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Protect Yourself Against COVID-19

Canada has had it’s first COVID-19 death. Italy is in a national lockdown. Hand sanitizer is sold out. Stock markets continue to suffer (it’s been called an “economic pandemic”).

Coronavirus is spreading quickly.

The most at risk for complications and death from COVID-19 are the elderly and immunocompromised. That means, we need to be extra careful with those populations. The vast majority of us would probably manage a coronavirus infection well, with minimal impact.

But it’s still scary.

And fear is contagious.

This will get worse before it gets better. COVID-19 is now firmly in Canada and we haven’t seen the peak of viral transmission yet.

COVID-19 outbreak
Map of the outbreak as of 10 March 2020.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_outbreak

So what can we do to protect ourselves and our families?

Keep bodies & surfaces clean and avoid unnecessary contact with people & things

  • Frequent & thorough hand washing (20 seconds long) & hand drying
  • Social distancing (1 m distance from anyone coughing or sneezing)
  • Sneezing or coughing into bent elbow
  • Minimize touching your face

Make your own hand sanitizer

  • How-To
    • Disclaimer: this is not something I’ve tried. BUT, the WHO has offered a “recipe” for those who want to try to make sanitizer at home. Make sure you’re reaching the target concentrations for active ingredients, like isopropyl alcohol. This ensures that the formula is effective.

Get & Keep Your Immune System Healthy & Resilient

  • Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Immune-boosting herbs, probiotics

From a naturopathic perspective, keeping our immune systems strong is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself against COVID-19. Because there is always a risk of exposure, no matter how hard we try to avoid it (we don’t live in a bubble). So, building up your body’s resilience is key.

This is especially critical if you’re someone who gets sick often (this means your body already has a harder time fighting off viruses).

Personally, I never get sick and I’m still doubling up on my immune boosters!

If you need personal support, book an appointment to see me at Atinama.

OR 

See me from the comfort of your own home via virtual consult (email me at drnatalie@healthandthecity.ca to arrange this).

Dr. Natalie B

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