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COVID-19 Update
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COVID-19 UPDATE
Dear HealthCare 365 Family,

We hope that you are all doing well and taking care of yourselves, your families and our greater community. Please practice social distancing and stay positive! We will continue to reach out periodically to see how you are managing during these unusual times.

Below is an update on our clinic operations and useful COVID-19 resources that Dr. Kohut would like to share.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms please call 911 immediately.
VIRTUAL CLINIC
We are continuing to work remotely from the safety of our homes and assure you all calls and emails will be responded to as usual by all staff. All phone calls for medical advice will be held remotely with Dr. Kohut, Tanya, or Erin.
OFFICE VISITS
We will only be seeing patients for concerns that Dr. Kohut determines an in-person exam is required and where no COVID-19 related symptoms are present. Only patients (and a guardian if necessary) will be allowed into the HealthCare 365 office. Please do not bring anyone extra with you.

Please contact our office to book these appointments and Dr. Kohut or Tanya will setup a time to meet you in the office.
COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT
If you are feeling unwell with any of the following symptoms please call Rhonda to talk with our medical team:
  • Fever, new cough or difficulty breathing (or a combination of these symptoms)?
  • Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose or diarrhea? Symptoms in young children may also be non-specific (for example, lethargy, poor feeding).
If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms call 911 immediately.

The Ontario government has a more detailed Self Assessment tool that can be seen here.
MENTAL HEALTH

Anxious thoughts and Emotions are Normal

Uncertainty leaves all of us feeling vulnerable. Everything from loss of our regular routines, worries about supplies,  apprehension about the future regarding finances, school closures, and how to deal with the kids  at home. These are all normal feelings. Your body may respond with negative thoughts and even with physical  sensations.  Accept  these.  Try to describe them to yourself, share how you feel with others,  do not judge yourself for having them and  then park them away.  DO NOT dwell on them.  You cannot change what is happening around you. 

If you find you are having difficulty managing these feelings, please call the office.

Create New Routines

Establish a new structure in your day, one that is predictable and has a sense of purpose. It’s not all about Netflix.  Have regular waking hours, regular grooming and mealtimes. Plan activities ahead. If available, separate the home into work and play areas, if you are working at home.   Have breaks to enjoy time together.  Use YouTube to learn new skills, and teach your family new skills. For example, simple things like learning to cook, how to use utensils, how to tidy up, do laundry etc. Play with your babies!

Continue Self Care

Get outside if you can. Spending time in nature is psychologically healing.  Get outside to garden, walk, run and play. Look up exercise routines on YouTube. Start off with 10 minutes.  Work your way up to 30 minutes. Base the intensity on your fitness and age.

Relationships

Although we are physically isolated, please stay connected. Reach out virtually, chat on the phone and Facetime. Have meaningful conversations, about life and feelings. The more you do this, the more the social connections will cement and likely remain that way going forward.

Isolation is particularly difficult for those living alone, in residential care, the elderly, and those individuals with cognitive issues. Please remember to call and video chat with these people in your life. Set up regular schedules among family members to do this and to take care of those more vulnerable than you. Please ensure those in isolation or that lack transportation have all their necessary supplies and offer to help pick up for them if you can.

The Positive Side of Stress

Stress and negative emotions are not all bad. Experiencing difficult times, and getting through them, makes us stronger, builds psychological resilience, and can tighten relationships and an appreciation for the important things in life.

RESOURCES
If you have any questions please call our office and speak to our staff.

Wishing you health, safety and enjoyable family time!

The HealthCare 365 Team
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