How to Keep Healthy & Calm During a Pandemic?
Sheryl Buchholtz-Rosenfield is a registered nurse in geriatrics and has worked in post-acute care for over 30 years. She even served as a first aid volunteer at the Sept. 11 triage. In other words? She is very qualified to answer all of our COVID-19 questions.
Since most of us are probably familiar with the basics (e.g. social distancing, washing hands for 20 seconds at a time, etc.), we focused on more specific questions like “How do you take care of yourself at home if you get sick?” and “What can we do for our older relatives that we all worry about?” Read on to see the very helpful insights and advice given by Buchholtz-Rosenfield.
TotalBeauty recommends that all readers follow the CDC’s guidelines and try to remain as isolated as possible during this time of emergency. Visit the Center for Disease Control at CDC.gov or Who.int at the World Health Organization for the latest information on coronaviruses and to learn what you can do to stop transmission.
First of all, do you have any tips for people who are trying not to panic? What happened in Italy was horrible.
“Italy is a bad way to deal with it because most people don’t get any medical intervention,” Rosenfeld said. The key, she says, is to seek medical attention at the right time.” The CDC and the health care system require people, especially those under 50, to wait until they exhibit ‘real’ symptoms of the virus that cannot be dealt with domestically.”
Buchholtz-Rosenfield also reminds us that “80% of people with a positive COVID test will be fine and will not need significant interventions other than temperature management with acetaminophen (or similar), hydration, and avoiding contact with others.”
That said, even if you don’t make it to the local emergency room at the first sign of a cough, keep your doctor informed.” I would approach a doctor or GP to document your situation,” advised Buchholtz-Rosenfield.
What are the recommendations for treating mild cases at home?
Buchholtz-Rosenfield says your first priority should be, “Manage your body temperature with acetaminophen.” Manage your temperature with acetaminophen (not anti-inflammatories), good hydration, zinc supplements, and rest and avoidance of others.” What if you start getting a little cold and fever?” This time of year is a good time to be able to stream or listen to a class online.”
We also asked Buchholtz-Rosenfield if she had any tips to help those with shortness of breath open their airways. But, she says, it definitely falls under the aforementioned “‘real’ symptoms of the virus that can’t be dealt with at home”: “”If you or someone in your family is experiencing breathing difficulties, it’s time to seek real medical intervention.”
Are there any immune boosting supplements/vitamins that you recommend?
“Nutritionists and others are recommending zinc, vitamin C and lots of fluids.” Buchholtz-Rosenfield suggested. Tired of adding pills and mysterious powders to your morning smoothie?” Fresh vegetables and fruits are also a good source of energy and vitamins,” says Buchholtz-Rosenfield.
Is there any particular error message around COVID-19 that needs to be corrected?
“Yes!” Buchholtz-Rosenfield said, “Crazy about drinking fluids to transfer the virus from your mouth to your stomach to kill it?” Wow!” (Although you should still drink the liquid!)
Buchholtz-Rosenfield also said that the “hold your breath for 20 seconds test” was also of little practical significance. As she puts it, “If these really worked, we wouldn’t be treating so many cases where we’re telling people to drink water and hold their breath.”
Again, around this disease, do you think there are any signals of knowledge/insight that need to be elevated?
“It’s sad to say, but it’s really important to reduce transmission and limit contact with others.” Buchholz Rosenfeld reminded.” The issue of social contact is hard, even for people who are used to working from home, because it means not being able to go out to dinners or gatherings.”
Another important reminder? said Buchholtz-Rosenfield, “It’s important to eliminate children from different families from playing together.” It may seem safe, but as she cautions, “In the absence of any outward symptoms, you don’t know who might be carrying the virus.”
You work in geriatrics. Do you have any advice for those of us who are worried about our elderly relatives and friends?
“Sadly, time spent with elders is greatly limited,” said Buchholtz-Rosenfield.” I think it’s critical to establish some kind of all-day FaceTime or phone contact, food delivery, help finding other things that you might need (like medications or supplies).” As she reminds us, “Social alienation is not social isolation.”
She also suggested (remote) technical support.” Museum tours, audiobooks, audiobooks, courses and online conversations are available on the web. Help an older person make connections. This will help both of you not feel alone at this very challenging time.”
TotalBeauty recommends that all readers follow the CDC guidelines and try to remain isolated during this time of emergency. Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov) or the World Health Organization (who.int) for the latest information on coronaviruses and to learn what you can do to stop their spread.