Caution and Clarity

March 23, 2020 Joe Brady

Apologies for sending excessive emails, but we are trying our best to provide the best and most accurate information we can find. To clarify a few things about our last post and to provide some caution and clarity observations from Dr. Kathryn Hallsten, MD.

The self-checker was never intended to be a substitute for the social distancing, proper hygiene, or physician’s advice. The Coronavirus self-checker is from the CDC’s own website. The self-checker disclaimer states: “This system does not replace the judgment of healthcare professionals or the performance of any clinical assessment.”

Note that Jacqui had compiled a better way to say this on 3/12/20 and our computer (or possibly us) posted a working draft instead of our current recommendations.

Here you go, and DO forward this to friends and family!

Updated 3/12/20  LYLI, Barefoot Doctors’ Journal

These are good practices every day, but cannot make-up for reducing exposure and hand-washing.

1. WATER~ Don’t wait until you are ill, but especially if you do feel ill you should drink lots of fluids, and most importantly wash your hands often.

2. BREATHE~ Do every morning (we call Chi Breathing.) Best if done in an environment with clean air. 

Fully empty your lungs, relax your diaphragm, take a deep breath for as long as you can, hold for 3 seconds then breathe out as slowly as possible. You should complete this successfully without coughing, discomfort, stuffiness or tightness.

If you notice any difficulty breathing call your doctor and seek medical advice.

Note that if your breathing is fine you may still be carrying the virus so follow all the recommendations for social distancing.

CDC’S recommendation is that if you are having any difficulty breathing, you should call your doctor.

3. REDUCE ANXIETY~ Hopefully, these practices will do just that.

~ Please share this with family & friends. 

Call me, Jacqui Shumway, if you need to talk. 303-725-7482

Commentary and resources from Dr. Kathryn Hallsten, MD 

“This is not a time for false security or comfort.”

Hi–The truth is in the absence of testing, one CANNOT know if he/she is infected for sure.  This is why giving false information is harmful.  Some people who are shedding virus have NO symptoms.  80% have mild symptoms like a cold.  This is why social distancing is CRITICAL.    Symptoms are NOT a good indicator of who has the virus and who does not.  Right now we do not have enough tests to test everyone so EVERYONE must social distance to stem the spread of this virus.  I have attached slides from a talk given at Stanford that has a chart with symptoms comparing flu, colds, and COVID-19. Again, this is why accurate information is so important.  This is a Stanford website with accurate information.  Right now, we have NO proven treatments and the ONLY way to seriously affect the spread of this disease is for people to stay home and stay away from others by at least 6 feet.  Also attached are the basics of our health department.  In California, we are currently under lock-down.  All but essential businesses are closed and social gatherings are not allowed. 

Given that you have a readership, please give people reliable information…This is not a time for false security or comfort.  It is a time for people to take seriously the mandate to social distance, use personal hygiene, wash hands frequently and keep hands away from the face, wipe down shared surfaces with Clorox wipes or bleach (1 cup bleach to 1-gallon water).  Stay safe and informed!  Take care, Kathy

Some Useful Links links from Dr. Hallsten  or the CDC 

Another link to information at Stanford that has the email disclaimer…

Symptoms of COVID-19

What to do if you suspect you have COVID-19 disease 

Dr. Hallsten’s Advice on the CDC’s “Self-checker”

 I checked out the “self-checker” and it would be more efficient if you had symptoms to check your temperature…

If you do NOT have a fever or shortness of breath, stay at home and self-isolate and rest, drink fluids.  

If you have fever >100 and/or any shortness of breath, call your local health professional for instructions.  

Many places have drive through testing and depending on the level of acuity, have different protocols.  If you do not have a local clinic or doctor, the self-checker MIGHT tell you where to call, but you can also find that on the internet…When I tried the self-checker it did not work and [I did not get past the question] “Are you ill?”, so I do not think the self checker is necessary or useful…

How to fight the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, CoVID-19 

slides from a talk given at Stanford that has a chart with symptoms comparing flu, colds and COVID-19