COVID-19 Update March 25, 2020


Hello Friends, Jim here.

It kinda snuck by us but March 19th was the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring, or Ostara as pagan religions call it. The equinox happens twice a year, in Autumn (the Autumnal Equinox will be on September 22 this year) and in Spring. The equinox is when the Earth is positioned in our journey around the sun such that the amount of daytime and evening is the same. 

The equinox being behind us now, we are on our journey towards the Summer Solstice, the first day of Summer, or Litha. We are on this journey now, and it is a time of awakening and newness. Well, we certainly find ourselves in a new kind of situation with the Covid 19 precautions. 

So we celestially awaken, let’s try some new things (by choice). Read a book you normally wouldn’t, or introduce yourself to meditation. Try writing a letter to your lawmakers to tell them about the things that matter to you the most. Create a Kindness Calendar, or make a decision to be more proactive in your healthcare. 

We are all indoors. It’s like being underground. It’s like we are seeds and bulbs. What will we become when we finally emerge?

Stay well and Stay home,
Jim
 
Solid Sources of Information
THE ALLIANCE OF AGING RESEARCH
https://www.agingresearch.org/common-questions-and-answers-about-covid-19-for-older-adults-and-people-with-chronic-health-conditions/ 

Highlight: 
“WHY ARE OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS AT HIGHER RISK?
Older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness and death. This is because our immune systems grow weaker as we age, which makes it more challenging for older adults to fight off infectious diseases. Chronic diseases are more common with age, can compromise the immune system, and make people more vulnerable to serious complications. Because of the rapid spread of COVID-19, the CDC recently issued a warning for people who are at the highest risk for serious illness* from the virus. It is imperative older adults and others who are at high risk heed the advice of the CDC.”

*It should be noted that MOST of the resources we find point back to the CDC resource https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html 

HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY
https://www.hss.edu/conditions_rheumatic-disease-and-COVID-19-coronavirus.asp

Highlight:
“What are the risks of COVID-19 to people with rheumatic conditions?
People with rheumatic disease may be at greater risk of developing infections and more severe infections, although we don’t know this for sure yet. This is due to the diseases themselves and to the medications used to treat these diseases. This vulnerability can affect people with several rheumatic conditions, including: lupus, myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, undifferentiated connective tissue disease, vasculitis and many others.”
 
Features

Eatright.org has a very straightforward article on how “You may help support your immune system by including these nutrients in your overall eating plan on a regular basis.”

https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/support-your-health-with-nutrition

 

The New York Times has an article (free) about how some supplements people are taking to strengthen their immune system may actually be hurting it. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/well/live/coronavirus-supplements-herbs-vitamins-colds-flu.html

“Someone asked me if they should do a detox juice cleanse and I told them absolutely not,” said Ms. Koff, who is the chief executive of The Better Nutrition Program, which provides nutrition advice to individuals and corporate wellness programs. “Someone else asked me if they should be doing a fast. I told them anything that’s depleting your body of resources right now is going to increase the risk of you getting sick.”

 

The Federal Trade Commission has guidelines on how to avoid Coronavirus scams. Here’s a preview – they’re all scams – there is no cure as of now. 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

 
Reminders

In closing, remember, the most updated information is coming from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html .

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