The Coronavirus Pandemic declared by World Health Organization 3-11-2020
INDIANA: Cases are increasing, and a local Indianapolis immunocompromised older person is now hospitalized with no known exposure (no travel and no contacts who have traveled or been exposed, so the coronavirus is now out in our community.)
Symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, and often headache, sore throat, and can have diarrhea.
What to do if you feel you have symptoms or been exposed: Please message us in our portal or call our office at 317-660-0888. Please do not come into our office or make an in-person appointment. For our HopeCare patients, we will make a phone visit (as this is one of your many benefits, along with 2 children covered at no additional cost up to age 26). For our other patients, we can arrange a short phone visit with one of our providers for a set fee. If you cannot afford this or need after hours care, then IU has a free app to screen patients. Currently, you can only be tested at hospitals.
What we are recommending: N Acetyl Cysteine Please message or call our office today or tomorrow for you want to order NAC and how many, as we just placed an order for 250 bottles and know these will go fast. Get some for elderly or immune deficient loved ones! Read more tips at Cold, Flu, & Virus Season 2020.
Why the pandemic? This is a novel virus, and no one has been exposed before. Therefore many more people will get infected and sick, which can severely overstress healthcare systems (some hospitals in Italy are having to decide who they will put on a ventilator and who they will decide to let suffer, since the hospitals don’t have enough ventilators for those who need them). Also, it appears to be more contagious, and an infected person can transmit the virus even 20 days after getting well (and 1 day before onset of symptoms).
What to do? Avoid unnecessary travel or exposure to large groups of people or close contact. If you have symptoms or been exposed to someone or someplace with the coronavirus, stay away from crowds of people, contact us, and wear a mask when around anyone.
Risk of death: appears no different than usual influenza (which is 0.2%, and means 2 in every 1000 cases), and people most at risk are elderly (over 65), immunocompromised, and those with known heart disease.
Be kind & Help Others! In this novel situation in over a century, I am thankful for the outstanding service during the great flu epidemic of 1918 by my grandmother Bessie Ruth Fortnam Wolf (born 1892 in Wichita Kansas & attended Friends University, died 1945 of breast cancer). In my Dad’s words, “Mom would drive around the neighborhood with the horse and buggy checking on neighbors. Sometimes she would find the entire family sick in bed. She would help them with what they needed and bring them food and supplies. She was blessed to never get the flu. Also, she volunteered and served as the Civil Defense Coordinator for New Haven during World War 2.”
What are we doing differently at Excell? Excell For Life has always taken patient and staff safety very seriously so many years ago installed special UV lighting and filtration into our heating and air conditioning ventilation systems. On Monday 3/16 we will be making a sizable investment to upgrade to the latest filtration technology designed to protect against virtually every known pathogen and airborne parasite. The Reme Halo neutralizes contaminants in the air by sending invisible advanced oxidants through the air. According to a study conducted by Kansas State University this system will kill 99% of sneeze germs within 3 ft of the person sneezing. Zinc Ion kills 99% of viruses on surfaces.