A NOTE TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITY:
OUR CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE
It has become clear that we are entering a potentially challenging few weeks (or perhaps months) for our families and communities as coronavirus spreads in the UK. Leigh and I want to tell you first and foremost that for ourselves and the team at the clinic, supporting you and your families through this time is an absolute priority. We are taking the best advice and constantly staying in touch with official guidelines. We undertake to share these with you as they are relevant for your care. We appreciate that for many we provide essential care so that you can function and continue to live in a healthy and pain-free way. We are working hard to ensure that we can support you however the situation develops and will continue as long as it is practicable and safe to do so.
Ideally, you want the active form, retinol (found in animal products), not the precursor to retinol, beta carotene which is the plant form and not active from an immune system point of view.
The WHO recommends high dose vitamin A for measles in children, so we can use a short sharp burst, 2-3 days at up to 200,000 iu for adults, usually of retinol to help our immune system with viruses.
This helps the immune system generate hydrogen peroxide which can kill off the viruses. It is water-soluble, so in and out of the system quick, so if infected maintain a dose every hour 500-1000mg to bowel tolerance (too much acts as a laxative). Liposomal is best but hard to buy now and way more expensive.
This is well known to most for immunity, but it has specifically been shown to help with coronaviruses previously. The zinc diffuses in air passages and inhibits virus replication.
Vicks First Defence and iota-carrageenan sprays have been shown to have some effects to help in viral infection. For younger ones there is saline spray which should help keep mucous membranes moist and although not research backed should help and certainly wont harm!
1). Our practitioners are using Clinell wipes to wipe down our benches as per usual between every patient encounter. We are also wiping down after use all equipment and surfaces and door handles.
As always, our practitioners thoroughly wash their hands between each session. We have hand washing advice at each sink in addition to using antibacterial soap and single use paper towels to dry.
We have alcohol hand sanitiser on our reception desks for anyone to use. As there is a current shortage of gel, where a pre-made brand could not be bought all ingredients will be listed in clinic for your advice.
Our gowns and towels are machine washed after single use with Dettol antibacterial washing agent.
All staff have been issued with re-useable face masks which can be used at patient and/or practitioner discretion.
Our staff are all undertaking Government advice regarding the recommended management of Coronavirus symptoms and the care of at risk individuals.
2). Prevent catching and spreading coronavirus:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 second
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
3). Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
5). Boosting your own immune system.
Please note this list is not comprehensive but a good place to start!
1. Eat a wide variety of fresh foods and lots of fruit and vegetables. Home-made soups are a great way to get vitamins and minerals into our systems (and those of our children and elderly relatives). If you can’t get fruit and vegetables, supplement with Vitamin C and D in particular to help boost your immune system. Help your gut to stay healthy with kefir products and dietary fibre.
2. Avoid highly processed foods especially those with added sugar which are pro-inflammatory (these act against your immune system)
3. Get enough rest, particularly as good-quality sleep (eg 6-8 hours a night for adults) is key for immune health and recovery.
4. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water regularly throughout the day.
5. Drink alcohol in moderation and reduce or stop smoking.
Vitamin Supplementation to Consider;
There is a theory that the reason we have winter flu epidemics is because of the drop in vitamin D during the winter from a lack of UVB.
It is well established that vitamin D plays a critical role in the immune system function and especially for respiratory infections. 5000 iu/125 mcg is enough for most adults unless obese in which case you need to up the dose, 2-3000iu for 3 stones, for 5 stones and more add another 5000iu.