What can we do to protect ourselves and others from coronavirus infection?

Wellbeing

Covid cases have continued to rise: 20-03-2022

In accordance with the four-step plan to ease lockdown, hospitality industry reopened from 17th of May.

  • Weekly confirmed case as at 18-05-2021 was merely 15,761 cases.
  • Weekly confirmed cases reached the highest on 03-01-2022 to 1,303,163.
  • Daily confirmed cases increased to the highest 217,818 on 07-01-2022.
  • Existing rules and restrictions removed from 24-02-2022.
  • Covid cases have continued to rise in the UK, in accordance with the Office for National Statistic; estimated one in every 20 people infected.

An omicron subvariant appears to be even more contagious than the original fast-spreading strain, U.K. health authorities said, though vaccine booster shots remain an effective shield.  Source bloomberg

 

UK Covid infections climb by a million in a week
About 4.3 million people - or one in every 16 - are thought to have the virus, compared to 3.3 million the week before.

 

We have gained good  hygiene practice in the last two years, living with Covid, we need to sustain all such practice to avoid Covid infection. Mask-wearing (when necessary), social distancing, more than 20 seconds hand wash and vaccination.

 

It is a good idea to keep stringent daily hygiene practice

to live with COVID.

Triple Vaccinated, yet we can still get infected by Coronavirus

Even we have been fully vaccinated, we can still be infected.  However, vaccination does seem to prevent us developing serious conditions and hospitalisation.

Personal Responsibility

UK has continuously reported new infection increases due to an easily spread sub-variant of Omicron, called BA.2.

Covid: Rise in UK infections driven by BA.2 Omicron variant
One in 20 people infected, with record high rates in elderly people due a spring Covid booster vaccine.

Is Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

The MHRA (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) reaffirmed that the benefits of the vaccine “continue to far outweigh the risks”.

We are aware that no medicine nor Vaccine is risk free, however it is essential for us to be aware of the risk, symptoms to watch and how to act should we have such symptoms.

CVST (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis) occurs when a clot forms in large veins in the brain.
As a result, blood cells may break and leak into brain tissue leading to a stroke.

Following extracts are some valuable information from BBC news.

How can I tell if I have one?

Anyone who has any of the following symptoms four days or more after having the vaccine should seek prompt medical help:

  • A severe, persistent headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Persistent stomach/abdominal pain
  • Unusual bruising or red/purple pinpoint spots beyond the injection site where the vaccine is given
  • Neurological symptoms such as weakness in the legs or seizures

How long after the vaccine do clots appear?

Most cases have been seen between four days and a few weeks of people having the jab.

Medical experts in the UK now suggest doctors should consider this rare condition as a diagnosis in anyone who has matching symptoms up to a month after they have had the vaccine.

Can the clots be treated?

Generally, the quicker that cases are identified, the better for the patient.

Treatment can involve a number of medicines and includes immunoglobulins – immune proteins – given through a drip. Some patients will be sent home with new generation blood thinners and have regular monitoring.

According to blood specialist, Prof Adrian Newland, current evidence suggests 75% of people survive. An expert panel of blood specialists in the UK have put together guidance for doctors, which is being constantly updated.

Extract from BBC News “ Rare blood clots – what you need to know

 

We are responsible for our own well-being

Life will never be the same, we need to make adjustments to live life with-corona. It is important to remind ourselves that we are responsible for our own well-being, we need to take personal responsibility.  This would include receiving vaccines when we are invited.

COVID Conspiracy Theories

Most of our guests have been co-operative in creating safer environment at The Rufus House, however we notice that there are some people who deny the existence of this very infectious disease.

“COVID-19 is a hoax, why are you so strict!” said one of the guests. I did not know then that COVID Conspiracy Theories existed.

How my mum fell for conspiracy theories
Sebastian’s mum has grown a big online following by spreading dangerous Covid conspiracy theories.

 

COVID-19 IS REAL, IT IS VERY INFECTIOUS

Asymptomatic People

Asymptomatic people without any COVID-19 symptoms, could infect others without knowing.

Coronavirus: Asymptomatic cases 'carry same amount of virus'
But the South Korean study couldn't say how much this group actually passed coronavirus on.

Long COVID symptoms

Even young and healthy, some patients are left struggling with “long COVID symptoms” including lasting fatigue, persistent pain and breathlessness for months.

Long Covid: I used to run, now I can only walk 200 metres
Dr Nathalie MacDermott, 38, explains how Covid-19 has affected her life.
'Long Covid': Why are some people not recovering?
Why is coronavirus leaving some people with long-term health problems including fatigue?

What can we do against coronavirus

COVID-19 is a very infectious disease, asymptomatic person can infect others without knowing that he/she has virus.

However, we have lived with New Coronavirus for some time, science gained enough knowledge on “how to stay safe” by reducing the risk of being infected.

As far as we take those personal responsibilities, we can protect ourselves and others.

 

  1. Avoid Confined spaces ⇒Ventilate air
  2. Avoid Crowed places ⇒ use face coverings
  3. Avoid Close contact ⇒  2m  Social Distancing
  4. Other point:
    Frequent hand wash, do not touch your face, do not share food/towels etc. and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
  5. Join vaccination programme.

Enhance immune system

To fight against any virus, it is recommended to enhance our innate immune system.

  1. Take Vitamin D supplement which enhance immune system: Vitamin D 1000 IU (25μg) daily, softgel capsules are easier to swallow.
  2. Balanced diet: Lots of vegetables, fruits & root vegetables. Eggs, fish, mushrooms & beans.
  3. Daily exercise: Daily walk using five senses, be comfortable with warm clothing and good walking shoes.
  4. If you practice yoga: practice one asana slowly and mindfully with full awareness to body’s sensations which stimulates sympathetic nervous system, then practice shava-asana pose to activate the parasympathetic nervous system which creates a relaxing effect. By practicing alternately, you can regain balance in autonomic nervous system, thus enhance your immune system.
  5. Warm your body :  🛀 Soak in hot bathtub before going to bed.
  6. Sufficient sleep   💤

Avoid the 3Cs by WHO

What we can do now

We all have to work together to control pandemic!

  • Stay safe by avoiding Three Cs and practicing hygiene: one has to be responsible in reducing infection risk.
  • Any doubt of infection, follow government guidelines. Strictly follow self-isolation procedure to protect other people.
  • Try to overcome fear of unknown and receive vaccine when invitation arrives, unless you are advised not to do so by GPs.
  • Each of us needs to take personal responsibility to live with COVID-19.

 

Stay safe, but we do not need to be overanxious.

Etsuko Ito MSc.

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