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