First, let us acknowledge the amazing resilience and patience our community is showing, in Thurston County and beyond! We see people helping each other with everything from grocery shopping, to picking up medicines, to reminding each other of the importance of finding the simple pleasures and joy in these uncertain times. While heightened stress is certainly a given, your Care Team at Heart of Wellness intends to do everything possible to aid in the reduction of your stress and the increase of your well-being in all ways, in your life now and in the future.
This is the second in a series of communications through which we will be sharing our best advice for navigating the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Here is the plan:
- What We Are Doing to Help You
- How to Avoid Getting Exposed
- Staying Healthy Through Food and Lifestyle
- Staying Healthy With Nutritional Supplements and Herbal Medicine
- What to Do at First Signs of Illness
- What to Do if You Feel Really Sick
Please remember that the content of this communication and future communications is intended for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
And in order to support you to do this we are happy to announce that we are now offering telemedicine visits so that you can still work directly with your Care Team even if you cannot leave home. If you would like to schedule an in-person or telemedicine visit with one of our physicians please click here to send us an email or give us a call at 360-570-0401.
HOW AVOID GETTING EXPOSED
You have doubtless seen many emails, Facebook posts, and texts from your family on the importance of following the standard recommendations to stay healthy and reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus that we continue to learn more about as days pass. We will share those with you in this letter, too, because the importance of making them your new normal for the weeks and months ahead, is imperative to the health and safety of our community.
- Wash hands frequently, soap and warm water, scrub well!
- Use hand sanitizer when hand-washing is not possible.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, or mouth unless you have recently washed your hands.
- Practice Social Distancing. The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregrate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”
- It is important for your health to stay connected to your friends and family. Remember to practice good hygiene when visiting folks in-person and consider opportunities for virtual connections.
- Be careful about your clothes, perhaps change when you get home from an outing and wash clothes more frequently in general.
- Elderly or immunocompromised people consider wearing a mask, if available.
- Do not wear a mask if you are not sick, save masks for those truly in need, our healthcare workers, the sick, elderly, and immunocompromised.
Also please remember to take good care of yourself: eat well, get lots of sleep, get moderate exercise, and find joy in your everyday life! Play with your children, your pets, explore your neighborhood! Plant that garden you keep putting off, create care packages for your neighbors. Learn a new language, read that book gathering dust on your shelf! Send an email update to all of your family and friends. There are so many things we can do with this gift of time, alongside the stress it certainly brings to many of us for a variety of reasons whether social, financial or sickness.
Stay tuned for more great advice in our next communication, in which we will focus on all the ways you can stay healthy with the help of food, lifestyle habits, and a positive mindset.