(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine.)
As our country’s health and wellbeing continue to change by the hour, it is impossible to avoid the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. Whether you know someone who has become ill with the disease or you are watching in anticipation as the number of cases continue to rise around the world and across the United States, it is important to remember one thing: we’re all in this together. Healthcare workers who are on the front lines, students who likely won’t have the opportunity to finish the school year, families who are facing financial difficulties and those who have contracted the illness – it is the responsibility of all to flatten the curve in an effort to eradicate this deadly virus.
Our weekly columns focus on the most pressing health issues, whether that is regarding diet and exercise, nutrition, or disease prevention, and a fair amount of our publications – especially at this time of year – already include tips on ways to stay healthy during cold and flu season. With COVID-19 now affecting more than 60,000 individuals (with that count expected to rise exponentially), it is more important now than ever to not only keep commonsense practices in mind, such as proper (and frequent) handwashing, using tissues for coughs and sneezes and taking care physically with sleep, diet and exercise, but to implement the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for protecting oneself against the coronavirus.
There is valuable information available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html, so be sure to check it out. A few important highlights can be found below. If we all do our part, we can flatten the curve, ensuring that hospitals and those medical professionals who are working day in and day out are able to meet the needs of the patients who need critical care during this uncertain time. Take care, think of others and remember, we’re all in this together. Let’s all do our part.
The CDC recommends:
Knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Creating a household plan that includes a 2-week supply of essentials like food and medications.
Staying informed about emergency information through your state’s government website.
Cleaning your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick and maintaining distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. #SocialDistancing
Staying home if you are sick.
Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow and then immediately washing your hands after coughing and sneezing when possible.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, faucets and sinks.