With the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic expanding in our area, it’s important to both know the signs of infection, as well as ways to boost your immunity. Because specific recommendations vary as we learn more about the infection, stay up to date on the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and locally at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC).
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
While there appears to be evidence of a variety of symptoms that mimic the seasonal flu, such as runny nose, aches and pains, sore throat, and occasionally loss of smell or taste, there are three main symptoms to watch for:
- Fever – 100.8 or higher
- Shortness of breath
These symptoms may appear anytime within 2-14 days after your exposure to the virus. If you have any of these issues, begin self-isolation, and call your medical provider for guidance.
However, there are a few emergency warning signs where you should seek immediate medical attention:
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
There is currently no cure and no vaccine for COVID-19. Your best medicine is prevention. Most of the country finds themselves under “stay at home” orders, meaning unless you’re going out for essential goods and services, you should remain secluded at home. However, there are times when you need to go out – to the grocery store, pharmacy, or other essential service. In those cases, you can protect yourself by:
- Maintain 6 feet of distance between you and the next person
- Avoid groups of more than 3
- Frequent hand washing
- Use hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t available
- Don’t touch your face, mouth, or eyes
- Wear cloth face coverings if you are a high-risk person, or in a hotspot
In additon to staying home, you can use certain supplements to boost your immunity. This not a replacement for medical care, please check with your doctor before beginning any supplement regimen.
These supplements may help give you an immune boost:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D*
- Zinc Acetate oral lozenges
- Digestive Enzymes*
*Our office offers supplements from Optimal Health Systems that are formulated for optimum absorption, please contact us for details.
In addition, the three biggest things you can do to protect yourself are:
- Get plenty of sleep to rest and heal
- Decrease or eliminate processed foods
- Reduce sugars to 50 grams or less per day
These last three items are good at any time, not just during a pandemic, or seasonal flu season. They will help increase your overall wellness! For additional resources, you can check out the Anderson County, SC Emergency Management page for a one-stop location for COVID-19 updates in our area.
Be safe, be well!