My thoughts on Covid-19 a.k.a. Corona virus, as a healthcare provider.

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This is just my opinion and anything I write does not replace the advice of a medical professional.

So I have worked in assisted livings for more than a decade and have seen a lot. I work with the elderly, hospice, and have taken care of a young paraplegic. What do I think about this virus that everyone is in a hysteria over?

This virus has shut down rec centers, ski areas, schools and so on. At first I thought that was so dumb, because exercise is great for you, and our kids education is important. Then I thought about our elders and at risk populations, and I got it. It is too new, and there’s not enough research for me to form a strong opinion, but here is what I do know.

Covid-19 is an upper respiratory virus, that causes fever, coughing, shortness of breath and infects the upper respiratory tract. This virus is airborne, such as you can catch it just simply by sharing air with someone, and also when someone coughs you will breathe it in, and may catch it or maybe not because after all, you have an immune system that acts as a protector.

82% of Covid-19 cases are mild, amidst the panic, people are acting like it’s a plague and we are all going to die! Do not fall for the hysteria. The media is exaggerating, as always. They need to make money, and have a large audience to do so.

You are at risk if you are elderly and have a underlying medical condition such as: Diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, Cancer, HIV, an autoimmune disease and so on. If you are concerned ask you doctor where you stand. Get a check up once a year and ask your doctor questions about your health. It’s all about prevention.

You can, like with any upper respiratory illness, such as influenza, develop viral pneumonia.

I survived some wicked pneumonia twice, you will be fine. For me I will let you know how bad it is if I catch it. I am on vacation now, but I am going back in a week.

If you are young and healthy you need to calm down. You will most likely be fine. Thankfully, this doesn’t effect young children, so I do not have to worry about my kids.

Your immune system fights off sickness, and protects you. You could have covid-19, and not even have symptoms, or your immune system can protect you from it entirely. Your body is more resilient than you think. Trust your body.

With any sickness or in general, if you have shortness of breath, blueish lips, confusion, chest pain, call 911. This is common sense.

So I am in my late 30’s, with mild asthma, what am I going to do? I’m going to make sure I eat my fruits and veggies at least 5 a day, and why not try for 10? I am going to start doing cardio, because I have asthma, and have had problems with pneumonia in the past. Cardio, such as swimming, hiking, jogging and aerobics, will strengthen my lungs. Exercise in general, boost your immune system. I should of been doing this a long time ago, but I am so busy, as a work out side of the home Mom.

Stress, worry, and sugar depletes your immune system, so quit worrying about Covid-19.

Since I work in health care I am going to take better care of myself because I do in fact plan on getting it. I catch influenza and pneumonia from the people I take care of. In turn this has helped me learn how to take care of my health.

As much as I can, I need to avoid at risk populations, that is just wrong. I might not be able to see my parents until this outbreak is over.

Here is some Covid-19 information:

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Read fact #2. Low risk unless you are an older adult, or have underlying health conditions. Healthy younger folks need to quit watching media, and calm down. I feel bad for everyone freaking out, be aware of the virus but not worrisome.

Please stay away from elders and people with heart, lung, problems, our at risk populations. Use this social distancing.

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Here is another picture to explain why you should use social distancing and who is at risk: 89511923_10220889476694226_6199974678358917120_n

This infuriates me. I went grocery shopping the other day. The TP was all gone, I couldn’t find bleach or frozen veggies, lucky my neighbors and parents let me buy from them what I needed. Is that what it comes down to?

If this virus is mild for 80% of cases, especially for the younger population, hence under 65, don’t you think you should save this for the at risk population that will actually be affected?

Some of my co workers are running errands for the elderly. Please help your elders not harm them, they should be hoarding, not you! You most likely will not be severely effected. It is a shame!

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I drink Airborne except in the summer time, to keep my vitamin C up for my immune system. My doctor says it doesn’t help, hence I just pee it out, but I see a difference. LOL!

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As always, take care of yourself and your loved ones! Exercise, sleep and eat healthy! Stay away from your elderly, and respect your elders.

Get outside, and get your natural vitamin D. This keeps you healthy, with all that fresh air: This article about the 1918 influenza pandemic, explains this it is entitled: Coronavirus and the Sun: a Lesson from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic   https://medium.com/@ra.hobday/coronavirus-and-the-sun-a-lesson-from-the-1918-influenza-pandemic-509151dc8065

My parents and I got outside and walk our dogs, that is one way we are trying to stay healthy, and sit outside on the back porch and talk. Thank goodness it is Spring time!

You can read it here: https://medium.com/@ra.hobday/coronavirus-and-the-sun-a-lesson-from-the-1918-influenza-pandemic-509151dc8065

I think this doctor on YouTube puts it into perspective as well. Watch this YouTube Videoby Dr. Mike

 

Also, this is an example of how the media is exaggerating. Do not be “anxious but be aware”, as Dr. Mike says. There is a ton of useful information in these videos. It is an election year, this is shady, what is really going on? I’m not sure if this applies, but I can tell this is exaggerated, as shown in the video below. Any virus I have ever had I recovered. I have worked in health care and caught many sicknesses. Why are they trying to make us scared? Do not fall for it….. Dr. Mike about the media YouTube Video here

 

Covid-19 Map: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1bJHgS62G0Vak4JKRR2_AOpHqW-4rc9h8XH1_h-7kazzYn5LE1aD0VWxw#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Look at these stats. Be educated, and aware, and do not freak out. Educate yourself!!! Look at cases v.s. deaths and do not freak out. This should be common sense but wash your hands, for 20 seconds, with warm soapy water, use friction and don’t touch the germ infested sink.  Hand washing kills way more germs than hand sanitizer, just wash your hand for goodness sake, sanitizer dries your hands. The fact that the media tells us to wash our hands tells me that they think we are dumb, dumb enough to fall for the hysteria. We are smarter than this!

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This is a chart about influenza from the CDC, we have a flu vaccine yearly for this. Preventative measure:

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If you are at high risk, and or elder, I would think you should wear a mask, since it is airborne? I’m just a caregiver, not a doctor, or Nurse. You can use code SAFE10 for 10% off. When I wear a mask at work, since I have asthma, I make sure I have it fitting my face, so nothing gets in. Fitting my nose and face. de
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31 thoughts on “My thoughts on Covid-19 a.k.a. Corona virus, as a healthcare provider.”

  1. Helpful post. I often wonder why people feel the need to visit the supermarket in twos or threes. One person should go at a time. Common sense. I am healthy but I am caring for my 92 yr old mother who lives alone across from my home. We are insulating her from all this, but it makes her lonely.

  2. I am 88 years old and in 1995, I learned I problably had Celiac Disease I went for 20 years without eating bread. I survive. Food was scare during World War 2 and we survive. Life may change but we will survive, you don’t need to panic.

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  4. Excellent advice. You’d think we would all want to survive, but still people don’t wear masks, go around in groups are they mad?

    Thank you so much for following my little blog, I do hope that you enjoy it and laugh often while having a look.

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  5. Thank you for being so practical. There aren’t enough logical people using reason to get through this crisis, only emotion. This article was amazing!

    I had to self-quarantine due to being treated by a health provider who contracted the virus and you should have seen how scared residents at our resort were! We have a lovely patio and I sat outside in the hot Florida sun resting twenty feet away from them! Felt like a leper who had to cry “Unclean-Unclean” if anyone came near. I felt confident I wouldn’t get it and still didn’t leave my area for the duration of self isolation.

    Thanks so much for following my blog as well – look forward to returning the favor.

  6. That is a lot of good, sane advice. Thanks for the follow and please keep taking care of yourself! (I have a good idea of what your days look like, since I worked with many clients who lived in Assisted Living communities, as a social worker. Take care, and thank you for your work).

  7. Hello! Very informative. I love the artful grocery shopping cartoon. I think it correlates with the no panic message you are sending out. Thank you!

  8. The biggest problem I see with this viruse is the u predictable nature of how it affects each individual’s body. Almost like Russian roulette. Some examples: healthy people with no underlying issues age 20s to 40 die from a stroke, healthy surfer in 20s who survived loses lung capacity and can no longer do deep sea diving. Too many different stories, with too many different factors. It’s too much of a sweeping generalization to say certain demographics are protected because the virus is too new for anyone to say how it can affect people in the long term. That being said, it’s fine to practice the health and social protocols, etc. and not live in fear, but I wouldn’t underestimate the lethality of the virus. It is unlike others and new things are still being learned about it.

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    I don’t think we should ignore the fact that this is a nasty disease. My daughter’s boyfriend is a personal trainer and is in great physical shape. He does have asthma, but he eats healthily and stays fit. He was very miserably sick with Covid-19 for three solid weeks. It has now been two months since he first got sick and he still is having breathing issues and is not back to his normal life. I would urge people to take precautions. Be helpful and kind, but cautious.

  10. I think we should be told how to protect our immune system i drink tonic water for the quinine, plus lemons for the vit c, then plenty of sunshine vit d. The govt put fear to the nation staying indoors makes people fearful which lowers immune system. There is something dodgy going on and I would advise all to refuse any vaccine.

  11. Very comprehensive covered in great detail. You are doing a great service. You take care Michelle and best wishes are with you 💐
    Dilip

  12. What a wonderful breath of fresh air to read a such a sensible, balanced and well-researched post on Coronavirus and Covid-19. I love your graphics – they are really helpful.

    I am a Biochemist and have been trying to spread some sense about the virus and halt misinformation. I am distressed by the number of people who are in an unneccessary state of high anxiety, but it is an uphill struggle!

    Thank you for sharing. I am sure your post will help to put people’s minds at ease.

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