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How to handle the Coronavirus: You are more prepared than you think! Hero

How to handle the Coronavirus: You are more prepared than you think!

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The news has been dominated with the Coronavirus – people are afraid and uncertain of what to do, and how to protect themselves and the people around them.

Here is a positive spin on a few steps you can take now to help.  You are more prepared than you think!

Step One:  Increase your socialization (virtually) and understanding!

The first step in protecting yourself from the virus is knowledge over fear.  This virus spreads the same way seasonal flu and colds spread.  Increase your “social media” to practice “physical distancing” (avoiding unnecessary physical contact while increasing your virtual contact) will help avoid transmission of the virus through touch, coughing or sneezing but celebrate your connectiveness to those you love in a society where we are more spread across the globe.  Now is the time to learn how to use Skype or Zoom and other means of communication and socialization.

Step Two:  Wash your hands of worry; embrace your inner youth and new opportunities!

Kids these days act and behave differently.  They’ve taught us the “fist bump” and shown us they are willing to say; “I love you!” via text when they won’t say it on the phone.  Accept this invitation into a new way of sharing intimacy.  Routines like “bath time on facetime” (a routine with my grand-daughter) can become “this is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands” sing-a-longs and a reminder for yourself that soap and water are far more effective than chemicals in keeping you safe from a virus.

Step Three:  Let it be, let it come…  allow others to help!

We are all being told to stay home; avoid public places and people!  But please, don’t just sit and watch TV.  Choose your spots and limit your exposure to the information overload regarding this virus (let it be,) and allow others to help (let it come.)  So much of what you need these days can be brought to you!  And if you are Caring for another don’t be afraid to seek help.  In times like these, learning to trust your fellow man is incredibly valuable as stress, fatigue and pre-occupation make us more vulnerable.  Don’t go this alone!

And here are a few straight forward tips:

  • Traditions like spring cleaning should focus on cleaning surfaces frequently with a household disinfectant.  And yes, avoiding people that are exhibiting symptoms like fever, coughing, sneezing or shortness of breath.
  • Keep in mind that if your or someone does exhibit these symptoms you should be very careful  – it might take 14 days for symptoms to appear and after recovery; there is still risk of exposure for at least a full 72-hours with no symptoms or fever.
  • Rest, avoid unnecessary stress, ask for help, drink plenty of fluids.  Keep an eye on your own health.  Call your doctor first with questions but the following might be an indication to call 911:  difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; sudden confusion or lethargy; bluish lips or skin.

Facts over fear.

Put a positive spin on things!  Practice “physical distancing” not social isolation.  Explore new ways to express intimacy, more love not less contact.  More help, not more pressure or responsibility.

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    As the Vice President of Clinical Services, Janet oversees the organization’s professional development of the nursing team and clinical systems to optimize the quality of care delivered to our residents. She was critical is establishing Hearth Management as a leader in nursing care in the Senior Living and Memory Care industry.

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