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Posted by Dr. Alda Ngo

COVID-19 Measures

The WHO has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic and we are urged to respond.

At Whole Family Health, we are taking extra preventative and cautionary measures to help protect the community. 

We are applying extra sterilizing protocols (more than usual!) and we are asking those who have the following symptoms to please stay home:

runny nose
sore throat

What is COVID-19

From the WHO Website:

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.

Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Why We Should Be Concerned

From what we  understand the issue is that there are more cases than are reported / tested.

There are more mild cases out there undetected but just as contagious. So the rate of spread is exponential and huge numbers are hitting suddenly. 

The concern is that our medical systems become overwhelmed and that we are simply not equipped to help everyone who requires it.

Most people who contract coronavirus will only have mild symptoms, but it’s estimated that about 20% of people are susceptible to more serious disease presentation. 

We must do our part to reduce the transmission of the the virus. 


Wash your hands
for at least 20 seconds (sing the alphabet)

(Reasonable) social distancing
keep a distance of at least 1m from those who are coughing or sneezing

Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth
this is an easy way for the virus to enter your body

Follow respiratory hygiene
cough/sneeze into your sleeve

Stay home if you have any symptoms
especially dry cough, difficulty breathing, fever, runny nose

Avoid travel

Boost Your Immunity

Get enough sleep
Aim for 8 hours, but not less than 6 hours

Reduce sugar intake
Refined sugar depresses the immune system. 

Eat a variety of fruits and veggies
Whole fresh foods are full of bioavailable nutrients to help optimize metabolic processes and boosts the immune system.

Take Vitamin C
Talk to you health care provider for dosages (we often recommend minimum 500mg 3x daily for prevention during an outbreak.)

Consider taking Chinese herbal medicines
The Beijing Health Commission stated that ‘Traditional Chinese medicine has played an active role in improving the recovery rate and lowering the mortality rate among patients,”…” 87% of coronavirus patients in Beijing had been given traditional medicine and 92% of those had shown improvement.”

Traditional Chinese Herbal Formulas are customized for every individual. They can be formulated to help boost the immune system or to treat presenting symptoms.

Our herbalists are available for herbal consultations in person for immune boosting or via video-call for those presenting with symptoms. 

Please note that herbal remedies are subject to availability from our dispensary.

In Summary

The most effective measures are social distancing and hygiene. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

We are happy to do all that we can to support community health!

In Health,
The Whole Family Health Team