When news of the coronavirus made it to the States in December 2019, I felt concerned, to be sure, but far from panicked. I live in one of the remotest archipelagos in the world and early reports suggested that it was being closely monitored and contained. Since then, the world as we know it has been turned upside down. Now, COVID-19 isn’t the province of an unfortunate few but a daunting possibility many of us are either directly experiencing or may face.
Shortly after the first COVID-19 cases were announced in my home of Oahu, I closed the doors of my health center and turned to telemedicine. And yet within days, my patients began contacting me not about their usual health conditions, but what one described as the “flu from hell.” One experienced the whole spectrum of symptoms; another passed out—sudden dizziness is a symptom of the virus—and damaged his rib. I went from being on the sidelines of the coronavirus to the thick of it (albeit, mercifully, by phone).
So, while I have not been able to “treat” my COVID-19-positive patients, I have been able to help them mitigate their symptoms and encourage a healthy immune response to help them through the disease. Although none of these strategies can be considered a cure or treatment for COVID-19, here is what I’ve recommended…
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