Important COVID-19 Information

Posted on 3/16/2020 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: immune system
Note: This will be updated periodically as new info becomes available

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  • If you have a runny nose and a productive cough, you likely have a cold.
  • Pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is a dry cough without a runny nose
  • A COVID-19 related cough/sneeze can travel up to 10 feet.
  • On metallic surfaces, the virus survives at least 12 hours, copper 4 hours, cloth 6-12 hours, in air up to 3 hours. Washing hands thoroughly or normal wash cycle for clothing takes care of the virus.
  • Drinking a little water every 15 minutes is very effective for all viruses. As viruses accumulate in the nasal/mouth passage, they can be washed down by the water into the stomach where gastric juices take care of them. This is an opinion, not a proven fact, but makes common sense. 
  • The virus will last only 5-10 minutes on your hand. I suspect the time is a lot longer, that is if anti-bacterial soap or wipes (this is a virus, not bacteria!) are being used since this disrupts the natural immunity living on the skin. In my opinion, regular soap is a better option.
  • Remember, soap works by mechanical means, scrubbing the hands for at least 20 seconds will be effective at removing the virus.
  • Gargle with salt water or echinacea in water.
  • I emphasize, drink a lot of water!
  • Am noting that in my home country, the Netherlands, it is not uncommon to have teenagers and young adults in intensive care, unlike what we are seeing here. What does this mean? We do not know the full answer, obviously, but one thing is for certain, just because you are young, this does NOT mean that the virus is not a problem. Thinking it through, a lot of Dutch teenagers vape and smoke in much higher percentage than they do here. Seeing what I have seen with vaping, it can severely compromise our airways in ways that ordinary smoking does not and I have a feeling that this is behind the surge in young people becoming ill on the other side of the ocean. Another reason why NOT to smoke or vape!
COVID-19 Symptoms:
  1. Starts with sore throat 3 to 4 days.
  2. 5-6 days later moves to lungs. To test your lungs: hold breath for 10 seconds. Should be effortless and without pain. (Per the UK Department of Health and Social Care. My opinion: this only works if you have no previous lung issues)
  3. With the resultant pneumonia patients: experience high fever and breathing difficulties.
  4. 80% of the infected have very little in way of symptoms. The 20% remaining tend to be the high-risk group, the elderly, and the infirm.
Added note: It is becoming increasingly clear that the virus specifically targets elderly that are frail, the infirm, and those with chronic health conditions. I advise that subgroup of our population to not travel and avoid crowds.

The safety and health of our patients, staff, and community are of utmost importance to us. We understand the stress you may be feeling given the rapidly changing information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to assure you that DBC and its physicians and staff are proactively utilizing every resource available to ensure the health and safety of our patients, customers, and staff.
As we monitor ongoing developments, we are following local government organizations and global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure our policies and procedures meet their guidelines to protect the well-being of our patients, customers, and staff. We will continue to keep our office a clean environment and take additional precautions including even more frequent cleaning of countertops, reception/waiting areas, treatment rooms, and other high-touch areas as well as sending home any staff member who presents with symptoms to prevent virus spread.

For immune system boosting tips, there are plenty of resources on our Facebook and Instagram pages (Dr. den Boer recently did a 10-part video series on boosting the immune system).
If you are presenting with respiratory symptoms or have come into contact with someone who has, please protect our elderly and immunocompromised patients and contact our office to schedule a phone/video consultation with one of our doctors rather than in-person consultation.
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Thank You + Be Well
Updated March 16, 2020.