Coronavirus testing is providing a fundamental lesson for all of us about how medical lab testing works – there are no tests that are 100 percent accurate.
Let’s take a quick look at what we know about COVID-19. Then I’ll talk about what it means for us all, how we can best support ourselves and our communities, some novel treatments, and some specific techniques for reducing stress and boosting immunity in this incredibly stressful time.
For those physicians called to the hospital front lines, MedCram has a free video series on mechanical ventilation. From MedCram: “We understand that medical professionals (and students) that don’t have significant experience with mechanical ventilation may be called upon to help ventilator management teams in critical care settings. And clinicians with extensive ventilator experience may want a refresher or a tool to aid in teaching mechanical ventilation strategies to other clinicians.” They also have another class on ARDS. Also free.
For those interested, here is the link to Nick Ortner’s page for free tapping meditations for anxiety, stress, and fears around the Coronavirus. You can also check out the science and research.
While working as a psychiatrist at a maximum-security hospital, John Cannell screened his patients for vitamin D and found that all had very low levels.
Test kits for COVID-19 are still scarce. For clinicians looking for potential sources, here are two:
Quercetin is a great flavonoid for many reasons: It’s a known anti-histamine. It’s considered essential in anti-aging protocols.
The nose and sinuses are designed to protect us from viruses using small, finger-like projections called cilia that literally beat back infections. Cilia love humidity; when your sinuses and nasal passages get too dry, the cilia have a hard time doing their job and microbes get stuck in there. This is why pediatricians love humidifiers…
Role of Fat-Soluble Vitamins A and D in the Pathogenesis of Influenza: A New Perspective So here’s a topic I’ve wanted to dive into: the idea that it’s the ratio of D:A (D must be greater than A) for effective influenza tx/prophylaxis (and SARS in this hypothesis)… Vitamin A is essential, but if we dose…
You asked, and we dug into the research to share some background and advice for support in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, written from a pediatrician’s perspective.