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Level 4 Lockdown Information

Auckland Integrative Medical Centre

The Doctors are open and seeing patients however to avoid unnecessary contact please stay in your car on arrival and call reception on 09 630 0067 to tell them that you have arrived.

Do not come into reception.

Osteopaths & Acupuncturists

Will not be operating under level 4.

Naturopaths, Hypnotherapists, Homeopathy

Will be operating virtually.

Preparing and protecting yourself from the Covid-19 corona virus

by Dr Jan Raymond, Auckland Integrative Medical Centre at Mother-Well.

Every year we coach some of you to build a strong immune system for Winter Wellness. With the Covid-19 corona virus outbreak, we have even more reason to live in ways that strengthen our immune systems.

Since Covid-19 corona virus infection has no specific drug/anti-viral treatment,  prevention is even more important.  We can prevent becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 corona virus in two ways:

  1. Protect yourself from contact with (someone infected with) the Covid-19 virus.
  2. Strengthen your immune  system with a  ‘ Wellness’   lifestyle.

Protecting yourself from contact with (someone infected with) the Covid-19 virus.

Since the virus is spread from water droplets from the nose and  mouth as  well as from contact with faeces,  basic hygiene is paramount.  That means hand washing after going to the toilet, handwashing before  preparing or eating food, handwashing after out in contact in public places  (supermarket, shops etc).

Handwashing, handwashing, handwashing!

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap &water  for 20 -30 seconds..(while you sing your favorite song or say your favourite blessing or prayer or gratitude expression.

For further information on hygiene and other precautions such as travelling, or  contact with travellers, please visit the NZ government website:

health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

or  phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number, 0800 358 5453, which is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Strengthen your immune system with a Winter Wellness lifestyle.

The “Winter Wellness” post lists the simple lifestyle and interventions proven to increase your ability to fight any infections including viruses such Influenza  and Covid-19.

Remember  that over hundreds of thousands of years of  evolution our immune system  has developed sophisticated complex processes to fight viruses (the intricacies of which we still are discovering) .

In most people, Covid-19 is a minor cold-like illness. It is elderly people who have existing diabetes, heart, respiratory and other significant diseases that are vulnerable. (Also 71% are men) The mortality rate ( John Hopkins ) currently is around 2%  but  as of February 11 and the mortality rate outside China is much lower (0.4%; 2/464) [1]. The mortality rates of SARS ( which we had in 2002) were much higher 9.5%.

  • Remain calm!  Prepare yourself, trust and support your body’s highly developed innate intelligence.  The media uses sensationalism and fear to sell its news and is and will have a hay day selling the frightening aspects of  Covid-19 story as it unfolds.  Humans have evolved the “negativity bias”  which means we are  much more drawn to and remember the bad things that could  threaten our  health much more than “good news”. But ongoing chronic worry actually lowers your immune function.  It’s not just the ‘stress’ but our response to stress that counts.
  • Now is the time to get out in the remainder summer sun to have your body stock up on Vitamin D …expose as much surface area of skin to the sun for shorter periods before burning….while exercising (walking, cycling etc) is ideal .   If you have dark skin then it would be best to start vitamin D supplement from April onwards  2000 IU daily or the prescription of 50,000 IU fortnightly.
  • Now is the time to do the other immune supportive ways of living as noted on the Winter Wellness post.

 

For patients with possible Covid-19 corona virus contact and/or illness. Please, if you need an urgent medical appointment:

When you arrive at the clinic please stay in your car and text the receptionist of your arrival.  Remain in your car and preferably wear a surgical mask.  If you do not have a mask we can provide you one (@ cost $1.00) before entering the clinic.

The nurse or doctor will come out to your car and escort you into a special room for your consultation. You will then be escorted back to your car and you will need to pay for the consultation either online  or post in a cheque. This is to protect other people at reception,  waiting room etc.

Following these instructions and protecting yourself and your family and friends can mean that the effects of the Covid-19 coronavirus remain limited, and you continue your good health!

Warm regards,

Jan Raymond, Auckland integrative Medical Centre

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The WHO recommendations to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus are common-sense recommendations which are applicable to viruses such as influenza, and especially apply to people travelling or working in healthcare.include:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with a tissue or flexed elbow. Avoid coughing into your hands. Throw the tissue into a closed bin
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who display cold and flu-like symptoms
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. A face mask may help you to remember to not touch your face
  • Stay at home when you are sick, unless you need urgent medical attention. You may be increasing your possible exposures to COVID-19 if you don’t have it, or exposing others unnecessarily if you do.
  • Avoid travel if you have a fever or a cough
  • Avoid travel if you are immunocompromised or have a chronic illness, or if you are regularly in close contact with individuals with such conditions
  • If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early, and share your travel history with your health care provider; let your doctor know before you present to their clinic that you have respiratory symptoms so that you are not kept waiting with other patients
  • If you feel unwell during your travels, notify your travel crew
  • Eat only well-cooked food while travelling