Residual health effects of COVID-19 and tips for counteracting them
Staying home for a couple of months may have sounded like a mental health dream a while back, but too much time at home may have an adverse effect on your health. Our team flagged four of the most common health pitfalls associated with our stay-at-home orders that have nothing to do with catching the virus itself. Have you fallen into any of these traps? If so, read on for advice on how to keep your health a priority.
Most people are going to the store less often, ordering food to support their local restaurants and turning to comfort food to get them through tough days. Sound familiar? It’s harder to focus on well-rounded meals when you are working your way through the pantry rather than visiting your local grocer or farmer’s market on a regular basis. Still, don’t give up on good nutrition. Stock up on frozen fruit and vegetables so you can have a nutrient-packed smoothie for breakfast or lunch. It’s okay to enjoy comfort foods too, but make portion control a priority so you don’t binge eat while you binge watch your favorite shows.
Lack of Exercise
Gyms are closed and the weather can make or break your motivation to get outdoors, but activity is key to mental and physical health. Use home equipment or make weights out of common household items like milk jugs for strength training. Have a two or three story home? Hit the stairs! There are also countless workout classes available online these days. Whether you go all out, or simply work a daily walk into your to do list, stay active.
The uncertainty in our world is causing more people to experience insomnia. Lack of sleep can lead to health issues, so it’s important to make rest a priority and find ways to improve sleep if you are struggling. Doctors recommend setting a bedtime and sticking with it (even if you could binge Netflix all night thanks to your lack of morning commute). Room darkening curtains, limiting caffeine and relaxation tactics such as meditation or essential oils may also help.
Anxiety and depression is on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients who have struggled with mental health issues previously are at risk of worsening symptoms, particularly if they veer from their normal routine and treatment plan. Many people who have never experienced anxiety before are suddenly struggling, too. Factors such as virus risk, job insecurity, financial concerns, and even homeschooling while also working from home can weigh heavily on one’s mind. Anxiety is common. It’s normal. Most people are experiencing some level of anxiety right now, so never feel ashamed. Talk with friends and family members. Journal about your feelings. Take time each day for yourself. If you are unable to find relief, seek a professional who can help. You are not alone and this is a difficult time for all.
Dr. Khare spoke with NPR earlier this week to explain COVID-19 antibody testing. If you are wondering what antibodies are associated with COVID-19, and why we believe they provide a level of protection against COVID-19, take a moment to listen. Innovative Express Care uses the Abbott serology test, which we believe is the most accurate test on the market. You can schedule an appointment online.
Dr. Khare recently spoke with Crain’s Chicago Business about COVID-19 antibody testing. Innovative Express Care was among the first clinics in Chicago to offer COVID-19 antibody testing and sees around 450 patients per day. Read the full article here.
ABC 7 joined us early this morning to cover the new COVID-19 antibody test available at Innovative Express Care. The blood test looks for IgG antibodies in the blood to determine if your body has already encountered the COVID-19 virus, or indicates the absence of these antibodies. The test is available to anyone who is well and has not had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Insurance is accepted. Watch the full segment here.
Dr. Khare spoke with Newsy earlier this week to offer an update on COVID-19 testing, which is open to everyone at Innovative Express Care. Watch the segment here to learn more, including how we bend the curve and what it means to achieve herd immunity.
Dr. Khare recently spoke with ABC 7 about the highly anticipated COVID-19 antibody test. The blood test will determine if someone has already been exposed to the novel coronavirus, allowing people to make informed decisions about their risk as we move toward easing restrictions. Innovative Express Care is awaiting the arrival of antibody tests and hopes to begin testing in the coming weeks. Watch the full segment here.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you may now schedule a test to be seen at our outdoor medical tent online. A pre-screening appointment is no longer required. Insurance is accepted for the COVID-19 test and provider visit. If you do not wish to use insurance, self-pay ($250) is also available.
Patients who wish to consult with a physician before coming on-site for a test, may schedule a telemedicine visit. During the secure online appointment, we’ll review your symptoms, discuss your medical history and determine if any medical testing is necessary.
Symptoms of COVID-19 commonly include fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, respiratory symptoms, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, and sometimes GI issues.
Patients who schedule a COVID-19 test online will receive a series of text messages to confirm the appointment. Insured patients will also be asked to submit their address and photos of their picture ID/insurance card. This is requested in advance in order to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on-site at our clinic.
For more information about COVID-19 and services available, visit our COVID-19 website.
“This did not seem normal and I’ve never felt anything like it,” she said. “There were some similarities (to other infections), body aches, fever chills. What made this different were the chest symptoms.”
Listen to what the young mother had to say, and why she wants others to take this seriously, by watching the interview here.