Advice during these COVID-19 times

No Medication hoarding

A lot of patients have come to my pharmacy asking for early refills on their medications. Early refills mean that you have at least a week or more supply of medication at home. If you have enough medication at home then the best thing to do would be to only order refills when you have at least 5 days (or less) worth of medication at home. This means you’re only going out when you absolutely need to and are not leaving home to get medication that you have enough of. This avoids unnecessary outings and helps protect the vulnerable from exposures that can be avoided.

Use caution when it comes to vitamin dosing

A lot of patients are wanting to bulk up their immune systems and resort to different combinations of vitamins, minerals and other natural supplements. An example I’ve seen lately is patients asking about supplementing with high doses of Vitamin D because they read somewhere it helps the immune system. Remember that old saying, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

Always consult your doctor or pharmacist. Not everyone benefits from Vitamin D supplementing, especially if you’re a healthy adult and already taking a multivitamin. Vit D is stored in fat tissues and excessive dosing can cause complications.

Adequate use of gloves and face masks

A picture of a man eating chips with gloves made the rounds on social media a few weeks back. This is a typical example of how NOT to use gloves. The reality is that a lot of people are not used to wearing gloves and do not know how to use them properly. Basic tips: your gloves are used to avoid touching with your skin objects that are potentially contaminated. Do not use your gloves to touch your face especially if they have come into contact with potentially contaminated objects. It defeats the purpose of the gloves themselves.

You can find a nice diagram from the CDC showing to take off gloves properly HERE. The idea is to use one gloved hand to take off one, roll it up in the palm of your gloved hand and remove the other. Always wash your hands afterward.

For face masks, the idea is for it to have both your nose and mouth covered. Also, and this one is important, if it’s not clean do not use it! I’ve seen patients with noticeable dirty face masks which tells me they keep reusing them. 

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Water and soap are a person’s best friend

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In the early weeks of COVID 19, hand sanitizer was so hard to find. Now, it’s a little easier to come by. Hand sanitizer is an easy way to disinfect on the go but it does not substitute washing your hands with water and antibacterial soap as soon as you get home or when using a public restroom.

Exercise

Tons of videos of people exercising at home have shown up on social media. It’s the best thing you can do to destress yourself and help improve your mood.

Read a book!

Times like these it’s good to destress. What better time to try something new and read something out of your comfort zone! For me? I’m reading an intro on philosophy.

Has anyone used these times to venture out of your bookish comfort zone?

Disclaimer: This post is intended for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not substitute professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read.

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