Uday Jani, MD will present an immune-boosting, spirit-lifting approach to dealing with coronavirus at free community presentations 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, at Lewes Public Library, and 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 13, at Milton Library.
Bombarded by alarming statistics and dire warnings on a daily basis, it’s challenging for people to know what to believe about the coronavirus. Get the facts at Jani’s presentations this week at Lewes and Milton libraries, where he’ll address the issues candidly, factually and most important, hopefully.
“There’s a great deal of misinformation surrounding this right now, and when people have sniffles, they fear the worst,” he says. “But the fact is that if you have not traveled to an affected area or been in close contact with someone who has, there’s very little chance you’ll get the coronavirus.”
Additionally, there are a number of proactive steps people can take to lessen their personal risk of becoming ill, according to Jani, a leading local internist and integrative medicine specialist.
“Boosting your immune system helps you resist not just the coronavirus, but the flu and other respiratory infections prevalent at this time of year,” he says. “Basic measures, including eating healthy, sleeping well, managing stress, and using certain herbs and supplements, are enormously beneficial to maintaining overall health.”
Denise Demback, local practitioner and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, will join Jani to present an update on Chinese herbs and supplements being used to effectively enhance the immune system and help fight COVID-19. These include astragalus, elderberry, vitamin D3, mushrooms and garlic.
“Natural ways to build up your immunity provide an alternative approach to prevention,” says Jani. “There is no vaccine yet available for COVID-19, so the best way to prevent illness is to try and stay healthy, as well as take everyday practical actions to stop the spread of germs.”
CDC’s recommendations include:
• Get a flu shot if you haven’t already done so.
• Wash hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Jani will also cover the most frequently asked questions and concerns he’s hearing from patient and members of the community - travel safety, what to do if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, how to assess personal risk, where to find accurate updates on community spread, and why a positive mental attitude is essential to prevention.
“If you’re continually worried and stressed about catching the virus, that in itself can negatively impact your immune system,” he explains. “But if you do everything you can to stay healthy, trust that your body will have the power to help fight the virus. Right now, that may be the best prescription anyone can write.”
Dr. Uday Jani is in private practice at Shore View Personal Care in Milton, where he blends the best of traditional, integrative and functional medicine. A board-certified Internist, Dr. Jani believes in treating the whole person - not just the disease - utilizing an evidence-based integrative approach. He completed an Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and training at the Institute for Functional Medicine. For more information, call 302-684-0990 or go to www.udayjanimd.com.