1) Read below for thoughts on the virus
2) Keep reading for how to keep yourself safe and what our office is doing
3) Have a sense of humor, but try to avoid panic mode (see photo)
COVID 19, is the newest virus to scourge the world. Can it be a gift to humanity?
The virus that wakes us up. We had HIV, Ebola, SARS and West Nile. However, with each of these prior plagues we were able to cordon them off and they only affected a segment of the population. We, as a global populace, didn’t recognize in the face of these prior infections that all humans really are one. During those epidemics, we distinguished gay and drug user from the routine population and third vs first world. It is 2020, a year of clarity and perfect vision. With today’s CORONA COVID 19, we are seeing that with globalization of our world and jet travel, there is a true interconnectedness. We can no longer separate us vs them. We are all one. And We must work together as ONE human community.
We are an animal species, no better or worse than the cockroaches, the fly or the extinct dinosaurs. We live in an intricate ecosystem that is on the precipice of breaking down.
We all breathe the same air and therefore my air is your air.
We all share the risk, even as the elderly and infirm will suffer the most.
It is not a time to demonize China or Italy or any other country on the planet. It is a time to work together. We must work to not look for scapegoats or look to blame others. This has markedly affected our economy and will likely continue to do so. We must work together to survive and help our neighbors who will be massively affected by the slowdown. To minimize the rapidity of the spread of this virus, we must all do our best to practice handwashing and social distancing.
We must look to history to understand the lessons. Passover and Easter are next month. Passover is the story of the Exodus out of Egypt. It was a time when a people threw off the tyranny of slavery and emerged as a new nation celebrating equality for all. The USA was born after the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution: again, a new young nation threw off the tyranny of power by the king and proclaimed a new nation by and for the people. Perhaps now is the time to recognize that today we are slaves to the modern world. We glorify work, career advancement, money, profit above people, the large corporations consider human capital a commodity, the agribusiness corporations value their business above caring for the earth, caring for animal welfare, and caring to deliver a food product that is truly a healthy food. GDP is our number one measure of the economy rather than human health and wellbeing. As a species, we have more mental illness, more chronic illness and cancer rates are rising, even among younger patients. The youth of today may be the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Perhaps this quarantine will remind us that work is a vital part of life but cannot be the center of our life. Perhaps it will remind us that as a society we all have to work together: the C suites depend on the labor in the factories. IF we want to eat, we need farmers to farm and workers to harvest the food. If we want our economy to function, human capital needs to participate and remain healthy. If we are forced to spend more time at home, we will once again remember that friends, family, connection, being neighborly and practicing love, kindness and compassion are the things that are truly important during our time on this planet. If we are forced to change our ways, perhaps we will slow down and think and breathe and celebrate time, space, life and freedom.
Perhaps the planet was asking for a rest day, a shabbat.
What we are doing to help you
1)If you are not feeling well, speak with a team member and we will discuss where it is best that you be seen and or tested for the virus… Remember the virus seems to present with a fever and sore throat as well as LOWER respiratory symptoms such as a cough.
2) If you have traveled outside the country, or even around this country, especially to areas that have been hit with the virus, we ask that you stay at home and self quarantine yourself.
3)For our patients needing ultrasounds or scans or other procedures, we will be open for business and we will be wearing masks to protect ourselves as well as you.
4) If you are well and are a new patient or you are coming in to discuss results or issues, consider if you want to do your consult via tele-medicine or phone and then reschedule the exam part of your visit to limit time around others in the office. Call the office for the telemedicne link.
5) If you have a problem visit and are in our office, we will try to put you in an exam room quickly to minimize people congregating in the waiting room.
6) We may try to stagger office hours, and have extended hours to minimize simultaneous patient numbers in the office.
7) Some of you may be avoiding gyms due to social distancing, remember that we have an elliptical and an exercise bike and TRX straps in the office for you to use should you desire a short workout–we will provide wipes to clean them between uses. We also have meditation cushions and DeLeon is around providing massages–chair or table.
8) It is critical that you try to stay calm and stay healthy.We suggest the following: a)eat your fruits and vegetables, spice them with spices for flavor because they have anti-viral properties b) take a walk outside in nature–this is calming to the nervous system c) move your body daily–this keeps it stronger and also alleviates anxiety d) Laugh– watch a funny movie to boost your immune system e)try meditation daily, this may keep you centered and focused on the present moment– sit for 10 minutes and try to gently focus on your breath going in and out, expect your mind to wander and when you notice it has wandered gently bring it back to the breath and remind yourself, I am breathing, I am okay. f) Also if you notice anxiety or heart palpitations during the day or a jittery stomach or a clenched jaw.. stop and notice the sensation then focus on the breath: breathe in through the nose for a count of 4, hold the breath for a count of 7 and exhale through the mouth for a count of 8–repeat a total of 4 times.
9) Tune in to our facebook live on Wednesday, we will be discussing SELF CARE–this is critical during this time of uncertainty.
10) Wash your hands, Wash your hands, Wash your hands–soap and water, 20 seconds ( sing happy birthday twice) and Avoid touching your face. Elbow bumps rather than hugs and kisses and high fives.