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July 8, 2020
Joe Brady

Mindful Stress Management Strategies for Coping with COVID

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” comes from an aphorism of the 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Scientists have shown that this idea is indeed built right into our biology. When you stress a bicep muscle by exercising it and then let it rest it grows stronger. Stress a bone properly and it grows stronger. Each time in our lives that we face a difficult challenge and overcome that challenge we grow into stronger more complex people. Stress and anxiety are inescapable right now the coronavirus has disrupted our lives in ways undreamt of even a few months ago. In addition to the disruption to our society, we have legitimate concerns about our own health and the health of loved ones. When stress becomes overwhelming, a great first step to calming the body and mind is to reconnect with the breath. Ancient warrior cultures like the martial arts masters in China and the Samurai in Japan discovered that practicing meditation when you’re feeling overwhelmed can help you get centered, grounded, and so settled you react better to stress from a position of strength, rather than out of anxiety and fear. Read on, for a series of video lectures from Harvard Medical School, Osher Institute for Integrative Medicine, and Ted Talks. We have to live through the pandemic anyway so we might as well use it to grow healthier minds and bodies.

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July 8, 2020
Joe Brady

Community Art Campaign #6feetormasksup

By Jacqui Shumway M.S.

There is a pressing need to change behavior and encourage people to mask up properly. This is crucial behavior that everyone needs to follow yet we cannot make it so onerous that people refuse to follow the recommendations. Getting people to understand when where and why masks are important has been a soapbox issue now for the last 4 months…CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). When you are outside and can maintain a six-foot distance from others, you can drop the mask and breathe. When you go indoors and in situations where you are forced to be too close to others, mask up. The latest research is showing that in indoor locations with poor ventilation the virus may linger longer than originally suspected. Read on to join the latest public education campaign #6feetorMasksUp.

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June 30, 2020
Joe Brady

Physical Activity, Immunity, and COVID-19

Physical activity is known to have a profound impact on the normal functioning of the immune system. Currently, no scientific data exists regarding the effects of exercise on this coronavirus, there is evidence that exercise can protect you from many other viral infections. Having better cardiorespiratory fitness and performing regular moderate physical activity has been shown to improve immune responses to disease states including cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive impairment, and obesity. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has raised a lot of questions regarding how exercise can protect us from infection by boosting immunity. Between the closing of gyms and canceling of exercise classes combined with social isolation can inhibit many critical functions of our immune system. under stress, our T-cells are markedly reduced, as is the ability of certain lymphocytes to recognize and kill cells in our body that have become infected with viruses. Maintaining a healthy immune response is crucial in maintaining our body’s ability to fight off infections in the lungs and elsewhere in the body. Read more and see resources for exercising safely during the pandemic.

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June 30, 2020
Joe Brady

Micro biologist demonstrates just how effective masks can be

For this demonstration, Dr. Davis held agar cultures near his face and sneezed, sang, talked, and coughed at them. For one set, he wore a standard surgical mask, and for the other, he wore no mask.

Check out the video on the masking debate. We are officially living in a Parks and Rec episode.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/andyneuenschwander/microbiologist-mask-bacteria-demonstration

June 23, 2020
Joe Brady

The Power of Masks

Two hairstylists in Springfield, Missouri, tested positive for COVID-19 in late May. Together they had seen 140 customers since the salon reopened. They may have been contagious the whole time. But instead of detecting a cluster of new cases, local public-health had 46 salon customers tested for the virus, not one was positive. The reason is attributed to the universal wearing of masks by both stylists and customers. The science is beginning to back up what many have known for a while, that masks are our most powerful weapon in the fight against COVID-19. 

There is a growing body of evidence that wearing face masks can slow the transmission of coronavirus and can potentially save many lives. One recent study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society in the UK found that even adopting face masks 120 days after the beginning of an outbreak of COVID 100% wearing of masks by the public could completely stop the occurrence of further waves of coronavirus. This study and many others are showing that, when facemasks are used by the public all the time (not just from when symptoms first appear), the effective reproduction number, Re, can be decreased below 1, leading to the mitigation of epidemic spread. In other words, even at this late hour, we can stop the spread of this disease by the widespread adoption of wearing masks even before symptoms begin to show.

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