COVID-19

As the news media is frenzied with reporting on the latest updates on the coronavirus, many of you have been reaching out to find out what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting the disease and optimize your health.  I realized that we need to empower ourselves and be hopeful.  So, I thought I would summarize what I feel are prudent recommendations:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water and do this frequently.  If you cannot wash your hands, please make sure to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.

  • Get sleep!  Having adequate amounts of sleep boosts your overall immune system and allows your body a rest it needs to fight infection.

  • Eat a whole food diet rich in antioxidants (think vegetables and fruit of all the colors of the RAINBOW) and avoid all sugary snacks and junk food.  Sugar and processed food negatively impact your immune system and increase your risk of getting an infection.

  • Exercise, but consider taking a walk or hike outdoors with the appropriate 6-foot physical distance or exercise in your home to avoid exposure to potentially sick people. 

  • Despite these unbelievably trying times do not forget to laugh, meditate, pray, journal, and work on a daily gratitude routine to boost your immune system. ​A four-sentence loving-kindness gratitude daily mantra:

    • May you feel safe

    • May you feel happy

    • May you feel healthy

    • May you live with ease

​(The Twin Hearts meditation has been shown to boost your immune system​ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N884jNJJpGc)

  • Don't socially isolate, just physically isolate!!​​ Call your friends, family, and neighbors. Use your technology to stay connected to your tribe.

  • During these very uncertain times try to consciously adopt positive, flexible attitudes that help you to be resilient​​ and thrive. We are all experiencing loss right now, but recognizing this and trying to move through these feelings will help strengthen your sense of well-being.

  • Take supplements that help you maintain your energy and boost your immune system

    • For those of you who are interested in additional immune-supporting recommendations, please contact the office for a personalized telemedicine visit with Dr. Staid.

    • Additionally, if you want to reassess your levels but don't want to leave your home there is a new urine test that will give you a sophisticated and personalized evaluation of your nutrient levels, detoxification capacity, inflammation, and oxidative stress levels along with gut health and muscle assessment markers to ensure your program is optimizing your health.

  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 6-feet from others in public no matter what you are doing. 

  • Wear a mask, ANY mask is better than no mask!!

  • Clean all high touch surfaces multiple times daily and have cleaning wipes available and insight makes this an easier process.  This includes telephones, doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, your steering wheel, etc. 

  • GET TESTED! I believe this is the path for restarting the economy and our lives. Antibody testing looks for antibodies (IgM and IgG) in our blood, it is the best test to determine previous EXPOSURE. This is especially important if you are planning on going back to work and you think you may have been exposed ito the virus in the past. PCR testing (nasal swabs and saliva) is the right test if you have ACUTE CURRENT SYMPTOMS because it identifies patients who are actively infected (and are currently infectious) with the virus that causes COVID-19. No test is perfect and few, at the current time, have been approved by the FDA, however, there are high-quality labs that have created tests and completed validation studies that are pending FDA review and are currently available by the FDA under Emergency Use Authorization due to the pandemic.

  • If you develop symptoms:

    • Stay at home except to get medical care, and isolate yourself from your family members or other people, and your pets (animal fur may carry the virus to other members of your family and cats have been shown to become infected with the coronavirus). 
    • Make sure to wear a facemask in the presence of others to protect them from your respiratory droplets that contain the highly contagious virus. 

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 the CDC recommends that you should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is low or you need to be hospitalized for deteriorating symptoms. See CDC Guildlines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html)

  •  If  non-emergent COVID-19 related medical problem arises please call our office and we will be happy to schedule a telemedicine health visit, so you can address your health concern from the safety and convenience of your home.

  • For all emergent or acute symptoms of COVID-19, CALL 911 for immediate help.

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of  depression, anxiety, increased stress and/or feel overwhelmed please reach out so we can get you the help you need. We can set up a telemedicine visit with Dr. Staid, a  psychological therapy visit with Leah Brecher-Cohn or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction coaching session(s) with Jill Tonachio to help you through this time. Let us know what you need, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!

  • If you develop symptoms you may call your County Health Department, your local community hospital, your PCP or our office to be screened for testing.  Testing sites are available around our community for patients with symptoms.

  • Symptoms of  COVID-19 include:

 For more information about COVID-19 on the national and local level the following websites are recommended:

 

In health,

Dr. Staid and the FSIM Team

(Updated May 10th, 2020)
  • Fatigue

  • Fever 

  • Cough

  • Chest congestion

  • Shortness of breath

  • Wheezing

  • Sneezing

  • Diffuse body aches

  • Headache

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Injected red eyes

  • Loss of taste and smell

  • Ear Pain

  • Itchy Eyes

  • Chills or shaking chills

  • Sore Throat

  • Runny Nose

  • Nausea 

  • Diarrhea 

  • Unintentional Weight Loss

  • Rash

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