Coronavirus: What You Should Be Doing
Posted on Mar 12, 2020
While the chances of contracting Coronavirus COVID-19 are low if we all practice social distancing, I know this is a rapidly developing situation and want to provide the most up-to-date information to help keep you safe.
Many of you must have many questions about the Shelter-In-Place order. The Alameda Country Public Health Department website has a good FAQ page that will likely give you the answers you seek.
Knowing the difference between a cold, flu, allergies or COVID-19 is very helpful:
I recommend that you follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of any respiratory illness, including COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask. They should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others and by medical personnel.
We now have more information now on how COVID-19 spreads:
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Follow Chinese Medicine guidelines to keep your immune system strong and help you avoid catching any virus:
- Start the day with warm water with a little fresh-squeezed lemon. Drink with a straw to protect your tooth enamel from lemon’s citric acid.
- COVID-19 has a short lifespan on above 85 degrees surfaces, so keep your rooms warm if possible.
- Drink warm teas that include the ingredients ginger, chai, licorice, or rose hips. One of the main food/herbs used in China’s hospitals are ginger and licorice, served as a hot tea.
- Eat a rainbow variety of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A is a great immune booster and addresses respiratory system issues. It helps to increase our mucus membrane function so the bacteria and virus can’t attach to the membranes. I recommend increasing sweet potatoes or yam with butter to get additional Vitamin A. Drinking an organic carrot juice with lemon is another way to boost Vitamin A and vitamin C.
- Practice meditation and breathing techniques to reduce stress. High levels of stress wear down your immune system.
- Sleep 7-9 hours per night. Take naps!
- Exercise at a moderate level every day. Walk, bike and work in your garden.
- Use acupuncture and Chinese herbs for both prevention and treatment.
Filed in Current Health News
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