COVID-19 Updates & Links
We know that many of you share our concern about the coronavirus COVID-19. Here at Rainier Natural Medicine we are working to take precautions to protect all of you, and the rest of our patients and community. The information regarding COVID-19 is changing daily, and we are following the latest medical news. We’d like to share with you some helpful information about this illness, as well as what to do if you suspect you may have the virus or have been exposed.
Until further notice:
After Gov. Inslee’s order on 3/23, Dr. Sullivan will no longer be seeing patients in person at the clinic for the time being (at least not until April 6th). He is available for telemedicine visits, these are online via webcam. These are covered by most insurance plans in Washington State.
We are requesting that if you are acutely ill with a cough, fever, or respiratory symptoms that you please stay home and call the office or the Department of Health Hotline: 1-800-525-0127. Please do not go out of the home where you could infect others, which could lead to serious illness or even deaths.
HOWEVER, if you are experiencing respiratory distress (meaning significant trouble breathing), or high fever that does not come down with acetaminophen/Tylenol, then that is an Emergency and may require that you go to the ER.
What You Can Do:
HELP REDUCE THE SPREAD OF INFECTION
- Stay at home and away from others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently, especially frequently touched items such as small electronics, door handles, light switches, and sink handles.
- If you haven’t had a flu shot, consider getting one now. It doesn’t protect against coronavirus but the symptoms of flu and coronavirus are very similar, leading to confusion about the correct diagnosis, community anxiety, and possibly exposure to coronavirus if you do have to be treated for flu complications.
Public Health is also reminding us that viruses such as COVID-19 don’t recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. There are steps everyone can take to reduce the stigma that is being attached to the disease.
Links for accurate information:
- If you have known exposure, or suspected exposure, call the Department of Health Hotline (1-800-525-0127 and press #) – they will assess and tell you if you need to be tested. STAY HOME!
- Testing is happening in several specific locations, NOT at most clinics or labs. We do not test for coronavirus at our clinic.
- Symptoms are: fever over 100.4 degrees F, cough, muscle aches. If you are having significant trouble breathing, call your local hospital or medical clinic to see if you need to go to the hospital. Otherwise, with mild illness please stay home and call the department of health about testing.
General immune support to protect yourself (contact Dr. Sullivan if you need a personalized protocol)
- Take care of your health and immune system with good sleep, healthy food, and exercise, what we call the foundations of good health.
- Take vitamin C 500-1000mg four times per day. Less if you get any stomach upset.
- Take vitamin D 5,000IU with food for one month, then 3,000IU ongoing. If you’re taking this long term you need to get your vitamin D blood levels checked. *If you get symptoms of COVID-19, then stop taking vitamin D.
- Take Zinc 25mg per day.
- Foods that support your immune system include garlic, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Sugar and alcohol can promote viral infections, so limit them.
We do have an online supplement and herb store – CLICK HERE – where you can buy the highest quality products. See Online Dispensary page for our list of trusted brands. They will be shipped directly to your home.
Don’t hesitate to call with any questions or schedule an appointment for telemedicine via the “Request an Appointment” button.