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  1. 3 points
    KatieB

    COVID 19 shopping

    HI Folks. As someone who is immune compromised and on a clinical trial- I am a big germaphobe !! That said, we need to temper the hype and panic with the actual facts. I travel across the country for my job (that's not stopping) and I just try to remain vigilant during this time of year to keep healthy! If you're feeling ill or worried about going into crowds where others may be ill, do your shopping during slow peaks and buy in bulk so that you limit your time around crowds and potential illness. Experts recommend practicing the same safety advice we have been given during flu-season. So, what should we do? Members of LUNGevity’s Scientific Advisory Board recommend basic public health measures such as staying home when ill, handwashing with soap and water (or using a hand sanitizer), and respiratory etiquette including covering the mouth and nose during sneezing and coughing. If you feel any flu-like symptoms, please visit your healthcare provider. While the risk of contracting the virus remains low within the United States, everyone is advised to exercise judgement when making travel plans. Please check with your doctor before making international travel plans. Even though the chances of a local outbreak remain low, the CDC urges everyone to take precautions against potentially contracting the new virus: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask: CDC does not recommend that people who aren’t sick wear facemasks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Here's a great article I read when I was on the airplane: xoxo KatieB
  2. 2 points
    Terry S

    Surgery March 12

    Hi Lynda: I had VATS surgery on December 16th, 2019 and had my lower left lobe out, and 21 lymph nodes (all found to be clear; node was Stage1a). Strange to say, but I wasn't afraid of the surgery--just wanted it out of me. I was in the hospital from Monday to Thursday. I took one pain med and two Motrin on Friday and again on Saturday and then that was it. I was a bit uncomfortable, but not in pain. I agree about taking laxatives....they didn't do that at the hospital for the first 2 days, and i ended up with a problem on Thursday. As you'll be on your own for the most part, you may want to sleep in a recliner. I needed help getting out of bed the first 3 or 4 days. I was lucky that my husband took very good care of me. I work in an office and was able to go back to work 3 weeks later. I know everyone's journey is different, but just wanted to let you know that 2 mos later, I don't feel any different than i did before, except for a tightness (not painful) when i sneeze. I wish you all the best and hope you can relax a bit. I wish I had known about this group before i had surgery! It's great you'll have some insight prior to your surgery. All the best, Terry
  3. 1 point
    LUNGevityKristin

    COVID 19 shopping

    Members of LUNGevity’s Scientific Advisory Board recommend basic public health measures such as staying home when ill, handwashing with soap and water (or using a hand sanitizer), and respiratory etiquette including covering the mouth and nose during sneezing and coughing. If you feel any flu-like symptoms, please visit your healthcare provider. While the risk of contracting the virus remains low within the United States, everyone is advised to exercise judgement when making travel plans. Please check with your doctor before making international travel plans.
  4. 1 point
    Rower Michelle

    COVID 19 shopping

    There’s wall to wall media coverage on this stuff, driving me a little crazy. My cousin is getting married in San Diego this summer (the baby of the family), last night my Dad called to tell me not to go. We just started a clean out some junk project around the house where we discovered a mystery box that didn’t get unpacked when we moved here 10 years ago. I just wanted to pitch it but hubby wanted to look inside. It was our emergency supply of canned goods (Spam) from Y2K! How that sucker made it through three moves I will never know. We tend to buy in bulk ever since living in Florida for hurricane preparedness, now tornadoes just in case. I think we’re covered. Kansas City is often considered the “fly over” city. I’m hoping this crisis does the same.
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