COVID-19 Tips & Updates from Nurse Mason
October 5, 2020
Does wearing a mask help the person wearing it? We hear all about how it helps other people.
Masks are obviously most effective when we have a high percentage of people wearing them. Masks decrease the amount of virus expelled, so it helps the people around us when we wear ours. But does it help us? Research studies on all types of viruses have shown that if we can decrease our viral dose or load (the amount of virus that enters our body), the likelihood of severe symptoms decreases dramatically. If your exposure dose is very high, the immune system can become overwhelmed. Between the virus taking over huge numbers of cells and the immune system’s drastic efforts to contain the infection, a lot of damage is done to the body and a person can become very sick. On the other hand, if the initial dose of the virus is small, the immune system is able to contain the virus with less drastic measures. Therefore that person may experience few symptoms. So what can we do to decrease our viral dose? Wear a mask, wash your hands and don’t touch your face plus whenever possible keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people outside your household.
What are some other things we can do to help prevent COVID-19?
Eating a healthy diet is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections.
While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, healthy diets are important for supporting immune systems. Good nutrition can also reduce the likelihood of developing other health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.
Nurse Mason is an Oakland County Health Department nurse assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Academy to help us keep our STARS and their families informed and safe this year.
Caroline Mason, M.Ed, BSN, RN
Oakland County School Nurse