As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe and increasingly in the US, this article will help guide you through this stressful time. The novel coronavirus now estimates now over 2 million cases alone in the US and over 8.9 million cases worldwide with an estimate of over 469,000 deaths. Although there is currently no vaccine to treat the virus, there are several preventative measures you should be taking at this very moment.
According to the CDC, the virus is spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. It is important to practice social distancing and remaining 6 feet away from an individual. Simple measures to take at this time are to wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands. If you are feeling sick, it is best to remain inside, isolated, and wear a mask. Cover any coughs or sneezes. Keep your household clean by disinfecting daily. You can find a variety of disinfecting solutions you can make at home with bleach or alcohol.
If you are 65 years or older, you are at a higher risk for severe illnesses and COVID-19. As states began issuing stay at home orders, it is best to remain in your home throughout this time. If possible, get your groceries delivered using services such as Instacart, Postmates, and inquire at your local grocery store about home delivery options.
Stress and anxiety are on the rise during this time. It is important to find healthy distractions such as taking time away from reading or listening to updates on the coronavirus. Take deep breaths, meditate, and eat well balanced meals. Keeping your body free of stress is extremely important during this time.If you are feeling sick you may want to call your local healthcare provider to seek help.
Here at Rice Village Medical Supply, we understand that life can be difficult to enjoy when you are constantly short of breath. Whether it limits you to focus on relationships, hobbies, or working, your solution may be a nebulizer. Looking for the right nebulizer can alleviate COPD, asthma, and many other breathing disorders.
Do I need a nebulizer?
If you currently suffer from a respiratory condition as mentioned above such as COPD, or asthma, then your doctor or medical practitioner may prescribe you to use a nebulizer. Nebulizers are available prescription only, so it is important to discuss your needs and symptoms with your doctor beforehand.
Nebulizers for Upper Airway Diseases
Depending on your condition, you’ll want to ensure you choose the correct particle size needed. When treated for upper airway diseases, you’ll find that “larger medicine particles are deposited” such as with rhinitis and sinusitis. Always check for the correct particle size when choosing the right nebulizer.
Nebulizers for Lower Airway Diseases
If you are dealing with lower airway diseases such as asthma, COPD, or bronchitis you will want to look for a nebulizer with smaller medicine particles. Additionally, these more severe breathing diseases require a higher level of nebulization simply because “they deliver higher levels of nebulized active ingredient”.
When it comes to finding the right nebulizer you will want to find out if you are dealing with the upper airway or lower airway, whether it is for a baby, child, or adult, the sound levels, and what type of technology is used such as a mesh or compressor.
If you are still unsure about which nebulizer is right for you, simply give Rice Village Medical Supply a call and we can help discuss your options.