15 Mar

During this COVID-19 Pandemic, we want you be stay informed and stay safe.  Here are a few tips as we navigate this high-risk time together.  

  1. Stay calm. Yes, it’s a rapidly spreading virus and it is affecting a lot of people world wide, but for a majority of the population (0-70 years of age, uncompromised immune system), it’s not deadly. (I’m not saying go out and lick a door handle though, lol). 
  2. Stay Safe.  Wash your hands (with soap and water!) before and after eating, going outside or doing different activities. Avoid touching your face.  Avoid large crowds.  If you are out and about, make sure people are just over an arm's length away.  
  3. Stay home if you're sick.  Make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve. Get your rest, fluids, Vitamin C and D, and take the time to get better. 
  4. Protect the “Real Grown Ups”.  These are the folks 65 and over who may have health problems that make them more susceptible to respiratory illness (COPD, Cancer, Autoimmune disease, etc.) If you’re sick, stay away and FaceTime them lots of hugs and kisses instead. If you are a Real Grown Up with a health issue that makes you more susceptible, avoid large crowds and public transportation. Have a neighbour, friend or family member check in on you to make sure you’re okay if you live alone.  
  5. Protect more vulnerable populations.  Those with Diabetes, heart disease, history of stroke, autoimmune disorders (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, etc.) and those who are pregnant are more susceptible to this virus.  If you have loved ones with any of these illnesses or are pregnant and are sick your self, please love them from a distance.  If you yourself have any of those illnesses, or are pregnant yourself, avoid large crowds and public transportation, and notify your doctor if you start to feel ill.  
  6. If you have cough and/or fever, CALL your family doctor or local public health department first. If you live in Peel Region, that number is (905) 799-7700.  They will ask you some screening questions. If you fit the criteria for COVID-19 testing, they will call public health on your behalf and give you instructions on how to take care of yourself in the meantime. Most general clinics are not properly set up for COVID-19 testing (they need special protective gear which is not widely available).  You will have to be sent to special testing locations.  The cornerstone of treatment for COVID-19 is rest, fluids and fever control. Hospitalization is required when respiratory complications happen (shortness of breath, wheezing, etc), cardiac problems happen, or if a person can’t stay hydrated (poor appetite, nausea/vomiting).  In those more complex cases, special medications, ventilator assistance and more vigilant observation is required.  A lot of people affected by COVID-19 are able to stay home and get better.   Don’t make this call on your own though - talk to your health professional to make sure you can do this safely.
  7. Be prepared.  In case you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or asked to self-isolate for 14 days, make sure you have the following on hand:  
    1. Something to take for fever (like Tylenol or Advil - don’t forget the kiddie versions if you have little ones!) 
    2. Water to drink 
    3. Mask or Kleenex to cover your coughs if you’re sick.
    4. Soap to wash your hands.
    5. Toiletries (soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc) x 14 days (which is about 2 bars of soap/person, 2-3 rolls of toilet paper/person, 1/4 tube of tooth paste/person, etc. It’s actually not that much so we don’t have to strip Costco bare, lol). 
    6. Food for 2 weeks (Dried beans, frozen fruit for smoothies, whole grain pasta, pasta sauce, nuts, dried fruit, frozen vegetables, etc.)
    7. A good book (only e-books from the library please!) or a few awesome Netflix/Disney+ series. Or some podcasts. Or a combination.
  8. Utilize online options.  Online shopping, banking and even doctor visits are available.  Contact your retailers or institutions for more information.  At I2Health, we have Novari e-visits available.  Just email us and we'll send you the self-registration information.  

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