The California COVID-19 website has added a “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) page clarifying what’s included in the state “Stay Home” Executive Order. Among the Q&A items covered is clarification that walking (including with pets as per the SVMHA rules) is specifically approved.
*The key caveat is that 6′ separation is mandated for anyone not in your household. That standard measure mandated for public places in addition to ample fresh air is deemed safe, so we can get our exercise and enjoy this wonderful Spring air and views of our green hills.
We’ve added links to the FAQ and the full text PDF file of the Executive Order to our C-19 page here on the SVMHA website.
“Can I still exercise? Take my kids to the park for fresh air? Take a walk around the block?
Yes. So long as you are maintaining a safe social distance of six feet from people who aren’t part of your household, it is ok to go outside for exercise, a walk or fresh air. Gyms are closed.”
“Can I walk my dog? Take my pet to the vet?
You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.”
Our resident infectious disease expert Bruce Phillips has passed along this warning not to use ibuprofen (aka Advil, Motrin, Nurofen, etc.) if you have any possible symptoms of COVID 19. Instead, the recommendation is to use only the prescribed dose (to avoid liver damage) of acetaminophen (aka Paracetamol or Tylenol). Note that after this warning was issued, the World Health Organization (WHO) investigated and rescinded their warning not to use ibuprophen. To keep you informed, we’re passing along the original warning and this link to more info.
Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization recommended Tuesday that people suffering COVID-19 symptoms avoid taking ibuprofen, after French officials warned that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen effects of the virus.
The warning by French Health Minister Olivier Veran followed a recent study in The Lancet medical journal that hypothesised that an enzyme boosted by anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen could facilitate and worsen COVID-19 infections.
Asked about the study, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters in Geneva the UN health agency's experts were "looking into this to give further guidance."
"In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That's important," he said.
He added that if ibuprofen had been "prescribed by the healthcare professionals, then, of course, that's up to them."
His comments came after Veran sent a tweet cautioning that the use of ibuprofen and similar anti-inflammatory drugs could be "an aggravating factor" in COVID-19 infections.
"In the case of fever, take paracetamol," he wrote.
The French minister stressed that patients already being treated with anti-inflammatory drugs should ask advice from their doctor.
Paracetamol must be taken strictly according to the recommended dose, because too much of it can damage the liver.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected around 190,000 people worldwide and killed more than 7,800, causes mild symptoms in most people, but can result in pneumonia and in some cases severe illness that can lead to multiple organ failure.
Even before the pandemic, French authorities sounded the alarm over serious "infectious complications" linked to the use of ibuprofen, which is sold under various brands like Nurofen and Advil, and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
A spokesperson for British pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser, which makes Nurofen, said in an email statement that the company was aware of concerns raised about "the use of steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) products, including ibuprofen, for the alleviation of COVID-19 symptoms."
Here’s a March 18, 2020 “over the fence” view of the pumphouse tank construction (click on it to enlarge), updating the view posted 12/29/2019. The two concrete tanks both have roofs with access points, the earth is filled in around them again, and the remaining area formerly used for the ponds is level. What will be going in there?
Our helpful local expert Bruce Phillips has written up two tips for us to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. Note in particular his warning about the somewhat narrow range of hand santitizer alcohol concentration that’s most effective (water is required along with the alcohol, to penetrate and destroy the virus). We’ve added them to the new C-19 Page here. He invites you to ask any questions you may have on his tips or anything related to the pandemic. You’re also invited to share any tips or information you may have or that you’ve found useful.
We’ve just spoken with Bruce Phillips, and in light of increased social distancing he has canceled the Wednesday meeting that was announced in the flyer that was in our mail tubes. He has instead sent us something to publish here on our park website, and may offer further info & tips.
The SVMHA DPG (Disaster Preparedness Group) and website OC (Online Committee) have begun a new “C-19” section for our park on the site. There we will be providing information and resources, and coordinating direct assistance for owners and residents. You can find an introduction and link on the Home Page, or go direct to the new Page created for this pandemic by clicking on this C-19 link.