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Coronavirus 101

Our job at FMI is to ensure our patients are educated in how to protect themselves and their families from contracting and spreading this virus. There have been NO cases in Idaho, but we want to ensure we are on the front lines of this. In the unfortunate instance that this virus DOES come to our state, we will be prepared, and we want to be sure our patients know the facts.

What is the Coronavirus?

  • A complex virus in the family of SARS
  • Mostly attacks the respiratory system
  • Most common symptoms- high fever, cough, shortness of breath. You can transmit this virus through respiratory droplets or touch.
  • At this point, the deaths are occurring in elderly and immunocompromised individuals.
  • The most concerning issues with this virus
    • It is highly contagious
    • There is a good chance it has a long incubation period, meaning an individual can have the virus for a few weeks and spread it WITHOUT showing symptoms

We are making the following recommendations to our patients and community (backed by SCIENCE) on how to prevent getting and spreading this virus:

  • Wash your hands often- with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough, or sneeze with a tissue and throw in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep your children home if they get sick too.
  • Stay well hydrated, maximize sleep, and keep your good nutrition up.
  • Minimize stress, as it will decrease the immune system
    • Vitamin D: adults can take as much 100,00k iu for 3 days to boost their immune systems. Daily maintenance dose is typically around 5,000 iu per day, or what your provider has recommended.
    • Zinc glycinate: 30-40 mg daily
    • Vitamin C (ideally liposomal): 2000-4000 mg daily. We also offer IV vitamin C in house.
    • Vitamin A: 10,000 iu twice daily
    • Probiotic: as instructed on bottle
    • NAC: 500 mg twice a day
    • Elderberry and echinacea: for short term use- 3-4 days
    • Immune Defense topical patch: a combination patch that is changed daily.
    • Probiotic
    • We carry all of the above at both locations and will be ordering more throughout the week. We can also send you links to purchase these from fullscript online.
    • Immunotix 500 – can be purchased at https://www.wholescripts.com/. Use referral code = “FUNMEDID”
    • Vit D3: Age 1-12 months give enhanced dose of 2,000 u daily for 3-5 days or until well then back down to 1,000 u daily.
      Age 12-24 months 5,000 u daily until well then 2000 u daily.
      Age 2-3 yrs 7000 u daily until well then 3000 u daily
      Age 4-6 yrs 10,000 u daily for 3-5 days then 5000 u daily through winter months
      Age 6-10 yrs 20,000 u daily for 3-5 days then 5000 u daily through winter
      Age 11-teen yrs 50,000 u daily for 3-5 days then 5000 u daily through winter months
    • Zinc: EZ Melt Zinc carnosine at around ½ the illness dose
      Age 1-6 months: 7 mg daily crushed
      Age 6-24 months: 14 mg daily crushed or chewed depending on number of teeth
      Age 2-10 yrs: 28 mg daily
      Age 11-teens: 49 mg daily
    • Vit C: For better tissue levels and more effective, you can get I have started recommending Liposomal Vit. General rule is (using the Pertussis Protocol developed by Dr. Suzanne Humphries) 100 mg/Kg body weight per day divided twice a day. So, for example for a 10 kilo kiddo (22 lb) give 500 mg twice daily. This is ½ tsp twice daily. You can extrapolate up from there on weight. You can actually use down to two months of age!! Using same weight guidelines.
    • Elderberry and echinacea: as directed, short term use (3-4 days)
    • Vit A: not beta carotene. This is retinol, or the real, active, Vit A. There are lots of good brands. After researching and developing a comfort level, I am comfortable recommending this to all ages in the form of cod liver oil. It is around 5,000 u/tsp.
      Age 0-10, as with Vit D, use 1,000 u/year up to age 10 yrs
      Age >10: 10,000 u twice daily.
    • Immune Defense topical patch: a combination patch that is changed daily.
    • We carry all of the above at both locations and will be ordering more throughout the week. We can also send links for these to be purchased online from Fullscript.
    • Please make an appointment with your provider for a customized immune boosting plan or if you have specifics questions on dosage recommendations for yourself or child.

At FMI, we are committed to keeping our patients and community safe. We aren’t waiting for positive tests to show up in the Treasure Valley before we institute precautions. We have purchased enough N-95 masks for our staff and will implement our staff wearing these masks and gloves when we feel it will be necessary.

We are encouraging avoidance of non-essential social gatherings and interactions, including travel. Your medical care is not one of those. Please be ensured that we are doing everything we can to keep your and your family safe in our facility.

If you aren’t feeling well or have a scheduled upcoming appointment and are concerned about coming in, you can be seen virtually through our telemedicine platform – Google meet. You will need to call the office to get this switched.

We will keep you updated with any changes to our plan for this virus, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. As always, thanks for trusting us with your health!

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