While it’s still hard to tell how the Coronavirus will impact us in the long term, it’s become a subject that’s impossible to ignore. While some are advocating we prepare to be quarantined, potentially for months, others are saying the virus is nothing more than a common cold. The World Health Organization takes a more middle-of-the-road approach, advising we take precautions without becoming alarmed.
We’re going to take a similar middle-of-the-road approach, and empower you to make informed decisions for you and your family. Here are some resources to stay up to date on the virus and to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.
For your reference, here’s a link where you can track infection and death rates over time. As you can see, the numbers are increasing daily. Most of the people who die from Coronavirus are over the age of 60, and people who have chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes have a 5–10% higher chance of dying from it. So if you have parents who may need information on how to boost their immunity, it would be good to share this article with them.
This video shares that, as of January 30, 2020, approximately 8,000 people had been infected with the Coronavirus, and 214 had died; the numbers are much higher today. The video indicates that symptoms are similar to a bad respiratory cold, with fever and cough, and that the only treatment is fever-reducing medication. Taking precautions now to up your intake of immunity-boosting supplements, the same way you might if there were a cold circulating in your community, would be a great idea.
After reading through the CDC and WHO websites, in addition to conventional best practices, I recommend the following. This is not medical advice; I am not a doctor, just a health-conscious individual.
- Wash your hands, more than you usually do, and consider wiping down surfaces on airplanes, public transportation, and at the gym with your own sanitizer wipes.
- Have emergency food, water, and medical supplies prepared (always a good idea).
- Practice breathing through your nose instead of your mouth. Nose hairs offer natural protection from airborne viruses.
- Consider avoiding crowded places like airplanes, churches, theaters, etc.
- Make sure you are drinking plenty of purified water.
- If you smoke, it’s an especially good time to quit to protect your lungs.
What if you do get sick and need to go to the hospital?
In the event you or a loved one do get sick and need to go to the hospital, it’s important to prepare a list of your needs. Include your preferred hospital, your primary care doctor and any specialists, food allergies and preferences, and supplements and medications you take. Also, indicate any procedures you desire or don’t desire. Additionally, you should name the person or people authorized to make healthcare and financial decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself.
We can help you prepare these documents in our office, either to take precautions against Coronavirus or for any other reason. Please get in touch if you are ready to get this handled and would like our help.
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