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Coronavirus or Allergies?

Dear Valued Patients,

We are aware of Governor Inslee’s announcement yesterday of stay-at-home restrictions. As a valued patient, your health, safety, and well-being are the most important things that motivates our work every day. 

 

Here are a few updates of what Reboot Center is doing right now:

  • We will continue to provide medical services to our community Tues-Fri from 9-12 & 1-5. We are fully committed and prepared to support you as the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds. 
  • In an effort to provide care safely and effectively, Reboot doctors are now offering virtual telemedicine services. To book a telemed visit, please email or call us to book your appointment or change an upcoming appointment. Please note that annual wellness examinations cannot be conducted via telemedicine.
  • We are pre-screening all visitors entering the office for respiratory symptoms. We request that if you have respiratory symptoms or suspect recent exposure to novel coronavirus, please call before coming in. A telemedicine visit may be a great solution for you!

 

BUT…..is it coronavirus or allergies? 

The symptoms associated with COVID-19 and allergies are strikingly similar. Both seasonal allergies (aka. hay fever) and COVID-19 can present with these symptoms: 

  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Nausea
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

However, there are key differences between these illnesses. 

Seasonal allergies are typically associated with:

  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat

COVID-19, on the other hand, can present with:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue and malaise (feeling run-down)
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort

If you do get seasonal allergies, these can leave your immune system more susceptible to other infections. And, needless to say, we don’t want that!

Some simple suggestions that may help your allergies, without the typical side effects of antihistamines, include: 

  • Vitamin C
  • Quercetin
  • Nettles
  • Bromelain

And for amping up the body to fight off COVID-19? Melatonin has been found to be a key player. I would also recommend looking into these three powerful herbs, in addition to those listed in prior posts:

  • Andrographis (this is in my current cornerstone supplement, HerbImmune).
  • Sage
  • Scullcap

 

How to stay mentally healthy while we have stay-at-home restrictions in place:

  1. Get back into a favorite hobby
  2. Dance
  3. Play board games
  4. Journal
  5. Connect with loved ones over Hangouts, Zoom, or another video tool

 

For additional support and information:

WA State Department of Health: Call Center # 1.800.525.0127, Sunday through Saturday (6:00 am – 10:00 pm)

Island County Public Health: Call Center # 360.678.2301, Mondays through Fridays (8:00 am – 4:30 pm), Saturdays and Sundays (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

 

To health, wellness, and community,

Dr. Jennifer

 

References:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211383520302999

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41421-020-0153-3

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28783743


Coronavirus

Coronavirus & Staying Healthy with Reboot Center

I wanted to send out a brief update on coronavirus from the Reboot Center perspective. Though this might change, there are currently shortages of appropriate equipment and supplies required to safely and effectively test individuals for COVID-19. Because of this, Reboot Center providers are (at this time) unable to see patients who have symptoms associated with COVID-19, nor offer COVID-19 testing.

Therefore, in order to continue to be able to provide much-needed care to our Reboot community, we request that you please refrain from coming to the office if:

  • You have a sore throat, elevated body temperature, cough, shortness of breath or any other symptoms of a common cold or flu.
  • You have had contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

If you have any of these symptoms and are too sick to stay home, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you go to the ER, please call ahead and notify them of your symptoms; they may route you to a different hospital-based on availability:

If you have a fever and no complicating health concerns, stay home until you are fever-free for a minimum of 72 hours.

ON THE PLUS SIDE: We are fast-tracking the implementation of telehealth services at Reboot Center; once this is in place, you can have virtual visits with us. More on this soon - stay tuned!

Let's keep our collective immune systems healthy and foolproof. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • HerbImmune
  • Biocidin
  • Green Vibrance
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Vitamins A, C, and D
  • Zinc
  • Alpha Lipoid Acid/R-Lipoic Acid
  • Herbs including Echinacea, Elderberry, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Scullcap, and Thyme

Please limit your purchase to one of each above product per person, so that we have enough for all. Please email (mailto:reception@rebootcenter.com?subject=Supplement%20purchase) or call (360 437 6022) in advance with your order, so that we get it ready for you. Thank you!

  • Let's remember the famous (and alleged) last words of Louis Pasteur - "The microbe is nothing. The terrain is everything."
  • How can you help avoid exposure and exposing others to any virus, including coronavirus?
  • Avoid large crowds and places with poor ventilation.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who has a cough, fever, acute shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • Prioritize frequent and thorough handwashing with loads of soap.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use hand sanitizers, alcohol-based, when handwashing is not possible.
  • Limit handling doorknobs and other public surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard immediately.
  • Order medical supplies and prescription refills and have them mailed to you.
  • Please stay home if you are sick!

How to cultivate calm in the midst of a storm?

  • Deep breathing
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • More sleep

Some excellent resources:

The Washington State Department of Health has good state-wide information about COVID-19.

If you have questions or concerns related to your health, call the state Department of Health at 800-525-0127, and press #.

The CDC website is an excellent source of information.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a mythbusters website with advice for the public.

The Information Is Beautiful COVID-19 Datapack has up-to-date numbers from around the world.

In health, on behalf of Team Reboot,

Dr. Jennifer


Coronavirus

Coronavirus Thoughts

Over this past weekend I have received many messages from people who have significant fears about coronavirus (or more specifically COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus) outbreak in Washington State, and how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from being exposed. At this point, given the current statistics in Washington, I believe that it is prudent to be prepared and cautious. The most up-to-date information from the WA DOH on COVID-19 is here.

I think that it is probably safe to say that the documented number of reported cases is probably far lower than the actual number, due to a high percent of infected individuals having no or very mild symptoms. Thus, community transmission is likely. 

Here are some preventive measures to protect yourself & others from coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and scrub them for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash the backs of your hands, between the fingers, and under your nails. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who has a cough, fever, acute shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose, and use a tissue, which you immediately dispose of. Wash your hands thoroughly thereafter. 
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling sick. However, if you absolutely have to venture out and have symptoms of cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, wear a face mask at all times.
  • Avoid travel to high-risk countries.

Natural immune & supportive supplements (consult with your physician before taking these):

  • HerbImmune
  • Biocidin
  • Green Vibrance
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Vitamins A, C, and D
  • Zinc
  • Alpha Lipoid Acid/R-Lipoic Acid
  • Herbs including Echinacea, Elderberry, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Scullcap, and Thyme

Foundational tips on staying healthy:

  • Get a solid night’s sleep
  • Stay hydrated; my general calculation is that ½ of one’s body weight in ounces of water should be consumed daily, give or take
  • Limit your sugar and “chemical food” intake
  • Eat plenty of fresh, colorful veggies (and fruit)
  • Mitigate stressors

If you feel sick:

  • Stay home if you think that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel sick, especially if you have respiratory symptoms.
  • If you have traveled to a country on the CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and feel ill, call your health care provider or your local health department.
  • Monitor yourself for fever (temperature of 38C/100.4F or more), cough and shortness of breath.

Testing info:

Mass-level testing as has been efficiently implemented in South Korea and Hong Kong is still not available in the US. Currently, very limited testing is possible through the WA State Health Department and throughout the country. Updated general information on COVID-19 in Washington State is available here. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on February 29th due to the coronavirus outbreak. This policy change will hopefully change the criteria for testing, which is still limited to specific individuals. However, if you feel that you may have been exposed to coronavirus or have a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, call your doctor or your local health department.

Tips on preparing for a possible COVID-19 quarantine:

  • Stock up on groceries:
    • Dry goods like grains, pasta, beans, oats
    • Canned foods that have a high amount of liquid (to maximize your liquid intake as well)
    • Frozen fruits and veggies
    • Dried nuts and fruits
    • Low-sugar cereals
    • Nut butters
    • Jerky
    • Dried fruit
    • Nut milks
    • Pasta sauce
    • Olive and other oils
    • Vinegar
    • Protein powder
    • Drinking water
    • Hydrating drinks like coconut water and natural electrolyte drinks
    • Pet food
    • Baby food
  • Ensure you have plenty of general supplies:
    • Prescription medication, OTC medications
    • Thermometer
    • Toilet paper and other toiletry items
    • Tissues
    • Batteries, matches, flashlights
    • First aid kit
    • Laundry detergent
    • Dish soap
    • Diapers
    • Face masks (if you can still find some)

Additional Information & Tools:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Information

Washington State Health Department COVID-19 Information

Island County Health Department information on COVID-19

 

Wishing you health,

Dr. Jennifer

 

Resource:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032839/