What is in your power to support your health and wellbeing for you and your family during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak?
Firstly, your mindset and recognising what is in your control or under your influence.
Remaining focused on what you can do to take care of yourself at this challenging time will help you prepare mentally, emotionally and even physically.
People under stress are more likely to make decisions that are out of character or can even put them or people they care about in harms way. This includes excessive stockpiling (you don’t need 6 months supply) of toilet paper, rice, hand sanitizer and pasta shortages. There is enough food and other goods in the community if everyone can work together and help each other out.
PRUE’S PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Prue’s Mum has been in a COVID-19 isolation unit at Box Hill Hospital after showing symptoms of shortness of breath (despite no known contact with an infected person). She has received one negative test and is awaiting a second negative test before she is allowed out of isolation. This means I (Prue) have seen how frustrating it is for doctors trying to help patients cope. The more we can do to slow down the spread and decrease the strain on our hospital system, the better.
WHAT IS CLEAR…
The virus will likely become widespread, as it appears to be very contagious. However most people who contract it will experience low grade symptoms, similar to a cold. Many people will carry the infection and experience no obvious symptoms at all.
The main symptoms to be aware of are fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath. Anyone who is unwell with any infection like symptoms is encouraged to call the Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080.
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 immediately.
People over age 60, especially with other chronic health conditions are at higher risk of life threatening illness due to the virus. Health professionals are also at an increased risk due to higher chance of multiple exposures.
Children under the age of 10 appear to be experiencing lower rates of illness than other age groups, however may still transmit the virus without showing symptoms.
Business as Usual In the Clinic
We are still open, and are still holding appointments for anyone who is well and able to come.
Some people are asking why we have chosen this path.
At this time, the Australian Government would prefer allied health clinics to remain open. This contributes to reducing pressure on emergency departments and GP clinics, for people to get ongoing support for their health concerns, in a timely and appropriate way.
We always have our patients’ and staff wellbeing at heart. In addition to our usual hygeine practices, we have implemented:
- Hand sanitizer located throughout the clinic. We ask that patients sanitize their hands as they enter the clinic.
- Hand washing instructions located near hand basins. Please ensure you use soap and rub for at least 20 seconds.
- As always, changing linen between appointments – and decreasing use of linen altogether where possible.
- Washing treatment tables and disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as desks, chairs and door handles between appointments.
- Increased cleaning of other high-touch surfaces such as reception computer, EFTPOS machine and front door throughout the day.
- Increasing the temperature we are washing our linen with.
We ask that you please call us if you are feeling unwell in anyway, or you are caring for a person who is unwell, we may be able to offer a reschedule or:
In addition, we are introducing online Osteopathy consults.
In the next few days we will commence our offering of online consults via Physitrack with Clementine, Courtney and Elizabeth. These consults will allow you to check in with your practitioner, where they can perform a visual assessment and discuss your progress. They will be able to offer advice to assist you in continuing to move towards your health goals, as well as updating your exercise program. These consults will be offered at a discounted rate, as there is currently no private health rebate available from any fund for an online or ‘Tele-health’ consult.
We have sourced some 100% organic laboratory-tested hand sanitizer from Saba Organics. We have a limited quantity available for purchase at $9.95 each. It comes in unscented, lavender or Rose and Kakdu Plum varieties. We have more on order and expect them to arrive in the coming days.
Useful General Advice
Soap and water is your best defence and lots of it. People often don’t wash their hands correctly, or are misguided regarding when their hands are clean. If you are touching a mobile phone, your hands are dirty.
Have extra hand sanitizer on standby. This is useful for when handwashing is not a available or if you need to touch your face / after you have touched your face.
STOP THE SPREAD
Stay home if you have symptoms, this sounds obvious, but people go to work and school every day with cold and flu like symptoms, or other bugs such as gastro.
MANAGE YOUR CURRENT HEALTH PROBLEMS CORRECTLY
If you already have a medical condition, ensure you are following guidelines to keep yourself healthier. For example, if you are asthmatic, follow your asthma management plan as prescribed by your doctor.
ADDRESS VITAMIN & MINERAL DEFICIENCY NOW
If you have diagnosed anaemia, Vit D deficiency, low iodine etc. ensure you are taking steps to deal with this.
Vitamin and mineral deficiency is very common in our community and generally can lower our bodies natural immune response. Your body will thank-you for taking care of it.
People who are regular exercises get sick less often than people who don’t.
This is additionally important to help manage stress, while helping you feel a sense of doing something positive for your wellbeing and can provide a sense of achievement.
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTH RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF EXERCISE, THIS WAS RECENTLY INCREASED TO 1 HOUR PER DAY, 5X PER WEEK.
If you don’t get enough sleep (adults 7-9 hours per night) this lowers your immunity and increases likelihood of getting sick with any bug going around. There are other long term health consequences too.
Stay hydrated. Getting ill increases our chances of becoming dehydrated. This will complicate any potential care you may require.
EAT YOUR VEG AND FRUIT
Colourful foods contain different chemical compounds such as bioflavonoids and antioxidants, which help our bodies defense systems.
Currently it is a great opportunity to eat fresh, as canned and frozen are significantly more difficult to get.
Many fresh herbs (basil, parsley) contain additional natural anti-viral properties, while I don’t know of any that target Coronavirus specifically, it won’t do you any harm, may be useful and will make your food extra tasty.
HAVE SOME NATURAL ANTIVIRALS
on standby if you wish.
There is no need to panic-buy and you may already have some in the cupboard.
Zinc supplements can shorten the duration of a cold and may be helpful with other viruses.
Manuka honey also contains many natural antibacterial and anti viral properties.
Saline – can be helpful to gargle, clean infected eyes etc.
There are many more options available, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.
AS ANY ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS ARE GOING TO TAKE LONGER TO ARRIVE, WE CAN SET UP AN ONLINE DIRECT ACCOUNT WITH BIOCEUTICALS FOR ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE ONE FOR YOU. This means you can get your practitioner quality and rigorously tested supplements straight to your door direct from the supplier, which is generally not open to the public.
Email me anytime with your request, and we will do our best to set this feature up for you quickly.
In support and wishing you good health,