+ Ways to Stay Sane During These Crazy Times
There’s no getting around the fact that information (and fake news) about coronavirus has blown up more in the past couple weeks than a warehouse full of fireworks after a lightning strike! Between the media, friends, and even the person in line in front of you at the grocery store, the world is in coronavirus mania – and there’s no getting away from it!
As a Mom, as well as a Holistic Health Coach who has a big mom-to-be clientele, my personal concern with all of this is (besides for the elderly, which is a given as it is the hardest hit population here), is for children and expecting moms. With so many unknowns, it’s imperative to share what is known for these populations as the anxiety from all this hysteria is [potentially] causing more harm than anything as it is affecting everyone!
(If you want to read more about the general facts of COVID-19, as well as some holistic ways to protect yourself, check out my original blog post, HERE: http://bit.ly/HolisticApproachToCoronavirus Otherwise, continue reading below :).
Coronavirus and Pregnancy
First, let’s start with expecting mothers and coronavirus, as this is a big concern of anyone who is currently pregnant, or plans to be in the near future. Pregnancy in and of itself can be scary, especially if you’ve ever had previous pregnancy complications, and is why adding an unknown virus to the mix can be all but petrifying.
“Pregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to the consequences of coronavirus than the general population. As this is a new virus, how it may affect you is not yet clear. It is expected the large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu-like symptoms.”
Furthermore, from those cases in which a pregnant mother did get infected with COVID-19, there was no evidence that the virus can pass to a developing baby while pregnant (called vertical transmission). Moreover, there was no increased risk of miscarriage for those infected. However, like any illness, pregnant women are more susceptible to getting infections than women who are not pregnant, so protecting yourself and upping your immune support is crucial here – as it is for everyone during these crazy times! Fortunately, there have been no reported deaths of pregnant women from coronavirus as of my writing this, so prayerfully it stays that way!
Coronavirus and Children
Another major concern is the coronavirus’ impact on children. With schools shutting down all over the nation, and travel plans being all but wiped out all over the world, it’s hard not to think the worst here, especially when it comes to our youngest of kin. With that said, children have fortunately been a pretty “skipped over” population, with symptoms mimicking colds, more than anything. This includes fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.
As of yet, it is not known whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs, since there haven’t been any severe cases noted (at this time).[ii]
How to Talk to Kids about COVID-19
For those who have been hesitant to speak to your children about coronavirus, especially if they are very young, here’s a great guide that should help: https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-guide.html
How to Keep Kids Entertained for the Foreseeable Future with Coronavirus
As I’m sure you are well aware, coronavirus, and all of the panic that has been brought about because of it, hasn’t just affected the toilet paper aisles at Target or the fact that getting anything done work-related is now 5x as hard as it was just a couple weeks ago (due to people staying home, suppliers not delivering, etc.). Now, thanks to spring break coupled with school closures, our kids are going to be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, with going to friend’s houses, sporting events, etc. assuredly to be put on the “do not fly” list, as well!
So what the heck are we supposed to do?! If COVID-19 doesn’t get us, our sanity certainly will!
But that’s why companies, specifically those online apps and sites who specialize in child learning have waived fees and are offering free content: as you will see compiled here in this amazing list of resources.
As with any sickness, your immune system is your frontline defense mechanism so we need to treat it well! Your body was designed to fight against environmental toxins, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful microorganisms – and COVID-19 is no different!
Getting enough sleep, eating healthy, staying away from toxins (from cleaning supplies to shampoos and makeup), to taking charge of your mental health, will all help give your immune system the best fight again illness!
Several other things to think about, that I will go over in more detail in the near future: Probiotics, Medicinal Mushrooms, Vitamin D, Apple Cider Vinegar, Iodine, and Turmeric – so stay tuned!
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Keep Up to Date on the Latest COVID-19 News:
WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 page https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
WHO COVID-19 Situation Reports https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports
CDC’s COVD-19 travel advisory page https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html