* Updated AUGUST 12, 2022 *
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The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention says people should move away from restrictive measures such as quarantines and social distancing and focus on reducing severe disease from COVID-19. In new guidelines released in August 2022, the agency no longer recommends staying at least 6 feet away from other people to reduce the risk of exposure. A this time, nearly the entire US population has at least some immunity through vaccination, previous infection or in many cases both. Newer variants of the COVID-19 virus may have less severe symptoms, especially in those who were previously infected with an earlier variant.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Avoid touching your face.
- Practice social distancing and/or wear a mask if you feel better doing so.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Make sure to rub all areas of the hands thoroughly until dry.
- Consider limiting exposure to large groups, if you are concerned.
- Keep a regular sleep schedule, maintain a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and drugs.
Feeling Sick or Abnormally Fatigued?
- Stay at home and treat the symptoms as you would any cold or flu. Most people who get the COVID-19 virus have more mild symptoms. Younger, healthier patients tend to have milder symptoms. However, symptoms may include high fever, extreme fatigue, dry cough, gastrointestinal upset, loss of appetite, sinus and nasal congestion, and other less common symptoms.
- Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.
- It is very common for symptoms to roller-coaster – patients feel worse, then better, then worse again and so on.
- If you start feeling sick, you may want to receive a COVID test. Note that it can take several days after the onset of symptoms for the commonly available COVID antigen nasal swab tests to come back positive. PCR-based testing may yield different results.
- Patients who experience shortness of breath should go to their nearest urgent care or ER.
OC COVID Clinic offers rapid testing for COVID-19 at no charge to patients, or with insurance, located down the street form our office in Irvine. At home COVID testing kits are widely available through pharmacies and online retailers.
IPM does not offer COVID vaccination in our office or a give a blanket recommendation to all patients to receive COVID vaccines or boosters. We do not recommend one vaccine over another. The long term effectiveness of COVID vaccines has been grossly overestimated by political interest and excessive promotion. People who have been vaccinated and received boosters can (and often do) get COVID, sometimes multiple times. Long term risks of vaccination with COVID vaccines are not known and the information on side effects is not fully available at this time. You may choose to receive or not receive COVID vaccinations. Some patients who are considered high risk due to chronic illness, age or other factors may consider the benefits outweigh the potential risks.
If you experience any adverse reaction to a COVID vaccine or any other vaccine, we strongly urge you to report it using the VAERS system. Side effects and sometimes severe adverse reactions have occurred with the use of these vaccines, and should be reported immediately.
The FDA has issued emergency use authorizations (EUA) for Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s Molnupiravir, for treatment of COVID. We do not yet have long-term safety data on these experimental medications alone or in conjunction with other medications, so we cannot recommend that all patients use these medications if they become infected with COVID. If you have specific questions about the use of these and other medications for COVID, please schedule a consult with one of our doctors.
In-office Protective Measures
At IPM we work hard to keep our office environment clean and disinfected throughout the day and our staff are trained in proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Currently we screen all patients over the phone before they come into our office. Patients who exhibit specific symptoms or have a positive COVID test will be asked to consult with the doctor by telephone instead of in-office. We are implementing this temporary policy to protect the health and safety of all our patients and staff. Please reflect carefully on these questions and answer them truthfully.
IPM Doctors recommend some or all of the following oral supplements to patients who would like to take proactive measures against viral infection:
- Combination Immune support including echinacea, selenium, vitamin D, vitamin C, quercetin and zinc.
- Colloidal silver solutions
- Additional glutathione
- Additional vitamin D3
- Additional vitamin C caps or vitamin C powder
CLICK HERE to see the first randomized controlled trial on Vitamin D and COVID-19. In the control group not taking Vitamin D, 50% required ICU admission. In the group taking extra Vitamin D, only 2% were admitted to the ICU! The obvious conclusion is to make sure your vitamin D status is healthy. For proper dosing and testing options for Vitamin D level, consult your physician.
Some patients are interested in using nebulized hydrogen peroxide. This therapy may be recommended on an individual basis to patients. You may also decide to use QUE spray, xylitol nasal spray, silver nasal spray, 2 sprays in each nostril at least twice a day. These items will clean the nasal tissues and wash out viruses, bacteria and environmental pollutants.
Nasal ozone insufflation also called “nozone” offers a more powerful preventive approach. Ozone is an effective anti-viral agent. Treatments may be provided by our medical assistants in our office. These treatment can be provided once a week or more often.
Nutritional Immune Drips may also be recommended to our patients and can be delivered in our office. Please call reception if you are interested in receiving therapy. Please visit our popular immune supplement page to order products if needed.
MASKS AT IPM
IPM does not force patients to wear masks. People with some medical conditions, especially those that impair respiration, blood flow and balance, may have difficulty wearing face coverings. Restriction of airflow caused by a face covering may be harmful to these individuals. We take COVID-19 policy very seriously. We have set up regular, specific protocol for pre-screening, cleaning, and prophylaxis. Please direct any questions regarding COVID-19 safety to reception. We will be happy to assist you.