Category: 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Maintaining Home Health Care is More Essential Now than Ever Before


If you’re “on the fence” about whether home health care is appropriate during the current COVID-19 pandemic, bear in mind the experts say home health care agencies like Love My Nurse can be more essential now than ever.

Hospitals are under tremendous strain trying to ensure they have the space, the staff and the supplies to treat patients who have been diagnosed with the virus. It’s crucial for them to be able to focus on the treatment of those patients. Additionally, people who receive home health care are among the most vulnerable to the virus. Home health care agencies, like Love My Nurse, can be essential in providing services that keep beds free and patients out of harm’s way.

According to an April 2, 2020, online article on homecaremag.org:

“While the need for already-stretched hospital resources is not expected to peak, in many states, for another two to three weeks, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, it is imperative to prepare for the escalation of impacted patients.

“In the face of this unprecedented surge, home health care agencies are uniquely qualified to provide much needed relief to the nation’s health care system by caring for patients with chronic illnesses or post-acute challenges, who are well enough to be discharged from inpatient care but still require close monitoring and ongoing care—especially to help avoid rehospitalizations, which will only exacerbate the pressure on the system.”

Health care workers employed by Love My Nurse already take standard precautions to prevent transmission of pathogens and viruses, including proper hygiene, sanitation and personal protective equipment appropriate for the job, and we are taking even more steps to ensure those we serve are safely able to continue the treatments and interventions necessary to keep them in their own homes.

One new measure is the implementation of telehealth. Through a patient’s smartphone or other mobile device, our health professionals will be able to keep up to date on their condition and walk them through many types of interventions remotely. This will allow some patients to reduce the number of visits in-home while still maintaining in the safety of their home.

In short, there are a lot of steps being taken by Love My Nurse to keep patients safe and ensure the best possible outcomes for them.


Do your best to ‘Survive’ COVID-19 by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds


Legendary singer Gloria Gaynor posted a Tik Tok video, March 12, 2019, promoting proper hand washing technique. By singing the chorus of her disco hit “I Will Survive,” while thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water, you will meet the CDC guidelines for good hand hygiene.

Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive, hey, hey.


A message from Love My Nurse regarding COVID-19


At Love My Nurse, our primary concern is always the health, safety and well-being of our clients, employees and all their family members.

Because of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, we want to let you know we are increasing our already high standards. Love My Nurse closely follows the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local governments, and public health agencies. Our staff has been trained to uphold and practice the precautionary measures below:

  • Love My Nurse has made proper hand washing a priority.
  • All of our employees have recently been provided their annual training on Infection Control and Universal Precautions this year.
  • Sick team members are to stay home.

Love My Nurse is committed to keeping its clients and families safe in their own home, as well as its employees and their families.

If our organization receives updates that may impact our clients’ safety and well being or our ability to serve them safely, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Love My Nurse is prepared to move forward through these challenging times and circumstances with everyone’s safety in mind and will continue to provide helpful information on our website and through our social media accounts. 

Thank you.

The Love My Nurse Family


Keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic


IN YOUR HOME

All households

  • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals;
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their face and cover coughs and sneezes;
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly; and
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.

Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions

Significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; and conditions that suppress the immune system:

  • Have the healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to the person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the
    person, such as by feeding or caring for the person;
  • If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members; and
  • Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly.

Households with sick family members

  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed;
  • Have only one family member care for them; and
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions.

IN THE WORKPLACE

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting;
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email;
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes;
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly; and
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.

Be careful with meetings and travel

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible;
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces;
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings; and
  • Assess the risks of business travel.

Handle food carefully

  • Limit food sharing;
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts; and
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene.

Stay home if…

  • You are feeling sick; or
  • If you have a sick family member in your home.

AT SCHOOL

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting;
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email;
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes;
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly; and
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.

Consider rearranging large activities and gatherings

  • Consider adjusting or postponing gatherings that mix between classes and grades;
  • Adjust after-school arrangements to avoid mixing between classes and grades; and
  • When possible, hold classes outdoors or in open, well-ventilated spaces

Handle food carefully

  • Limit food sharing;
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts; and
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene.

Stay home if…

  • You are feeling sick; or
  • If you have a sick family member in your home.

Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf


Myths vs. Facts: 2019 Coronavirus


In an age where misinformation can spread as fast—or faster—than accurate information, please remember the best way to prevent transmission of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is through proper hand washing and good sanitation practice.

We at Love My Nurse believe it’s time to debunk the myths and learn some of the facts about COVID-19.

  • MYTH
    The new coronavirus will go away when the weather gets warmer (or gets cooler).

FACT
From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather and areas with cold weather. There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 97.7°F to 98.6°F, regardless of the external temperature or weather.

  • MYTH
    Taking a hot bath prevents the new coronavirus disease.

FACT
Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 97.7°F to 98.6°F, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you.

  • MYTH
    The new coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.

FACT
To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

  • MYTH
    Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus.

FACT
No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV.

  • MYTH
    Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will kill the new coronavirus.

FACT
NO. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

  • MYTH
    Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus.

FACT
No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are working to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, however a vaccine will likely not be ready for distribution for up to two (2) years. Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.

  • MYTH
    Regularly rinsing your nose with saline will help prevent infection with the new coronavirus.

FACT
No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.

  • MYTH
    Eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus.

FACT
Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. While eating mass quantities might help with social distancing by encouraging people to keep their distance (Ha, ha, ha), there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

  • MYTH
    Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus.

FACT
No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.