As a physician who has treated acute and chronic viral illnesses for the past 30 years, I believe I have useful experience to help you and your loved ones avoid becoming infected during the current Covid-19 viral epidemic.
First of all, let’s take a deep breath. Eight out of ten individuals who become infected with the coronavirus will only have mild flu-like symptoms. Individuals at greatest risk for more serious symptoms are cigarette smokers, seniors and people with underlying medical conditions including immune deficiency conditions.
My 5 Tips for Avoiding the Coronavirus
1. Social Distancing
- Keep your distance, that is 2-3 feet from people you know and 15-20 feet from people who are coughing or appear ill
- Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging people who aren’t well-known to you
- Use the ‘Coronavirus Greeting’ of touching elbows, instead of shaking hands
2. Hand Washing
- Wash your hands frequently – at least 5 times a day - especially after touching public surfaces
- Wash your hands for double the usual amount of time
- Use hot water and plenty of soap
- Use paper towels instead of air dryers
- Get in the habit of using the paper towel to open the bathroom door upon leaving a public rest room
3. Avoid Touching Your Face
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Use your forearm to touch your face
- Avoid touching your eyes and your nose
- Make use of sanitizing hand wipes whenever available
4. Avoid Crowded Places and Public Surfaces
- Consider limiting activities that pack a lot of people into a small space (i.e. subway trains, airplanes, etc.)
- Limit international travel until we have more information
- Carry a supply of disinfectant wipes in a plastic bag or other dispenser
- Consider using an N95 mask when in a crowded public place. While not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t become ill, some studies show that wearing a facemask offers a five-fold level of protection versus no barrier alone.
- Carry an extra mask to offer to anyone near you who is coughing or sneezing
- If you touch a public surface that has not been disinfected, wash your hands
5. Keep Your Resistance High
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat sensibly and drink moderately
- Take a clinically tested immune support formula such as K-PAX Immune (www.KPAXvitamins.com) which I developed during my 30 years of treating people with serious viral illnesses. K-PAX Immune contains high dosages of N-acetyl cysteine, alpha lipoic acid and other antioxidants that help keep the immune system strong. Take one dose (4 tablets) daily and twice daily when under stress or while traveling.
Once again, if you are a person who is at high risk for developing a more serious infection – smokers, seniors and people with underlying medical conditions – start distancing yourself from high risk situations including social gatherings, movies, plays, concerts and travel. Within the next month or two, we will have much more information upon which to base future decisions.
Please forward this list of health tips to your friends and family. You have my permission to post this list.
Be patient, be proactive and be safe.
Keep Hope Alive!
Jon D. Kaiser, M.D.