COVID-19 Quick Facts
With news reports about the coronavirus (COVID-19) changing so frequently, we understand that many of you may be feeling concerned, confused, and anxious. We want to assure you that Insight Life Care is prepared to keep you informed and safe throughout this outbreak. We are monitoring this evolving pandemic very closely with Dr. Nussbaum completing continuing education courses daily in order to have the most current information and tactics for minimizing the impact of COVID-19.
We will be updating this page daily with information to help you better understand the impact of COVID-19.
Tuesday, March 31st
1. The Latest from Dr. Fauci
Watch this video to hear the latest on COVID-19 from an expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci: Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In short, the peak of cases is perhaps two weeks away, with the next couple of weeks being a critical time in the fight against coronavirus. Dr. Fauci also reiterates that young people are not exempt from catching or spreading COVID-19—everyone must continue following the recommended mitigation strategies.
2. Help Yourself with Meditation
Dr. Nussbaum has been a proponent of mindfulness meditation for many years. During times of stress, it is soothing and extremely helpful for your overall wellness—improving your immune system as well. You can participate in guided meditation online that originates here in Tampa by signing up for free at floridamindfulness.org.
3. Create Wellness Routines
Various tactics help people through long stretches of stress and confinement. Consider setting daily goals, remaining positive in your self-talk, calming yourself deliberately with a few deep breaths in, followed by longer, slow deep breaths out. Doing these exercises will help you feel better day in and day out!
Monday, March 30th
1. COVID-19 Testing
Dr. Nussbaum is scheduled to attend a webinar tomorrow evening concerning the rollout of Sars-CoV-2 testing for medical offices. We will advise you of any pertinent information as soon as possible. Stay tuned and sign up for email updates.
2. Social Distancing Order Extended
President Trump extended the recommended time period for all Americans to continue to avoid nonessential travel, going to work, eating at bars and restaurants, or gathering in groups of more than 10 for at least another month and perhaps until June. This aligns with recommendations by Public Health leaders as surging caseloads were predicted in most metropolitan areas.
3. Protection of Self
Strict social distancing and avoidance of contact with “busy” surfaces such as doorknobs and elevator buttons was again requested in the joint effort to slow transmission of covid-19. If you have been in contact with busy surfaces, make sure to wash your hands with antibacterial soap immediately.
Friday, March 27th
1. Safer At Home
Safer At Home orders have been issued for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Essential business will continue to operate, while non-essential businesses must follow CDC guidelines or close. In Hillsborough County, the order requires residents to stay at home except when they are performing essential tasks and work. The order goes into effect tonight, March 27, at 10p.m.
2. Recommendations from Dr. Fauci
In a recent interview, NIH Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, an outspoken voice of reason and science on the Coronavirus Task Force, made some practical recommendations:
“You don’t want to be obsessive-compulsive about wiping everything down that you go near,” Fauci said, but contaminated doorknobs are “one of the real bad actors.” He suggested an end to handshakes “for a while” and frequent hand washing, plus keeping six feet of social distancing. “The overwhelming proportion” of COVID-19 patients “are the elderly with underlying disease,” like heart or respiratory issues, he added, but young people are far from “invulnerable.”
But even if you never get sick, “you have an almost societal, moral responsibility to protect other people” by not spreading the virus, Fauci said, and in terms of how long people will need to shelter in place, “the virus is the clock.”
Thursday, March 26th
1. At-Home Viral Protection
The Coronavirus may remain contagious for days on surfaces of packages or delivered goods. Disinfect by isolating these to a specific area and wiping them down with cloth or paper towels saturated with disinfectant and placing the cleaned items in an area reserved for only those. Wash hands carefully and then place cleaned items in appropriate areas for use or storage.
Lysol or other ammonia containing household disinfectants can kill virus’. Household bleach works well: use 5 tablespoonfuls to one gallon of water as a dilution for topical use only (do not ingest!).
3. Stay at Home!
Unless absolutely necessary, do not leave home. Maintain social distancing and encourage friends and neighbors to follow these responsible recommendations, as well.
Wednesday, March 25th
1. Digestive Tract Symptoms
Chinese experts have warned that close to half of COVID-19 cases involve diarrhea, loss of appetite and nausea. In some cases, no traces of high fever or respiratory problems were observed. Contact us if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
2. Plasma Infusion
A network of hospitals are planning clinical trials using antibody-rich plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to determine its effect against the virus.
3. Trials Underway
Two multicenter trials are looking at the commonly used BP medication Losartan as a possibly beneficial therapy in hospitalized Covid-19 patients. Note: no one should start this medication unless advised by your MD as it will lower blood pressure and its efficacy towards COVID-19 is unknown.
Tuesday, March 24th
1. COVID-19 Treatment
While there are no specific treatments for the virus yet, promising effects of medications such as Remdesivir, whose manufacturer is expanding availability of the drug, Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine, are being reported. Across the globe, over 143 studies are underway to find therapies Across the globe, over 143 studies are underway to find therapies.
2. Stay Home Orders
Stay-at-home orders were issued today for parts of Miami-Dade and Alachua counties. Governor DeSantis has asked The President for a major disaster declaration for the state. As of yesterday, there were 1,227 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Florida.
3. Social Distancing is Vital
Experience from other countries overwhelmingly supports the need to maintain social distancing to suppress the explosive nature of SARS-Cov-2 despite suggestions from non-medical personnel to the contrary.
4. Testing in Hillsborough County
Residents experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 Coronavirus are encouraged to call (813) 272-5900, Hillsborough County’s main information line. Click here to learn more.
Monday, March 23rd
1. Testing in Hillsborough County
COVID-19 testing remains challenging in Hillsborough County. Places such as LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, and the Public Health Department are reportedly able to do testing in certain centers by appointment and after pre-screening. Tests are also being done in most Emergency Rooms if certain criteria are met, however not all individuals requesting testing have been able to receive one. Individuals concerned about possible exposure or displaying symptoms such as cough, sore throat, fever or difficulty catching their breath should schedule a virtual appointment with us at Insight Life Care for assistance and recommendations.
2. Please Stay Home
Staying at home and social distancing remain the strongest weapon against viral spread. Remember to avoid touching your face or mouth and wash your hands frequently for twenty seconds or more.
3. Practice Mindfulness & Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation may improve your immunity and is calming and relaxing for most who practice. Take advantage of free trials for online apps like Calm or Headspace to help you learn, while staying in place.
Friday, March 20th
1. Treatment Regimens Evolving
Combined regimens of anti-HIV, influenza meds, and anti malarial drugs have shown promise against COVID-19 in some patients. Doctors are sharing treatment protocols that have lead to recoveries when patients are able to get these treatments. Some pharmaceutical companies are trying to ramp up supplies.
2. Shelter in Place and Lockdowns
Some hard hit areas have received shelter in place orders, strictly limiting travel outside homes to essential activities such as medical care or provisioning. Local hospitals and inpatient facilities have stopped most visitation in a further attempt to curtail spread of the virus. There is a possibility of further restrictions here in Florida.
3. We, The People
More and more Americans are realizing and accepting the importance of taking social distancing seriously now, consistently and immediately, and encouraging others, realizing that statements like “The Corona virus is very much under control in The USA” were incorrect. Online and virtual workplaces are flourishing to help one another through the outbreak.
Thursday, March 19th
1. Finding A Cure
While still not approved for widespread use, early indicators suggest Avigan (favipiravir), a Japanese antiviral medication, has good effect against SARS-CoV-2. This is being further studied but shows great promise.
2. Telemedicine Regulations
New regulations are freeing doctors and patients to have visits with audio, video, email and text check-ins and approve therapies and prescriptions that previously required face to face visits. While never a full substitute for a visit in person with a skillful MD, this will limit exposure and transmission of infection.
3. Medical Supplies
USA officials are stimulating the production of additional protective gear badly needed by hospitals and medical staff. Production is ramping up quickly, however non- urgent cases as well as Covid-19 screenings in less acute patients are being curtailed to prevent depleting supplies.
If you’re interested in learning factual, easy to understand information about the coronavirus outbreak, please visit this page daily for updates. You can also sign up for emails to receive COVID-19 updates right in your inbox every day of the week!