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 am by no means an expert on the coronavirus or an infectious disease specialist.  However, I realized that we need to empower ourselves and be hopeful.  So, I thought I would summarize what I feel are prudent recommendations:

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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​ -

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 assess your levels but don't want to leave your home there is a 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.

  9. Until testing becomes more available or the outbreak is under better control please maintain a physical distance of at least 6-feet from others in public. 

  10. Wear a mask, ANY mask is better than no mask!!

  11. 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. 

  12. If general screening becomes available, GET TESTED.  

  13. If you develop symptoms please call your County Health Department, your local community hospital, or your PCP to find out how to be tested for the virus.  Testing sites are available around our community for patients with symptoms who are at high risk. Symptoms of the Coronavirus Covid-19 also known as ​SARS-CoV-2 include:

    • Fever

    • Cough

    • Chest congestion and shortness of breath

    • Diarrhea

    • Injected red eyes

    • Loss of taste and smell

  14. Additionally, if you develop symptoms please stay at home except to get medical care, and separate yourself from your family members or other people, and your pets (their fur can become carriers to other members of your family).

  15. If you are sick isolate yourself and wear a facemask in the presence of others to protect them from your respiratory droplets that may contain the highly contagious virus.  

  16. If you are confirmed to be diagnosed with 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.

  17. If a non-COVID-19 related medical problem(s) arise or if you want to address any medical concerns, please call our office and we will be happy to schedule a telemedicine health visit, so you can do it from the safety and convenience of your home. Additionally, if the stress of the situation or your personal circumstances is becoming overwhelming we are able to set up a telemedicine psychological therapy visit or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction coaching session to help you through this time. Let us know what you need, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!

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


In health,

Dr. Staid and the FSIM Team

(Updated April 3, 2020)
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