The ins and outs of COVID-19

By Sheila Johnson on 9th Jun 2020

As the pandemic situation gradually becomes more stable, we are learning. The facts are slowly revealing themselves, and our world is adjusting. At the same time, there is a lot of confusion as to what is truth and what is fiction. Here are critical information and resources to help you navigate the ins and outs of COVID-19.

Understanding “Underlying”

It’s not unusual to be confused about what underlying health conditions are. It doesn’t mean someone was at death’s door and the virus pushes them over the edge. In fact, they might be quite healthy normally.

Those at risk can have things like high blood pressure or asthma.
Wearing masks is one way to help protect the vulnerable population.
Those at higher risk should be particularly cautious.

What About Vaccines?

The world is racing to develop a vaccine, but it’s not here yet.

A vaccine will take time to create.
COVID-19 is not the flu, so the flu vaccine doesn’t protect you.
Similarly, the pneumonia vaccine doesn’t provide protection from COVID-19.
There are no approved treatments for the virus at this time.

An Ounce of Prevention

The only known “cure” for COVID-19 right now is to avoid catching it. Keep your immune system strong and your home germ-free.

Embrace a lifestyle that promotes your well-being.
Ensure your diet supports your immune system.
You can exercise right at home.
Take steps to eliminate the virus in your house.
Necessities like sanitizer and masks are hard to find, but you can DIY some.
Stress is damaging; some apps can support your mental health.

Supportive Services

Are you looking for ways to make it easier to stay well? Try these services.

You can connect virtually with a therapist.
If going to the store is an ordeal, have groceries delivered to your household.
Cleaning upholstery is a challenge, so hire a professional for the job.
Also consider whether a virtual fitness coach would help you.

Every day we learn more about COVID-19. Knowledge is power, so investigate the information available. And until there is more that can be done, be sure to take care of yourself and your loved ones.


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