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 Reopening
 with Safety
Optimism
BY SHERII SHERBAN
AND
The world may be working toward re-opening, but vigilance against the coronavirus is still crucial, especially for our seniors. Governor Whitmer’s recently signed Executive Order 2020-110, which rescinded her Safer at Home order and moved
the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan. By the time you read this I suspect many of you will have been out to dinner or have visited
a newly-reopened retail store. (Personally, I hope that restaurants will continue their curbside services.)
There are still many programs that are serving those that choose to stay home or are homebound in our community. But if you are like many, you are truly aching to get out, see family members not living with you, visit with friends, or simply go out to eat.
Whether you’re concerned about COVID-19, or any other infection, consider taking steps to reduce your risk.
• Be aware of current risk factors, including other
chronic conditions. Be sure you are getting appropriate care for those conditions. Nearly all those diagnosed with COVID-19 have additional health issues.
• Reduce your exposure to infection.
• Boost your immune system. Eat right; drink
plenty of water; get moving; laugh.
• Identify symptoms that you are experiencing,
not just COVID-related, but also any symp- toms that are unusual for you such as slurred speech, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, dizziness, lightheadedness, mood changes, challenges in memory, and more. If you’re not ready to go out just yet call your doctor but
also make note of your symptoms. Realize that
you may be directed to call 9-1-1 as well as to re-evaluate how symptoms are doing over time. Better? Worse? How? No change? Remember allergy season is just getting started.
• Take appropriate care when you experi-
ence symptoms such as those identified for COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness
of breath, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell.
Moving beyond awareness to prepared- ness. Your personal situation might be different from others and will impact the items you’ll want to have on hand. However, having the following items can be helpful: masks, disposable gloves, hand soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant and other sanitizing supplies, cleaning tools, thermometer, as well as fever reducer or pain reliever. Some may want to consider an air purifier and even technolo- gy enhancements.
Masks and Gloves – By now, we’ve all re- ceived the memo about wearing face coverings or masks in public to safely interact. This, along with social distancing, is a great place to start. Gloves can be helpful, too, when touching communal things like gas pumps or ATM machines – as long as you promptly and appropriately remove and then safely discard contaminated gloves before you touch other surfaces, or worse, your own face. Washing your hands is even more important as well as having hand sanitizer available when hand washing is not an immediate option.
Remember, we all wear a face mask pri- marily for others’ protection especially because the number of individuals without symptoms is
unknown. It is important to also note that there is added protection in both directions when you and an individual you come into contact with is also wearing a mask.
If you are caring for a sick family member protection is important for both of you. Limit direct contact, don’t share household items, and frequently wipe all surfaces with a disinfectant. Protective gear, hand soap, and cleaning tools are our new best friends.
Thermometer to Check Temperature –
There are easy-to-use digital thermometers nowadays as well as the traditional thermometer that you might stick under your tongue. All kinds can help you identify whether you are experienc- ing a temperature. The goal is for a temperature around the average of 98.6°F but not more than 100.4°F/38°C or higher, according to the CDC. If you take your temperature daily, do so at approxi- mately the same time. Temperature naturally rises and falls at different times of the day.
The body temperature of a healthy person varies during the day by about 0.9°F (0.5°C) with lower temperatures in the morning and higher temperatures in the late afternoon and evening, as the body›s needs and activities change. Taking your temperature at approximately the same time every day can help account for activity- related changes as well as identify what normal is for you. Normal is 97.7–99.5°F (36.5–37.5°C).
Fever Reducer / Pain Reliever – If it safe for you, there is nothing wrong with taking acetamin- ophen and ibuprofen as directed when needed,
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