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  • Writer's pictureDr. Lena Suhaila

Self Care in the Time of Covid-19

Distinguishing characteristics

Dry cough, shortness of breath, and possibly fever, typically without runny nose

Individuals with compromised immune systems or signficant pre-existing health burdens are at higher risk of more severe illness.

Preventive actions

• NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

• Prevention and containment is key!! Keep distance when interacting with others. Social distancing.

Prioritize your outings. Stay home more. Avoid public events but stay connected.

• Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

• Avoid touching your mouth, nose and face.

• Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

• Use disinfectant wipes at stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts. Covid-19 lives on surfaces for about 12 hours.

• Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been. Hot water with soap kills the coronavirus; antibacterial sanitizers are not nearly as effective.

• If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more! If you have a cough wear a face mask when you are with others.

Immune Enhancement

Avoiding infection is the first and most important step in responding to the risk of corona virus. The core of prevention is vigor and resilience.

Do whatever health-promoting activities and behaviors you know strengthen you, whether that is more sleep, healthier diet, meditation, yoga. Spend time in nature and in your garden. Help those who need help, don't hoard, love, pray.

Beyond that, here are some preventive medicines to enhance your immune response, reduce your susceptibility, and moderate severity of infection:

Note: Without a consultation, we cannot recommend specific doses or brands beyond these general (but potentially beneficial) options. Commercial products vary in preparation methods, potency, quality, etc.

• Eat onions, leeks and garlic – contains ‘monocot mannose binding lectins’ reported to block viral receptor sites.

• Immuno Caps

• Stinging Nettles Root – contains a lectin with known antiviral qualities that has in fact been shown to be effective against similar strains of Coronavirus

• Vitamin C

• Micellized Vitamin A

• Zinc

• Selenomethionine

• Vitamin D3 – can protect against any tendencies of respiratory viruses to trigger more severe consequences

• Larch/Larix

• Probiotics

Clinical care

Online consultations can be scheduled for selection and dosing of preventive medicines. Please call 650-209-0538

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