I received a clinician letter from the Maryland Department of Health today regarding the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). To summarize:
1) There are no lab confirmed cases in Maryland thus far.
2) Testing is recommended for those with fever, cough or shortness of breath, and travel to China within 14 days prior.
3) If you meet the above criteria, call ahead to your healthcare provider before being seen so precautions can be taken.
More info and updates from the Maryland Department of Health, including precautions, can be found here: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
On to my number one rule for exercise when you’re over 40 – don’t get injured! The key to staying healthy and fit as we age is consistency (in exercise and diet), and that’s also the most difficult part. I always recommend starting an exercise regimen gradually and don’t rush progression too much since the goal is sticking with it. This article has practical tips on avoiding injury:
School’s out and the season we’ve all been waiting for is here – tick season! I wanted to remind everyone that the best way to prevent Lyme disease is by covering up with clothes/spray and checking for ticks as soon as you can after coming in from outdoors. An imbedded tick that has only been present a short time can just be removed. If you think it’s been attached over 36 hours, call your doctor for a preventive dose of antibiotic like doxycycline.
How can I lose my belly fat? I get this question quite a bit, and I found this helpful article summing up all the research-based advice. Belly fat is not only a nuisance, but also a danger to your future health!
I received a measles outbreak update letter from the Department if Health this week. Just wanted to share the updates:
– Four cases in Maryland so far limited to Pikesville/Towson areas (zips 21208, 21209, 21215)
– MMR vaccine is given routinely at ages of one and 4-6 years old. This series provides 97% immunity. It’s not recommended to routinely test for immunity since having received the vaccine twice supersedes the blood test result.
– For those born before 1957, immunity is assumed since everyone in that age group was exposed to measles in childhood.
– Measles is VERY contagious so If you have symptoms of it (rash, fever, pink eye, runny nose, cough), call ahead to your doctor’s office or urgent care so they can prepare for your visit.
Ahh – I remember medical training with such fondness! There’s nothing like on-the-job training. I remember one time in residency that I walked an intern through doing her first paracentesis (which went fine) and the patient asked me afterwards if I was her mom!