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unless of course your doctor has suggested that you avoid either of these. According to Dr. Baruch S. Fertel, M.D, director of operations and quality improvement officer for emergency services at
the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, taking either fever reducer is fine to help you feel better, he says. The most important thing is to make sure you’re eating and hydrating during a bout with COVID-19.
John M. Wilkinson, M.D., a family physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, adds, “A higher fever, which doesn’t come down at all, particularly if you are having other worsening symptoms – cough, shortness of breath, chest heaviness, weakness, lightheadedness or dizziness – means you need to be seen by a medical professional.”
It’s also important to note how older people, and those with compromised immune systems (like cancer patients), may not necessarily show a high temperature reading. But if they are sweaty despite feeling chilled, they do need medical care.
Air Purifier – The best way to protect the rest of the household is to isolate the sick person, ideally in a separate bedroom, and have them use a different bathroom, according to the CDC. Keep a few windows open, if possible, to improve ven- tilation and dilute airborne virus particles. To that end, you may want to run a portable air purifier.
While an air purifier cannot kill COVID-19, it may improve airflow, which could help protect the designated caretaker.
Update Technology – Be sure you have the ability to interact utilizing technology so you can stay in contact with loved ones, co-workers, and tele-health resources, as well as have the ability to order the supplies you need. If you’ve been experiencing challenges staying connected during this time, or having a clear connection, now might
be the best time to be proactive and update your technology. It will be valuable even as the commu- nity is opening back up. You may want to update your mobile devices as well.
Testing Availability – There is much discussion regarding the necessity of testing. Governor Whitmer recently signed Executive Order 2020-104, which expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test, and creates a
new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without an advance order, and without charging an out-of- pocket cost to any Michigander. Several of these testing sites have now been offered in Calhoun County. Additional events are being planned to al- low everyone who wants a test to be tested for the COVID-19 virus. These events will be announced through the Calhoun County Joint Information Cen- ter, and on the CCPHD Facebook page at www. facebook.com/CCPublicHealthDepartment.
The Calhoun County Public Health Department asks you to consider the impact your actions have. Eric Pessell, Calhoun County Health Officer, asks residents to remember CDC guidance, and stay vigilant:
• Stay at home unless you need essential items,
like groceries or medications.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for
at least 20 seconds.
• Wear a mask, or other cloth face covering,
whenever you are in a public place.
• Practice social distancing by staying at least six
feet away from people outside your household,
when you are outside your home.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then
throw that in the trash and wash your hands. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects, like door knobs, light switches, and desk items.
State Resources – To find additional testing locations contact the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit www.michigan.gov/ coronavirustest.
The latest information is available at Michigan. gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. A new online dashboard that visually illustrates COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan can be found at MIstartmap.info.
Reopening our community is on the forefront of everyone’s mind – some hoping for it in a positive way, others are fearful of what could happen when we do. Whether COVID-19 is part of our future
or not, we all can be better prepared by taking precautions, working toward strengthening the immune system, reducing risk for infection, and turning toward a healthier diet. All of these can lead to stronger you in the future.
Walk outside, breathe the fresh air, wave at a neighbor, use social distancing, eat right, drink plenty of water, and get moving. We can do this!
Good News Update: Interestingly enough, we are learning new information every day:
• A significant number of individuals experience
no symptoms.
• Some individuals have antibodies that did
not even know they had been positive for the
coronavirus.
• The recovery rate is higher than originally
thought.
• Indirect contact from other surfaces is no longer
considered to be as high a risk.
• A healthy immune system is beneficial for all,
no matter your age.
First and foremost, you do not have to go out just because someone said it is OK.
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