We are now in a declared state of emergency. Schools and churches have even shut down. As a health professional, I wanted to reach out to share some important educational information. First and foremost, the CDC is the be all end all in this. Stay tuned to their notifications and tune out the hysteria.
The average person is at low risk for COVID-19, the official designation for the coronavirus. The catch is, if you get it, it’s newly discovered and there’s no vaccine. And, cases are starting to pop up without much of a pattern. Stay tuned to the presence of cases in your LOCAL area and operate accordingly. I just got back from a visit in New York about wellness, and would not recommend flight travel. While I strongly advise against it, that remains a personal choice.
Immune compromised individuals, the elderly, and babies should certainly be protected. We should also exercise reasonable precautions regarding sanitation – step up your 10% alcohol with glitter sanitizer to one with at least 70% alcohol. And of course, continue effective hand washing practices.
Take reasonable steps to protect those around you if you know they are at greater risk as well. Get some extra groceries because you never know when a mandate may require us to stay quarantined in our homes. With the fear that has ensued, those types of decisions are now a possibility. Effects of the panic may turn out worse than the virus itself at a mass scale.
Let’s be both vigilant and realistic in protecting ourselves in relation to COVID-19. I talk about this more on Live Well, the podcast available on Apple, Google, and others. Search the podcast name plus my name to get connected with me quickly. Stay calm, yet prepared. We can get through this.