BluMine’s Eye on Healthcare

Healthcare Professionals and Wellness
December 15, 2018

BluMine’s Eye on Healthcare

Introducing “BluMine’s Eye on Healthcare”—our exclusive communication designed to cover information that we hope will be beneficial to you and your families. You can expect to receive this periodically from me or our team to keep you up to date on BluMine Health.

“BluMine’s Eye” will focus on a variety of health care initiatives and issues to keep you informed about prevention, best practices, practical living (exercise and nutritional food), as well as sharing with you what BluMine is doing by providing safe, primary health care to each of you and your families. Like many communications currently hitting your email, this issue’s focus will be practical actions centered around the COVID-19 pandemic. These are items you may have already adopted, but reinforced because they are having success!

It should go without saying, but let’s emphasize it again, ”BluMine takes the health and safety of our clients, our employees and their families very seriously!” Together we are the BluMine Team. A team mindset will get us through this pandemic as well as other challenges and opportunities together.

Healthcare Tips You Should Be Practicing Daily During This Time

  • Stay healthy at home! Getting a MINIMUM of eight hours sleep!
  • Avoid crowds and gatherings! Groceries and essential items should be your only trips!
  • Practice social distancing! Feels awkward when you see someone you know, but they are practicing it, everyone understands, so smile and keeping moving!
  • Know when to seek care! Call ahead for appointments so prescreen protocols can determine the necessity of a visit or if telehealth is the better option.
  • Wash hands and surfaces! Can’t do this enough!
  • Apply for benefits if you qualify! If you are uncertain, BluMine may be able to assist!
  • Prioritize mental health! Sometimes mental fortitude can create better physical health!
  • Do not travel unless absolutely necessary! Remember, groceries and essential items!
  • Report noncompliance to authorities! Just be sensitive and aware of the people in your surroundings!
  • Visit https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

“Symptom Checking” is becoming the next evolution COVID-19 lingo. With the Coronavirus, 2 to 14 days may be it’s incubation period after exposure. “Symptom Check” these items:

  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Consistent body aches and pains (similar to a flu diagnosis).

These additional symptoms should also be in “Check”:

  • Tiredness
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Chills
  • Loss of smell or taste

The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can be elusive and affect people on different ends of the scale, mild or severe. Some people may have no symptoms at all; or be “asymptomatic” as current publications are beginning to surface. People who are older or who have existing chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, or who have compromised immune systems are finding their bout with the virus to be the most critical and challenging. Once comparable to a single percentage notch above the flu, COVID-19 is proving to be non-selective with how it is affecting people in all age groups.

Reports are beginning to surface, and it is important to note, “a person may be asymptomatic and can still spread the virus by having high levels of the virus in their respiratory secretions”, according to the CDC. This aspect is becoming more apparent from the spread of the virus.

Methods of Prevention Are:

  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals. The less travel, the less likely for the contact.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Don’t just rinse’em off.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Make it habit for now and ALWAYS!
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene (i.e. cover your nose and mouth for coughs and sneezes). Remember what your parents taught you!
  • Should your “Symptom Check” result in the conditions we’ve listed, Self-Quarantine yourself for 14 days. No if, ands, or buts about it!

We want to remind you of the basics to care for yourself and your employees and dependents. We never want to forget those precautionary measures to protect ourselves and others. However, now is a time you should hear from the frontline.

Upcoming Webinar With Dr. Eric Yazel

We have scheduled a “BluMine’s Eye on Healthcare” webinar on Monday, April 13th at noon with our medical director, Dr. Eric Yazel. Join us for a Q&A session with Dr. Yazel to help navigate the enormous amount of information hitting our inbox daily. Mark your calendar.

To register, contact wellness@bluminehealth.com.

Please contact our veteran medical team members through your normal clinic relationship or by calling ahead if you have questions or experience unusual symptoms. We are at your service. BluMine is first, proud to be your primary health care provider, and second, your team member!