The information and understanding of COVID-19 changes rapidly. Integrative measures have gained significant interest from the public, but it is important to acknowledge that no supplement or medications have been validated in human trials to be effective to cure or prevent COVID-19. With this pandemic, it is important that physical distancing and proper hygiene practices are the only known protections against COVID-19.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

To help reduce the risk of infection, you should:

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily (or more frequently in high-traffic/public areas).

Since the SARS-CoV-2 virus is known to be spread not just by people who are sick but also those who exhibit no symptoms, there are additional hygienic behaviors everyone should adopt in order to protect others and reduce the risk of spreading this disease:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with the best available mask or face covering when around others and refrain from touching your face, especially nose/eyes/mouth (particularly in settings where you might be exposed to the virus). 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (or cough/sneeze into your elbow if a tissue is not available).

There are many known cases of otherwise healthy people becoming very ill or even dying from COVID-19. Unfortunately a healthy diet and lifestyle is no guarantee that you will be unaffected. But since chronic disease is a known risk factor for COVID-19, we encourage the following habits: eating a variety of flavonoid rich fruits and vegetables and getting adequate sleep. Movement and stress-management are also imperative to good health, as are determinants of health (outside forces such as housing, stress, sleep, food quality, and social structure). 

Those of us privileged enough to be able to work from home can still find it stressful. We can offer tips on staying healthy while abiding by the CDC guidelines. 

  • Creating a designated work area is one way to help. 
  • Keeping a schedule or routine through the day and prepping healthy snacks and meals will help adapt the body and mind to our new normal. 
  • Going on regular walks while maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask as indicated is particularly useful.
  • Being mindful of conference calls and virtual meetings by scheduling breaks in between long hours on electronics. 
  • Invest in a good chair and monitor if possible or stack up books to create an appropriate height for laptop use. 
  • Use headspace apps, white noise machines, or audiobooks to help with sleep. Leave smartphone and electronics charging in the living room or turn it onto airplane mode. 
  • Do things that are enjoyable – starting a new hobby, virtual book club, and regularly stand up to stretch. 
  • Foster activities that give you a sense of meaning or purpose – buying groceries for neighbors whose health may be more vulnerable, volunteering on a help line or other virtual service, etc.
  • Reach out to connect with others. Talking by phone or video can help alleviate loneliness and isolation – both for yourself and the people with whom you chat. We still need each other even as we practice physical distancing.

All of these things are simple ways we can stay healthy during stay-at-home orders. Rather than making blanket recommendations on supplements, botanical medicines, or medications, we strongly encourage seeking the individualized approach that defines the practice of naturopathic medicine. You can reach out to a naturopathic provider to address your specific health concerns.

It is important that medical providers refrain from giving unsubstantiated specific medical advice regarding supplements, botanicals, and medications to the public during this global pandemic. 

(Featured photo by cottonbro from Pexels)

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE: 

There are many tips in this post for how to improve and protect your health. Incorporate as many of them as you are sensibly able. (Some habits will be more difficult to incorporate than others, and trying to adopt too many new practices all at once may be overwhelming. Prioritize reducing your potential exposure to the virus first.)

Share this information with your family and friends, and help us spread the word by sharing this post with your networks.

The information and understanding of COVID-19 changes rapidly. Integrative measures have gained significant interest from the public, but it is important to acknowledge that no supplement or medications have been validated in human trials to be effective to cure or prevent COVID-19. With this pandemic, it is important that physical distancing and proper hygiene practices are the only known protections against COVID-19.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

To help reduce the risk of infection, you should:

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily (or more frequently in high-traffic/public areas).

Since the SARS-CoV-2 virus is known to be spread not just by people who are sick but also those who exhibit no symptoms, there are additional hygienic behaviors everyone should adopt in order to protect others and reduce the risk of spreading this disease:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with the best available mask or face covering when around others and refrain from touching your face, especially nose/eyes/mouth (particularly in settings where you might be exposed to the virus). 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (or cough/sneeze into your elbow if a tissue is not available).

There are many known cases of otherwise healthy people becoming very ill or even dying from COVID-19. Unfortunately a healthy diet and lifestyle is no guarantee that you will be unaffected. But since chronic disease is a known risk factor for COVID-19, we encourage the following habits: eating a variety of flavonoid rich fruits and vegetables and getting adequate sleep. Movement and stress-management are also imperative to good health, as are determinants of health (outside forces such as housing, stress, sleep, food quality, and social structure). 

Those of us privileged enough to be able to work from home can still find it stressful. We can offer tips on staying healthy while abiding by the CDC guidelines. 

  • Creating a designated work area is one way to help. 
  • Keeping a schedule or routine through the day and prepping healthy snacks and meals will help adapt the body and mind to our new normal. 
  • Going on regular walks while maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask as indicated is particularly useful.
  • Being mindful of conference calls and virtual meetings by scheduling breaks in between long hours on electronics. 
  • Invest in a good chair and monitor if possible or stack up books to create an appropriate height for laptop use. 
  • Use headspace apps, white noise machines, or audiobooks to help with sleep. Leave smartphone and electronics charging in the living room or turn it onto airplane mode. 
  • Do things that are enjoyable – starting a new hobby, virtual book club, and regularly stand up to stretch. 
  • Foster activities that give you a sense of meaning or purpose – buying groceries for neighbors whose health may be more vulnerable, volunteering on a help line or other virtual service, etc.
  • Reach out to connect with others. Talking by phone or video can help alleviate loneliness and isolation – both for yourself and the people with whom you chat. We still need each other even as we practice physical distancing.

All of these things are simple ways we can stay healthy during stay-at-home orders. Rather than making blanket recommendations on supplements, botanical medicines, or medications, we strongly encourage seeking the individualized approach that defines the practice of naturopathic medicine. You can reach out to a naturopathic provider to address your specific health concerns.

It is important that medical providers refrain from giving unsubstantiated specific medical advice regarding supplements, botanicals, and medications to the public during this global pandemic. 

(Featured photo by cottonbro from Pexels)

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE: 

There are many tips in this post for how to improve and protect your health. Incorporate as many of them as you are sensibly able. (Some habits will be more difficult to incorporate than others, and trying to adopt too many new practices all at once may be overwhelming. Prioritize reducing your potential exposure to the virus first.)

Share this information with your family and friends, and help us spread the word by sharing this post with your networks.