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Last updated March 18, 2020

     Please note, although Dr. Kara is attempting to provide a reference for individuals to consult throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, updates are coming in daily to weekly from public health authorities. Stay up to date through federal, state, or local health agencies, such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or Oregon Health Authority (OHA) websites.

 

     According to the CDC, although it is expected many people in the US will come into contact with the virus and may become ill, they do not expect many people to develop serious illness. Based on statistics from China, over 80% of people who became ill only experience mild symptoms and recovered without issue. For the 15-20% that became seriously ill, the majority were older adults (60+ years old), with the highest risk of death seen in individuals 80 years or older. These statistics appear to be the standard case in all areas of the world currently experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19, and therefore should be expected in areas experiencing newer outbreaks, such as the United States.
 

     The main goals of health authorities at this time is to control the spread of the virus, which is why it is so important for those exhibiting any symptoms to stay home from work, school, or other public areas or gatherings. 

 

What are the typical signs and symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever and dry cough are the most common symptoms seen with COVID-19

  • Other symptoms may include chills, body aches and pains, runny nose, and sore throat.

  • Rarely, diarrhea and nausea have been noted

     It is recommended for anyone experiencing these symptoms to stay home starting from the first sign of illness and treat accordingly with over the counter supplies/medicines. 


     If you start to experience any of these symptoms, don’t panic! We are still at the tail end of flu season and allergy season is starting up. Just because you feel sick doesn’t mean you have COVID-19. However, as health authorities are trying to get on top of this outbreak it is still best to stay home. Staying home when ill is the most important step we can take to avoid the spread of the virus and to help keep our loved ones, friends, and colleagues safe.

 

When to seek care:
     If you start to experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately;

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face

  • Be in contact with your pediatrician for any young child experiencing a fever over 100 degrees F 

 

     Important: Please call the facility you are seeking care from before you arrive so they can contain the infection appropriately upon your arrival.


     Good Health Naturopathic Medical Center is currently not set up to isolate suspected cases of COVID-19 appropriately and cannot provide testing for COVID-19 at this time, so please seek care from your local urgent care, emergency departments, or other designated locations where testing is being provided.

 

Who is at higher risk of serious illness?

  • Adults over 60 years old. An increase in age corresponds with an increase in risk.

  • Individuals with long-term pre-existing conditions such as COPD, other lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes.

  • Other immunocompromised individuals such as those with HIV/AIDS, or taking immunosuppressive pharmaceuticals.
     

These individuals are urged to take recommendations on avoiding infections more seriously.

Recommendations to reduce risk of infection:
     At this time, it appears COVID-19 spreads through larger respiratory droplets and is not an airborne infection, thus the reason hand washing and not touching your mucus membranes (eyes, nose and mouth) appear to be the most protective measure to take. So;

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Avoid touching high touch surfaces in public places

  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated areas

  • Keep high touch surfaces in your home, car, and work space clean. For details on how to clean effectively to prevent the spread of COVID-19, see this article from the CDC.

 

Naturopathic preventative measures:

  • Avoid sugar, junk food, and alcohol. Both decrease the body’s immune response for many hours after ingestion, so it’s best to just avoid them for now (and minimize them in general in your day to day life, regardless of COVID-19!).

  • Get enough sleep. Sleep allows the body to rest, reduce inflammation, reduce stress, and boost the immune response. Aim for 8 hours per night.

  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration reduces the fluidity of saliva and other mucus secretions in the body that is our first line of defense against viruses and other infections!

  • Stay positive! Stress releases cortisol which increases inflammation in the body and lowers our immune system response. One way to help stay calm through the storm is focusing on positive thoughts or mantras. For example, “I am safe and healthy. My loved ones are safe and healthy.”

  • Supplements

    • There are currently no herbal, nutrient, or pharmaceutical products backed by statistically significant data at this time due to the novelty of this virus to protect from COVID-19.

    • Please, beware of too much of a good thing! In general, anti-viral and immune boosting supplements seem to be beneficial in helping prevent contraction of COVID-19, but do not overdo it! Do not exceed recommended dosages of herbs and nutrients by double dosing or mixing multiple products. You can cause your body serious harm by doing so. Seek professional guidance to determine maximum doses of certain products, as it may be different from person to person.

    • If you have any respiratory issues or otherwise fall into a “higher risk” category, please refer to the last treatment plan provided from me that addressed these concerns or schedule a follow up with me or your medical provider to determine the best route of action.

What NOT to do:

  • Buy masks - It is currently advised by the CDC to not purchase masks. They are not effective in preventing you from contracting the virus. They are only effective at preventing spread if you are already ill by working as a barrier against the spreading of respiratory droplets. Also, the recent high demand of masks has lead to shortages in some places for those working on the front line and those who are ill who actually need them! 

  • Clear shelves at your local grocery store or pharmacy - while it is advised to keep your home well stocked with prescription medications, food, and toiletries, this is recommended simply to help avoid spreading the virus if you become ill and need to stay home for, on average, 1-2 weeks. Aka, we don’t want people going to the grocery store while they are sick and potentially infecting others because they ran out of necessary items.

  • Get updates on COVID-19 from disreputable news sources - Make sure you are getting news updates from valid sources, such as your health care provider, the CDC, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), or other government agencies and following the recommended guidelines they provide. This can help reduce panic and keep you from investing in fads supposedly helpful in protecting against COVID-19. 

  • Traveling? - It has been advised by the federal government within the past week to avoid all cruise trip travel and non-essential travel via long plane trips.

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