Protecting yourself in a time of panic

We are living in a time where many people are panicking. We are bombarded by factual information as well as a large amount of incorrect information and sorting through the two can be overwhelming.


As a healthcare professional, I feel it is my duty to share with you the most accurate information that I can I can help you sort through the confusion and it’s my ethical concern to provide you with the best service. Please be confident that I am disinfecting surfaces, tools, sheets, etc. and being mindful about maintaining the health of my space to be able to share with you.



Symptoms:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is characterized by mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. Most cases being reported are mild. Illness can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties.


Some things to do:

1. Wash your hands: step up your handwashing game. Take the time to actually scrub all surfaces of your hands. Your fingertips. Your fingernails. The front and the back of your hands with soap.


2. Stop touching things including your face. It’s nearly impossible to not touch any surface, so the surfaces you do touch, clean! When was the last time we cleaned doorknobs, light switches, cell phones, keyboards? COVID-19 typically is not spread through airborne particles. Instead it is more likely to be transmitted through touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the face, specifically eyes, nose or mouth. By being aware of what we are doing and changing our hygiene habits, we can increase our safety and prevent the spread of the virus.



3. Eat well. Get enough sleep and hydrate. Taking time to invest in your health and well-being is something we all can benefit from. Balanced nutrition can help our bodies fight any nasties that attempt to enter our systems. Hydrate! When your body is well hydrated, the mucus membranes which act as a line of defense are able to work more efficiently to get rid of what is attacking the body.


4. If you have a massage, in-person Reiki, or health coaching appointment scheduled and you are not feeling well (or if you have a family member displaying symptoms) please call me in advance. I will gladly reschedule waiving the cancellation fees.


COVID-19 appears to attack people with previously compromised systems. Avoid panicking. Get your information from credible sources. The World Health Organization and the CDC are good sources for up-to-date information.


Helpful Guides:

The CDC’s guide, “Protect Yourself and Your Family”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html


World Health Organization’s “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19 Outbreak” guide, with information on self-protection, travel advice and more.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


The CDC’s guide, “Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html


Environmental Protection Agency’s list of approved sanitizers to use against coronavirus.

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf



Ultimately, your health and well-being are paramount.

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