our clinic plans to respond, in the days ahead.