From the Parish Nurse

Article from the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

     It has been a glorious week with temperatures in the 70s and no rain, hail, snow, wild wind, etc.  How unusual!!!  People are actually enjoying being outside and (if maintaining proper social distancing) not wearing masks!  I feel badly for folks with respiratory disorders; wearing a mask makes it harder to breath.  If it is really hot out, wearing a mask and being short of breath can cause you problems.  My suggestion to those of you with COPD, asthma, emphysema, or other respiratory problems is to use the mask only in situations where you have to, such as going shopping or being in close contact with others in a group.  If you are outside and it’s hot, stay the mandatory 6 ft. away and drop the mask!!  The chance of getting COVID-19 germs outside is remote.  Anything in the air begins to dissipate immediately, it’s very different from being in a small enclosed space.  Studies have shown that the virus may survive in the air up to 3 hrs.  But the studies were run in a contained environment with minimal airflow.  Also it has been noted that increased humidity and temperature decrease the viability of the virus.

     Another question that has popped up is how to tell the difference between allergies and COVID-19.  I have allergies and asthma.  I have had this lovely combo since I was 4.  It is generally the same: itchy red eyes, sneezing and coughing, postnasal drip, scratchy throat working its way into wheezing and not being able to take a deep breath.  If it’s really bad, I can get a headache and feel slightly nauseated.  Usually, after I have taken medication and removed myself from whatever is triggering the symptoms, I improve.  According to Mayo Clinic Q and A:  Combating allergies, asthma during COVID-19  “Though asthma can make breathing difficult, and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, if you are asthmatic, you would likely recognize an attack, but it would be unlikely that you would have a fever.”

     COVID-19 symptoms tend to come on quickly and worsen.  With allergy and asthma, a change of scenery and medication can easily help improve symptoms.”   I am sure many of you have experienced allergy attacks.  Do not panic.  Be aware of what your normal has been, if nothing seems different you are probably dealing with allergies.  If you feel something is different such as a high fever, the usual meds don’t work, or symptoms don’t lessen but get worse, then call your doctor.

     One final thought, and totally switching topics (what a relief!!!), a reminder about ticks (oh yuck!).  Well, my dog has already had one.  She has monthly medication too!  It’s not fair!  So, please be aware and be careful.  Just because COVID-19 is with us does not mean other things go away.  More of us are hiking and walking our dogs (there isn’t much else we can do at the moment).  Check yourself after a hike, check your pets.  Wear appropriate clothing when hiking through tall grass and weedy areas.  A tick is not believed to pass on Lyme disease if you pull it out before 48 hours.  Pull it straight out with tweezers.  If the head does not come out, call the doctor.  You may need to go on antibiotics.

     Please have a safe and blessed summer.  Call me with questions you may have.  315-759-9039.                                                  

                                                                                                God Bless!  Beth