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Posts tagged “coronavirus protection”

How Effective are DIY Cloth Face Masks? | Doctor Explains COVID-19 Protection

Should we still be wearing masks amidst the Covid-19 outbreak and how effective home-made masks? In this episode we dig into the studies and discuss the current guidelines on wearing masks.

COMPANION VIDEOS

How to Protect Yourself With A Mask: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

How Medical Centres Protect You: https://youtu.be/VGmEL0FvH9U

Coronavirus Q&A: https://youtu.be/hCucUd5KeJo

Working in Chinatown: https://youtu.be/e1F0EyiR7eQ

Finding a P2 Mask Vlog: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

REFERENCES

Face Mask Efficacy and Avian Flu Protection:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jmv.25805

Respiratory Diseases in Saudi Women: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11515979

CDC Cloth Face Mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

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I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally | Doctor Explains Vitamins and Minerals

Simply put, the immune system is a system that gives you immunity against bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites. One of the main components of your immune system is network of cells known as white blood cells. These cells help to fight off any foreign invaders in the body, it is therefore important that they are plentiful, work well and efficiently.

VITAMINS

Vitamins are substances that are found in tiny amounts in our food that are essential for our bodily functions. If we don’t have enough, we may run in to medical conditions and the opposite is true if we have too much.

This video will discuss which essential vitamins and minerals help to increase the production, efficacy and speed of the white blood cells, keeping you healthy and protected.

The guidelines given are based on an average adult’s Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). This varies individually, for example, if you are pregnant, a child, adolescent or according to any medical conditions and medications you may be taking. It is therefore vital that you discuss your own individual vitamin allowance with your medical doctor.

VITAMIN A

Amongst other functions, Vitamin A is vital for our immune system. It helps to produce white blood cells. We also know that is helps with vision and there’s a suggestion that it could help with skin or acne if it is deficient.

Current daily recommendations for an adult are 700-900mcg (female and male respectively), the highest tolerable dose is 3000mcg.

Sources in food:

- Pumpkin

- Spinach

- Sweet Potato

- Carrots

Too much Vitamin A can be toxic causing symptoms such as joint pain, nausea, hair loss and in extreme situations, coma and death. An excess of Vitamin A consumption is if you take over 200mg in one sitting or over 10x the RDA regularly.

VITAMIN B6

Amongst other functions it promotes white blood cell production.

Current RDA is 1.3mg for an adult.

Sources in food:

- Chickpeas

- Tuna

- Salmon

- Avocado

With excessive amounts 1-6g a day you can get some nasty and potentially irreversible side effects such as nerve damage over time and light sensitivity.

VITAMIN C

Encourages white blood cell production and helps them function more effectively.

Current RDA for an adult is 75mg for women, 90mg for men. Highest tolerable dose is 2000mg per day

Sources in Food:

- Orange

- Grapefruit

- Red Bell pepper

- Broccoli

- Brussel sprouts

- Tomatoes

Side effects of having too much Vitamin C include diarrhoea, cramps and nausea. Some people report migraines at around 6g a day.

VITAMIN E

Enhances the immune response.

Current RDA for an adult is 15mg/day.

Sources in Food:

- Almonds

- Peanuts

- Sunflower seeds

- Avocado

It is important not to take too much Vitamin E as this can be toxic. Vitamin E can also interact with certain medications such as cholesterol lowering drugs and blood thinners. It is vital to consult with your medical doctor prior to any diet changes.

There are also some minerals and other foods that contribute to a healthy immune system.

GARLIC

Boosts some types of white blood cells when they encounter viruses causing the common cold of flu. Studies have shown that it also reduces the duration of sickness as well as the risk of getting sick in the first place.

Current RDA: 1 clove 2-3 a day. Crushing or slicing the clove helps to release the important enzymes.

You could take an Aged Garlic supplement if you prefer but take no more than 600-1200mg a day. Too much garlic can be toxic.

ZINC

Amongst other functions, Zinc boosts immune cell function and signalling.

Current RDA: 9mg a day, the highest tolerable dose is 40mg per day.

Sources in Food:

- Oatmeal

- Mushroom

- Chicken

Too much Zinc can cause an upset stomach, mouth irritation, fever and cough.

Having a healthy well balanced diet plays an integral part to having a healthy immune system. It is also important to exercise regularly, sleep well, limit alcohol and smoking and washing hands regularly. Taking an over the counter supplement should not be considered a substitute for having a healthy diet, it can be much easier to overdose of vitamins through a supplement than food. Always read the back of the label prior to purchase.

I hope that you’ve found this video useful and as always if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to drop me a line in the comments section below.

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Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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Patient Experiences with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and How to Test | Doctor Explains 😷

In this episode hear case studies from Italy, Germany, France, China and Australia, explaining how they handled the disease, the tests and life in their countries.

COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) originated in China, Hubei Province and has spread to most countries across the world.

The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.

Many countries have gone into ‘lockdown’ strongly advising citizens to stay home unless essential, such as shopping for groceries or seeing the doctor.

It is imperative that if you yourself think you have symptoms of Coronavirus that you call ahead to a local testing centre or doctor so that they can be ready to receive you if required.

Together, as a world, we can combat this virus.

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

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COMPANION VIDEOS

How Medical Centres Protect You: https://youtu.be/VGmEL0FvH9U

How to Wear a Mask: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

Coronavirus Q&A: https://youtu.be/hCucUd5KeJo

Working in Chinatown: https://youtu.be/e1F0EyiR7eQ

Finding a P2 Mask Vlog: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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How Medical Centers Protect You from Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Doctor Explains

Join me as I take you behind the scenes at our medical centre in the Gold Coast (dubbed a Coronavirus Hotspot by the news) to see how we clean the practice, triage patients and prepare for our day in the midst of a Coronavirus outbreak.

Outside of the door we have clear signs advising patients who think they may have Coronavirus or have symptoms of the virus to stop and call us for advice. We have posters and information of the local testing centres clearly displayed as we are not geared up to have in-house testing.

We start the day by disinfecting common areas with medicinal grade detergent, including the reception desk, doctors office, appliances and any waiting room surfaces. We ensure that patients are seated well away from one another to avoid any spread of infection in a closed space.

Patients call in for appointments and will be triaged by reception or a nurse to ensure that they are not putting other sick patients at risk. It is easy to forget that medical centres need to remain open to cater for those who may be suffering from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, lung problems or cancer. It is of utmost importance to ensure that such patients are not subjected to any potential Coronavirus sufferers in the waiting room. All patients are required to use hand sanitiser and are offered masks if warranted.

Patients who are deemed unable to attend the practice are offered telehealth consultations in lieu of a face-to-face consult.

For added safety, front line staff such as receptionists and doctors use N95 masks and other protective gear during their working day to minimise any potential exposure. These are then disposed of and areas are disinfected again.

So far, to date we have not had any Coronavirus patients or suspected patients. This could only be possible with a team effort from the staff and from you as patients. We request that you call in to book an appointment so we can assess the nature of your visit.

As a medical doctor, I urge you to help flatten the curve, be sure to follow strict social distancing of 1.5m, practice regular thorough hand washing, self-isolate and avoid large crowds. Together, as a world, we can combat Coronavirus.

Join me next time where I take you through some patient experiences of Coronavirus.

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS

Amazon: https://vtudio.com/a/?a=p2+mask

Bunnings: http://bit.ly/bunningsp2

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Officeworks: http://bit.ly/officeworksp2

COMPANION VIDEOS

How to Wear a Mask: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

Coronavirus Q&A: https://youtu.be/hCucUd5KeJo

Working in Chinatown: https://youtu.be/e1F0EyiR7eQ

Finding a P2 Mask Vlog: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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Doctor Answers Your Coronavirus Questions | COVID-19 Protection Q&A

Recent guidelines from the World Health Organisation have suggested that we should all carry out strict hand hygiene. This means washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly for at least 30 seconds. Hard surfaces such as door handles, shopping baskets and even mobile phone screens harbour bacteria and viruses which can easily spread from one person to another propagating the virus.

Secondly, it has been suggested that we maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from anyone close by that could be coughing or sneezing. This is because when we sneeze, air droplets travel at a speed of around 100mph.

Thirdly, the WHO, NIOSH, FDA and CDC have all suggested that N95/P2 masks should be worn by those who are directly treating or managing suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases or if you yourself has symptoms of coronavirus.

Due to the worldwide shortage of masks, the CDC have recommended that the N95 masks can be used for up to 8 hours as long as they are not soiled, damp or wet as this can reduce the efficacy of the mask.

One of the commonest questions I am asked is whether these masks are reusable. These particular masks are disposable and after being worn they should be disposed in a closed bin and hands should be washed thoroughly. Similarly, it is not possible to wash the masks as they will loose their integrity.

If you are unable to get your hands on a mask and are concerned, then the CDC does recommend other masks such as; N99, N100, P95, P99, P100, R95 and R99. These are at least or more effective than the N95.

There are other larger and bulkier masks that are reusable, but do require disinfecting after use. They too come with filters varying from 95-99%. Such masks include - Elastometric Halt Face respirator and Powered Air Purifying Respirator (full face).

President Of America, Donald Trump recently had a meeting with the major pharmaceutical companies of the world and they have advised that they are currently working on a vaccine which will undergo human tests in April with a roll out of a vaccine by the end of the year.

The most important take away point from this video is to practice good habits with regular thorough hand hygiene. With this, we can stop the propagation of this virus.

WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS

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eBay: https://vtudio.com/a/?e=p2+mask

Officeworks: http://bit.ly/officeworksp2

COMPANION VIDEOS

How to Protect Yourself with Facial Masks: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

Novel Coronavirus: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Diagnosing Coronavirus: https://youtu.be/e1F0EyiR7eQ

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

Take care and stay healthy.

Dr Nora

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