Dear Members of the Vista Community,
I understand these are extremely troubling and unusual times for all of us. As an immunocompromised person myself, due to rigorous chemotherapy treatments in the past for lymphoma, I am taking the COVID-19 situation VERY seriously. Probably the biggest issue is the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus itself, what it can do, how it affects some and not others (mostly those under 18), and how widespread things can get both in our local area and beyond. The uncertainty can bring anxiety about health, family, employment, finances and having adequate healthcare. I am literally taking things hour by hour, as developments are happening so rapidly.
For now, our store remains open for normal business hours but as we monitor the situation this could change as things evolve. We will schedule any new thermography appointments towards the mid/end of April and afterwards. We are committed to keeping our store clean and safe for our customers and associates. Our calendar and events page will stay up to date as to what is happening here in the near future at https://vistanaturalwellness.com/events/ or you can call us at (201) 644-0840. And for now you can stop in to see us!
There are several things that I’m sure you have already heard, that are good measures for all of us to take to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Take steps to protect yourself (As per the CDC):
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinksIf surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Keep Your Immune System Strong
In addition to the above protective measures, doing what you can to keep your immune system as strong as possible will help, as your immune system is the first line of defense against viruses and other pathogens:
- Eating a balanced diet of high-nutrient natural foods including plenty of vegetables (lots of greens including spinach), fruits such as berries and citrus, legumes and nuts will provide a wide variety of nutritional support that your body and immune system needs to function properly. Avoid sugar and processed foods as those can compromise the body and immune system.
- Certain nutrients have been clinically proven to boost the immune system in various ways and/or help reduce the severity or duration of illness:
- Vitamin D (D3 in a supplement, or natural through sun exposure)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Oregano OIl
- DMG (Di-methyl Glycine)
- Maitake, Shiitake and other mushrooms
- Proteolytic Enzymes such as Enzyme Defense (formerly called Virastop)
- Getting good quality sleep of 7-8 hours/night
- To help with stress levels/help with anxiety:
- Talk therapy
- Exercise (but don’t overdo it – over exercising can decrease immune system function)
- Listening to/playing music
- Spending time with pets/animals
- Keeping in touch with loved ones by phone or online if not in person
- Being prepared and keeping informed, but stepping away when it becomes overwhelming
- Helping others who are struggling (without putting yourself at risk)
- Call on your health care practitioners with concerns/advice for support
For more information on the COVID-19 situation as it relates to New Jersey residents please check here: https://www.nj.gov/health/
We are all going through this together. We will all come through this together, as a community. We may need to do some hard work to get there. If I, or we here at Vista can be of help in any way, we will.
Please take care–
Owner of the Vista Natural Wellness Center