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Our team has compiled important information and resources to help you navigate these difficult and trying times. The best advice we can give is not to panic and stay informed. We are all in this together, and by working together and following these safety protocols, we will get through this together.
Important information for the City of Los Angeles during COVID-19 emergency.
All schools, restaurants, bars, and gyms are closed in the City of Los Angeles.
No landlord shall evict a residential tenant in the City of Los Angeles during this local emergency period if the tenant is unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
No utilities will be shut off in the City of Los Angeles during this local emergency period. City officials have stated the water is safe to drink.
A healthy body with a robust immune system is the best defense against all illness including coronavirus.
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Stay at home and when you must venture out, stay 6 feet away from other people.
If you feel you need to isolate or have someone in your home who is sick, please see the guidelines from LA County Health Department:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes the following recommendations:
The virus does not survive in hot temperatures. Drinking hot liquids, using a sauna or steam can help prevent the spread of the virus.
If you have a runny nose without a fever, you might just have a cold. Don’t panic. But if symptoms worsen, seek medical help.
The virus can survive on clothing for 6-12 hours. Wash with hot water and laundry detergent. Bleach or Oxy-clean may be added but aren’t necessary.
The virus will survive on metal surfaces for 12 hours, so keep any metal surfaces clean with an anti-viral, antibacterial solution, bleach, or alcohol.
Gargle and do a nasal rinse with salt water to clear any bacteria or viruses from your nasopharynx and throat.
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
Any supplements that help support
your immune system are good, such as:
Vitamin D 5000 IU, take daily
Vitamin C, dosage depends on your tolerance
Colloidal Silver 30ppm
Note: Although there is no data that Colloidal Silver will help, it does have a history of antiviral activity and can be used as a spray for throat and mouth.
What is COVID-19?
The COVID-19 viral pandemic is caused by a type of RNA virus called a coronavirus. The name comes from the appearance of a halo or corona surrounding virus particles when viewed through an electron microscope. An RNA virus, as the name implies, has RNA rather than DNA as its genetic material. RNA viruses commonly cause respiratory infections like colds and the flu. The COVID-19 coronavirus is similar in many ways to the influenza virus, causing fever, cough and muscle weakness, but it has a much higher complication rate including pneumonia and respiratory distress, which if not treated, can be fatal. Currently, there is no specific treatment nor is there a vaccine, but the research is promising. Some existing antiviral treatments may be effective and are being looked into, but nothing is proven as of yet.
How Does The Virus Infect People?
The virus is spread person to person directly through virus particles expelled into the air from say a cough, or indirectly through contact with viral particles that have previously landed on surfaces, clothing or objects like a doorknob handled by someone infected with the virus. A person is considered contagious 24 hours before symptoms appear, and until 48 hours after they cease. Once infected, the incubation period is anywhere from 2-14 days. Although one may not be contagious until just before they experience symptoms, if you’ve had contact with someone who has tested positive, it is recommended to closely monitor symptoms, self-quarantine and/or get tested if symptoms appear.
The initial symptoms for the coronavirus resemble the flu: high fever (>101) and a dry cough, often accompanied by sore throat and headache. Stuffy nose and sneezing, which commonly accompany colds and seasonal allergies, are generally not present and can be used to differentiate the conditions. If shortness of breath or worsening breathing problems develop, this could be a sign that the virus is getting worse and would be a reason to seek immediate medical care.
How Serious is This? Who Should Worry?
The emergence of the virus into our society has sparked a great deal of fear since so much is unknown. We do know that the virus spreads about twice as fast as the flu but not nearly as fast as the measles or other childhood illnesses. According to the WHO, approximately 85% of cases will be relatively mild and will not require hospital care. However, as many as 10-15% of people who catch this illness will progress to pneumonia and need to be hospitalized. Those most at risk are older individuals (>60 y/o), especially those with a history of lung problems like COPD or asthma, smokers, and those with concurrent medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. Individuals who are taking medications that affect the immune system like biologics, prednisone or many anti-cancer treatments are also at risk. Individuals less than 50 years of age who are non-smokers and generally in good health have a very low risk of developing life-threatening complications. The virus does not specifically target young children or infants, but they are not immune and should be closely monitored for symptoms.
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