As most of you are aware, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly around the world, impacting millions of lives in unprecedented ways. Knowledge about the virus and its key characteristics is growing every day, as several Governments and organizations worldwide attempt to limit the risk of transmission. We hope you have been faring well during these challenging times. In addition to concerns about getting sick, we have to deal with financial stress, and having the same worry for family and friends. It can be a lot to deal with. I want you to know that everything will be okay. These challenges are temporary and we will get through this. As we speak, China is already getting back to normal with stores and factories reopening as their Coronavirus cases start declining. Our country has some of the best and brightest minds working on solutions. Together, we will successfully handle this emergency, as we have done in the past.
When facing any challenge, it is good to have a plan. In this case, you might want one for your health, another for your finances, and a third for your family and friends’ connections.
HealthIn terms of your health plan be sure to:
- Maintain social distance (6 feet away)
- Wash hands for 20 seconds (time of singing happy birthday song)
- Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth (fight that urge)
- Stay home unless you have essential business
- Cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm
- De-stress/ Find ways to relax (apps: Headspace, Calm, Sanvello)
- Get enough sleep
SohoMD is keeping regular virtual hours. Be sure that your Vitamin D, Zinc, Copper and Selenium are all within normal range to optimize your immunity. This is something to discuss with your provider.
Although there are no definitive studies, there was a link found between elevated IL-6 and people who had a poorer outcome from a COVID-19 infection. That led to an initial recommendation to avoid ibuprofen, which was later withdrawn. Despite the fact that the answer is not clear, I still recommend avoiding all products known to increase IL-6 unless specifically prescribed by your provider. In most cases, there is nothing to lose by avoiding these products and potentially something to gain. The list of products to AVOID:
Most Americans have limited savings and carry debt. If you are in this situation, you are not alone. The government is offering financial incentives for businesses and individuals to help us through these challenging times. Your accountant might be a good person to ask about how these may apply to you. You might also want to reach out to family and friends for financial support if needed. Review your budget and come up with a plan to make your current dollars stretch. Here is a list of job search sites that focus on remote work, if you need ways to increase your income:indeed.com offers a wide range of options, including some remote work.
In terms of your investments, speak with your financial planner for some guidance. If you invest independently, consider finding a financial advisor who is paid hourly, to help give you some guidance on your portfolio. Take a deep breath and get advice before you impulsively take action that you might later regret.
Make an effort to reach out to family and friends on a regular basis. This is especially important if you live alone. If you live with your family or friends, make an effort to organize fun activities that can engage everyone. Remember to enjoy every moment you can spend with the people in your life. It is a gift that should not be taken for granted, even under these circumstances.
If you have a child in grade school, connect with the school to get a schedule of classes for remote learning. The same goes for colleges and universities that have moved everything to remote learning. It will be good for the children to stay connected to their teachers and peers.Structure helps bring comfort.
SummaryWe will get through this difficult phase. Make a plan to handle the immediate challenges before you.
- Wash your hands and don't touch your face. Keep your distance from others.
- Sleep, exercise, de-stress, hydrate
- Avoid ibuprofen, elderberry, echinacea, propolis
- There is plenty of food and water to go around. Stay relaxed when buying more food or supplies.
- There are companies looking to hire remote workers if you need another job.
- The government, businesses, family and friends will help you through these challenging times, financially and emotionally.
All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.