Now that we’re in a global pandemic and a national emergency in the United States, the question isn’t if we’re going to see an influx in infections, but when. That’s not to say we should panic. There’s enough of that goi paper to keep a military battalion happy. Fear spreads faster and more dangerously than any virus. And much of the hope that people grasp onto is that 80% of cases are going to be mild, with another percentage being a little more severe, and finally a small percentage being fatal.
Now that might be good news for you. The virus might make you feel like crap for a few days and then you might get cabin fever during quarantine, but that’s as bad as it really gets. But what about those who are higher risk? The people over the age of 65 or the people with underlying health conditions. Are we protecting them? Or just thinking about our own survival?
We all know someone who has a health condition. We all know someone who’s over the age of 65. And, naturally, we all know someone over 65 who has a health condition. We don’t want them to suffer, do we? Then we shouldn’t want that for everyone else in the world either. If we’re concerned about that percentage of people, which we should be, then consider the following list of things we can do to be more responsible citizens.
Tips for protecting our high-risk population
The coronavirus will change the way that we live our lives for a short while. Although it challenges the simpler, more convenient things in our lives, it’s for the greater good of the people around us who might suffer from this illness.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more
Hopefully after COVID-19 is said and done, everyone on planet earth will adopt better hand hygiene, but until then, it’s our responsibility to wash them correctly. There is a right and wrong way to do it, so watch this video from the World Health Organization:
Stop touching your face
This is a really hard one because we do it more often than we think we do. It’s natural to want to rest our heads on our hands or scratch our noses or pick our noses. Stop doing these things and you’ll lessen the chance that you or your loved ones will become infected.
Stop going out in crowds
With social distancing, we’re going to have to see each other a lot less. Great news for introverts, I guess. But a major part of keeping our populations safe is not being around them while a virus is spreading like wildfire. If you don’t need to go to a restaurant or a club or a bar for the duration then that’s what has to happen. We’ve all gotta suffer so let’s do this together as a team.
Stop overstocking on essentials
6 bags of toilet paper? How long are we gonna be in this thing? When the shelves are empty of the essentials like toilet paper or sanitizer, we’re not thinking about the more vulnerable population like the elderly. You’ve probably seen images of older people trying to get toilet paper but having to buy something else instead. By all means, buy toilet paper, just not all of it.
If you have symptoms, quarantine yourself
Many of us will get the virus. That’s just the sad facts. But even if the symptoms are mild or non-existent, that DOES NOT mean we should go out and get social. That’s how this thing will spread and infect our more vulnerable populations. Those who will have an easy time with the virus have a responsibility to guard and protect those who will not. The symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
Before going to a hospital or urgent care, be sure to contact them first and take their advisement.
Here’s what the ENT Institute is doing to protect you
Despite the spread of COVID-19, the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute will remain open. Outside of the virus, we still have allergy season and flu season in full swing, so those have to get taken care of.
At the Ear Nose and Throat Institute, we’ve produced and staff tested a chlorine based solution that we call GuardiENT. It is produced by the electrolysis of water (H2O) and salt (NaCL). The generated result is a mildly acidic form of chlorine known as Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) which happens to be the foundation of the human immune system. It is reported that the neutrophils in our blood when activated are estimated to produce over 1 million HOCl molecules per second to fight invading pathogens and infections.
Our HOCl spray solution is essentially the human immune system in a bottle!
The World Health Organization has indicated that all chlorine based disinfectants are appropriate to use to combat this virus which is exactly what Hypochlorous acid is. We’re spraying down our clinics to ensure that the reception areas and patient rooms are sanitized and safe.
We also ask that if you have the following symptoms, you do not come into an ENT Institute clinic, but instead seek the advice of your primary care doctor or a medical professional from a hospital:
- Shortness of breath
Despite the growing concern over coronavirus, allergy season and flu season is in full swing, so don’t hesitate to come to use for same-day treatment! Let our family take care of yours!
For same-day or Saturday appointments, call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page.