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Health and Wellness Update #5 from Dr. Valentino

April 16, 2020
Health and Wellness Update #5 from Dr. Valentino

I know many of you are overwhelmed with often-conflicting information on coronavirus and COVID-19. As a doctor and researcher, the health of the bleeding disorder community is my highest priority. Every Thursday, I will be sending you vetted, trusted information about the pandemic and information you can use to keep you and your family safe. This information will also be posted on the NHF website at www.hemophilia.org.

If you have specific questions about COVID-19, please send them to NHF and I will do my best to address them in the next issue.

 

What People With Bleeding Disorders Should Know

Join us on Friday, April 17th at 6:00pm ET for NHF's townhall webinar: Stress and Anxiety: Coping During COVID-19.  Everyone is experiencing stress right now, but stress can manifest in different ways, both mental and physical. Sandra Valdovinos-Heredia, LCSW, MSW of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Jhon Velasco of NHF, and Leonard Valentino, MD, CEO of NHF will cover the ways stress can affect you, explain different signs and symptom, and together, we’ll practice two strategies to tackle stressors and become more mindful during this time.

Register today at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HJp4K3dUScGTvs3xjW8yvw

 

Pharma Companies Form Alliance to Fight COVID-19
A group of international pharmaceutical companies, including CSL Behring, BPL Group, Octapharma and Takeda have formed an alliance to develop a treatment for COVID-19 based off human plasma derived-therapeutic proteins obtained from donors with high titers of certain type antibodies.

https://www.hemophilia.org/Newsroom/Industry-News/Industry-Forms-Alliance-to-Develop-Potential-Treatment-for-Patients-with-Serious-COVID-19-Complications

 

Clinical Trials of an Oral Agent That Targets the Injury Seen With Coronavirus to Begin Later in the Spring

Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health are developing a treatment that has shown to prevent severe lung injury in mice affected with coronaviruses related to COVID-19.

https://www.genengnews.com/news/clinical-trial-evaluating-oral-drug-against-coronavirus-expected-to-start-later-this-spring/

 

Coronavirus Precautions for Daily Living
While public health officials are urging Americans who are not essential workers to stay home as much as possible, it is still necessary to get groceries, visit pharmacies, and perform other necessary tasks. The CDC has issued guidelines on how to conduct these necessary tasks in a safe manner.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html

 

Interactive Graphic on How Epidemics Spread – and How to Contain Them
An easy-to-understand graphic display of how epidemics spread in populations, and how mitigations such as physical distancing can help end them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/health/coronavirus-how-epidemics-spread-and-end/

 

Health and Exercise
Many of our regular exercise options, such as going to the gym, have been curtailed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article explains some simple exercises that are suited for people with bleeding disorders, and can be done at home.

https://hemaware.org/mind-body/back-basics

Be sure to join us next week for our webinar focused on staying physically fit during the pandemic.

 

Mental Health
With so much frightening news in our homes, kids can experience stress and fear that they might not know how to deal with. PBS Kids has some helpful resources, including videos and songs, that can help parents find ways to help their kids manage and express their feelings.

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-you-and-your-kids-can-de-stress-during-coronavirus

 

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Did you miss last week’s townhall webinar on Telehealth?

You can watch last week’s webinar on how what to know about telemedicine here.

 

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