Another article about coronavirus? Yes, but this is a good one.
We have asked our community members: ” Coronavirus is on top of everyone’s mind. What tips would you give your fellow Chargies during these stressful times? “
Here’s what they said.
1. Don’t panic. It is more likely we will catch the Flu, Strep or Stomach virus before CONVID-19.
2. Take things such as Vitamin C or Eldenberry (if you can) gummies to help immune systems.
3. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
4. Wash your hands, we all do it anyways. Use hand sanitizer and if you feel like you need to, wear a mask.
5. If you have any symptoms contact your doctor or go to the ER ASAP.
6. Protect your mental health. Stay off the new media sites, turn your TV off if you need to, stay off social media if you need to as well. Protecting your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Limit your time/exposure if it puts your mental health in jeopardy. In the end, this will literally blow over in the next few months and then it will be old news.
Panicking and stressing out will cause us to have immune flares and make us worse. Live your life and if you really need to, stay home if you’re able to. However, this Chargie has decided to live her life, take precautions and keep calm and carry on. According to John Hopkins more people are recovering, the virus is coming under control and things will turn around pretty soon.
Laura replied. To which she got comments like:
Most of that is correct however we’re not supposed to be taking anything to stimulate the auto immune system such as Elderberry and echinacea. 😀 plus you are supposed to call the county health department before going to a doctor or ER if you have coronavirus symptoms so that you do not contaminate their areas.Rachel
It’s much more easily spread and has a higher mortality rate than the flu. Most of all, it requires a higher rate of medical intervention because of the related pneumonia. As a population, we have built up an immunity to strains of the flu. We also have vaccines and Tamiflu. We don’t have a population with immune systems built up against SARS much less COVID 19. I know people who are able to isolate, even with young children. I live with 2 college students who are now home & a husband in the military. I take immunosuppressant drugs… so I will be shocked if my family doesn’t get it.
I’m not panicked, but am realistic.Bonita
Don’t touch anything
“Something small but thought I’d mention it” said Jenny. “If you go out to a place that has a kiosk for appointment check in, ordering a meal, etc… bring a stylus with you and use that instead of touching the screen. Bring and use your own pen when signing receipts, checking into doctor appointments, etc… in public”
Alyx adds: It’s been told by the CDC that up to 80% of Americans will catch one of two strains. Don’t freak out trying not to catch it, because it’s all but inevitable for us. Wash your hands, shower frequently, and stay indoors if you can.
Carry hand sanitizer everywhere you go and if you have to go to the store, use the wipes to clean the shopping carts. Says Barbara
Wash your hands alot, dont touch your face, and stay home if you are sick. For us chargies I would add, stay home unless you need to go outLora-lee
Take care of your mental health
Keep calm, and listen to the Moody Blues. That is what I will be doing as often as possible.Irene
Maria comments: “Remember that panicking (and excessive worry on top of whatever illnesses/chronic conditions you have) weakens the immune system. Watch a comedy show, curl up with a book you’ve been meaning to read, watch a movie, do gentle stretches, cuddle your furbabies.”
Melody advises: ” Go for a hike ,enjoy nature, listen to the birds, look for signs of spring, and new beginnings. Breath in the fresh air and be in this moment” This is obviously only possible if you live in an area that is not in complete lockdown.
“Focus on what you can control. Helping others feels good so maybe buy generic (or other cost saving measures) and make a donation to the food bank. Try to limit exposure to the news. “Tammie
Do you have any tips to share? Would love to read them in the comments.
Stay safe everyone