Posted on: Mar 11, 2020 09:31PM
Posted on: Mar 11, 2020 09:31PM
Increasingly, it's feeling like the elephant in the middle of the room. So, I thought I would open a thread where we can air our concerns, frustrations, fears, and nervous humor about the SARS-CoV2 virus and give each other support. Do you work, and can you work from home? Kids in school? Are you practicing "social distancing" and to what degree? Are your family members and caregivers doing the same? What are the practical considerations and concerns you deal with on a daily basis? Is there an outbreak near you?
I'm hoping we can come here to support each other, commiserate, and get through it together. It would certainly help me.
Blessings and waves - from 6 feet away - to all of you.
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Mar 12, 2020 10:29AM ingerp wrote:
Oy. Sorry--I forgot about the paywall. I'll grab some of the verbiage.
"While it is true some parts of the system require vitamins and minerals (such as vitamins A, C and zinc) to function normally, higher doses have not been shown to make the system function better. In fact, scientists are still a long way from understanding the complex interplay of cells and organs that allows the immune system to perform at its optimum level."
"'Obviously good and balanced nutrition is important, but I actually do not think there is any strong scientific evidence for any specific type of food being linked to better immune function, and certainly there is no serious work on the area that I am aware of,' says Shiv Pillai, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard immunology program."
"So, what can we do to keep the immune system — and our overall health — functioning optimally? The experts I spoke with all had the same suggestions, and this list probably will not surprise you. In addition to the balanced diet mentioned by Pillai, you should: aim to be physically active for at least 150 minutes per week; take steps to quit smoking; use strategies to reduce stress (exercise is great for that); and try to get adequate sleep — about seven or eight hours per night."
"If you consume a diet filled with adequate protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, you should not need any of the supplements being marketed around coronavirus. To get there, fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit, and the remaining quarters are left for protein-rich foods (chicken, fish, beans, eggs, etc.) and some whole grains like oats or brown rice."
"Vegetables and fruits are especially important; choosing a colorful array — perhaps carrots, peppers, oranges, leafy greens, berries or apples — will provide vitamins A and C, which both play important roles in immune function. It is also vital to get enough vitamin D, because vitamin D deficiency is linked to an increased susceptibility to infection. Since it is found in a limited number of foods, such as fortified milk and fatty fish, supplements are often recommended (the dose you need depends on age, gender and how much you get from food)."
"Still, if taking your vitamin C or some other supposed immune enhancer simply makes you feel good, go ahead. 'Taking a supplement is an intervention a person can implement immediately," Stefanski says. "This leads to feelings of control and may even have a placebo effect of enhancing their well-being even if the supplement isn't actually enhancing the immune system.'"
Mar 12, 2020 10:49AM sweetp6217 wrote:
I work in a place where anywhere from 20 to over 100 come by per day. We cringe when we hear wet coughing or sneezes when peeps don't use their coat elbow, etc. Peeps touching everything they can get their hands on (little kids mostly). If I shop in a store, I wonder if I should be shopping at all and buying something that a sick person touched and put back. Same goes for Shipt. I'm sure that the employee knows better, but what's in the store cannot be cleaned every time something happens. We are allowed to wear masks now but I really wish those who are sick would wear them. If they cannot find any to buy, I would visit the doctor's office and grab a couple.
We also have to hide the hand-sanitizers big bottles (for all to use/share) because they grow legs. Those available to buy (hand-sanitizer, masks, gloves, some paper towels, some toilet paper, clorox and other wipes, rubbing alcohol, etc., all wipes but facial and lastly vick's vapor rub. Not sure what you do with that last one.
I also get my flu shot in November/December since they are most effective for about 6 months. I got the flu once in a February when I got the flu shot in August.
My husband is also exposed to sick people during work. We can't escape it but just keep our hands worn out from all the washing.
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Mar 12, 2020 09:21PM marijen wrote:Top infectious disease doctor would not fly for pleasure during coronavirus pandemic
From CNN's Michael Nedelman
The US's top infectious disease doctor told CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta Thursday night that he wouldn't get on a plane right now due to the coronavirus outbreak unless absolutely necessary.
"I certainly wouldn't get on a plane for a pleasure trip. It would have to be something that was really urgent," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during CNN's coronavirus town hall. "My job is the public health. If it had to do with the public health and I needed to do something for the public health, I might do that because I'm quite healthy. However, if it was just for fun — no way I would do it."
"I'm a pretty healthy guy for 79," Fauci added.
Mar 13, 2020 06:54AM exbrnxgrl wrote:
Here is a thread that was started on 3/3 on the virus:
Mar 13, 2020 07:22AM edj3 wrote:
exbrnxgrl I don't participate in that one as it's in the Stage 4 forums, which is off limits for those of us who aren't stage 4.
Mar 13, 2020 07:28AM Yogatyme wrote:
We were supposed to go to see Les Mis last night but decided that since all the Covid 19 cases are in the Raleigh area we would forgo. Hopefully next time....
Mar 13, 2020 07:45AM summerangel wrote:
Here's a site from Johns Hopkins that tracks the number of cases worldwide: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
I'm mainly concerned for my parents, especially my frail 82 year old father with mild COPD.