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Managing Emotional Stress during the Pandemic

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people, and especially those older than 60. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.   Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include: Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.Changes in sleep or eating patterns.Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.Worsening of chronic health problems.Worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Why some people are more stressed than others about COVID How you respond to the outbreak…

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Is the Coronavirus Airborne? Experts Can’t Agree.

The World Health Organization says the evidence is not compelling, but scientists warn that gathering sufficient data could take years and cost lives. Since early reports revealed that a new coronavirus was spreading rapidly between people, researchers have been trying to pin down whether it can travel through the air. Health officials say the virus is transported only through droplets that are coughed or sneezed out — either directly, or on objects. But some scientists say there is preliminary evidence that airborne transmission — in which the disease spreads in the much smaller particles from exhaled air, known as aerosols…

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Stay Safe

Here is an informative video with grocery shopping tips during the spread of COVID-19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjDuwc9KBps

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On the Lighter Side…

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked-down Welsh town LONDON (AP) — Un-baaaaa-lievable: This wild bunch is completely ignoring rules on social distancing. With humans sheltering indoors to escape the new coronavirus, mountain goats are taking advantage of the peace and space to roam in frisky clumps through the streets of Llandudno, a town in North Wales. Andrew Stuart, a video producer for the Manchester Evening News, has been posting videos of the furry adventurers on his Twitter feed and they are racking up hundreds of thousands of views. He said the goats normally keep largely to themselves, in a country park that…

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Can I Get Reinfected with COVID–19?

In Wuhan China there have been a handful of cases reported including healthcare workers and a physician who tested positive, were sick and then had a negative test only to later be tested again and have a positive test.  It has not been determined whether testing was faulty or this represents reinfection.  Most infectious disease experts feel that reinfection is not possible. Ref: Lancet Viral dynamics in mild and severe cases of COVID-19, March 19, 2020 (20) 30232-2

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Will COVID-19 Stop Spreading?

After the quarantine/isolation/stay-at-home orders stop, will the disease stop spreading? Absolutely not.  There will be second waves of the disease even in countries that have effectively suppressed the first round.  Two of these countries are Taiwan and Singapore who have experienced  previous outbreaks from China, including SARS. They effectively quarantined sick people, isolated and ordered stay-at-home. They shuttered their economies used tracing methods and systematic tracking techniques. These have worked effectively but the virus is still in the general population particularly in asymptomatic infected people. They will spread the disease and symptomatic cases will occur again. This is going to…

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Asymptomatic Infection

In various opinions by epidemiology experts the real number of infections is likely 7-8 times as large.  In a way this is good news, the disease is not as devastating or deadly as the numbers show.  In other words, for eight people who get the infection, seven of them have sub-clinical or mild symptoms and may not be aware that they are sick and only one of these people shows overt disease.  At Oxford, a theoretical epidemiologist has questioned the "Imperial model" of this virus. If this is correct and data from multiple sources support it is likely that the…

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Are the Number of Cases Reported Accurate?

NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT!   I know of patients who are unable to be tested yet clearly had symptoms consistent with moderate infection.  Since they were not sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, IDPH, Illinois Department of Health does not test.  Estimates on asymptomatic, covert disease range from 31 to 60%. APC Bottom line: Everybody around you is a potential source of COVID–19.  We worry about being around those who are sick or show signs of illness.  The reality is three quarters of people who have the COVID–19 disease do not show any symptoms.  Treat everybody as a potential infectious…

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John Hopkins Coronavirus Center

Among the most complete sites for information about spread of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) is the John Hopkins website.  There is a map tracking COVID-19 cases around the world and it is excellent.  See it at: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

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April 4, 2020: COVID-19 Update

We remain open to care for you Our office is open and we continue to care for patients while adhering to the guidelines from the CDC, IDPH and other authorities regarding COVID–19 in this fluid and ever-changing environment. Our office, like all other medical practices, is considered an essential operation, and we will continue to make sure our patients pain management needs are a priority. What we are doing to help you: Our office remains open nearly every day of the week and we continue to respond to all patient phone calls, appointments and procedure needs in our office setting…

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April 2, 2020: COVID–19 Update

At Advanced Pain Consultants, your health and safety are our top priorities. As your healthcare partner, we understand the concern you may feel about COVID-19. We are carefully following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommendations and guidelines to ensure your safety in our facilities. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 requires a global effort, and we all have a role to play. Here’s what Advanced Pain Consultants is doing to keep you — and our greater community — safe: As recommended by the CDC, Advanced Pain Consultants is asking patients to…

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March 27, 2020: COVID–19 Notice for Patients

There is a lot of anxiety and confusion relating the current Covid-19 epidemic. At APC, we are following CDC guidelines for distancing, handwashing, healthcare personal preventive equipment and thorough disinfection. The gold standard for information and guidance is the CDC and the WHO. Containing and minimizing the viral outbreak is accomplished through isolation and minimizing contact. Patients and APC will operate on the following principles: Ongoing Management and Treatment Of Chronic Pain Patients We will continue to treat patients on a 28-30 day cycle through the use of office visits and if required through telemedicine If you have a fever,…

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How to Protect Yourself

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid close contact

Take Steps to Protect Others

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect

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𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Take the time to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
Do you know the greatest threats to men’s health? According to the CDC the top causes of death among adult men in the U.S. are
• heart disease,
• cancer,
• unintentional injuries,
• chronic lower respiratory disease and
• stroke

THE GOOD NEWS - making a few lifestyle changes can significantly lower your risk:
• Don’t smoke. If you do smoke or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution and chemicals, such as those in the workplace.
• Eat a healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit foods high in saturated and trans fats, and foods with added sugar and sodium.
• Maintain a healthy weight. Losing excess pounds — and keeping them off — can lower your risk of heart disease as well as various types of cancer.
• Get moving. Exercise can help you control your weight, lower your risk of heart disease and stroke and possibly lower your risk of certain types of cancer. Choose activities you enjoy, such as tennis, basketball or brisk walking. All physical activity benefits your health.
• Limit alcohol. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. That means up to two drinks a day if you are age 65 or younger and one drink a day if you are older than age 65. The risk of various types of cancer, such as liver cancer, increase with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly. Too much alcohol can also raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
• Manage stress. If you feel constantly on edge or under pressure, your lifestyle habits may suffer — and so might your immune system. Take steps to reduce stress — or learn to deal with stress in healthy ways.
• Stop avoiding the doctor Don’t wait to visit the doctor until something is seriously wrong. Your doctor can be your best ally for maintaining health and preventing disease. Follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations if you have health issues, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. Also, ask your doctor about when to have preventive care such as cancer screenings, vaccinations and other health evaluations.

Understanding health risks is one thing. Taking action to reduce your risks is another. Start by making healthy lifestyle choices. The impact might be greater than you’ll ever know.

𝘐𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘰 𝘊𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘤, 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘦 𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩
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𝗦𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗻
Gardening is great for mind and body health by providing, fresh air, sunshine, exercise and fulfillment. People suffering from joint pain or arthritis should take extra steps to reduce strain on joints:
• Wear gloves and opt for tools with padded handles
• Avoid over-reaching and heavy lifting by using long handled tools and light-weight equipment.
• Use stools, benches, a garden cart and tables to help you avoid bending over and crouching too much.
• Provide cushion to knee joints by using knee pads when kneeling
• Take a few minutes to stand up and stretch from time to time, frequent breaks allow you to get more done and put less strain on joints and muscles.
• Let your larger stronger joints do the work. Use your palm instead of fingers to lift objects, bend at the knees when lifting instead of bending at the hips, using your thighs instead of your back to lift.
• Keep items close to your body as you carry them.
• Stand or sit up straight while you work, and change positions often.
• Water plants using soaker hoses, simple sprinklers on timers or professionally-installed sprinkler systems. If using a hose, select coiled hoses that are lightweight and don’t tangle like traditional garden hoses.
• Mulch and apply weed barriers and borders to reduce the amount of weeding (and watering) required. Use spray-on organic weed killers to eliminate stooping to pull and pry up weeds. Use a long-handled weeding tool when necessary.
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