What to do if you may have COVID-19

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formally known as 2019-nCoV) is the name for the respiratory syndrome caused by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Only the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health labs are authorized to provide testing for COVID-19 in the U.S.

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor for the flu vaccine or visit your local pharmacy if you have not already been vaccinated. Coronavirus-19 presents with similar symptoms, so in order to protect yourself and others around you, vaccinate yourself!
  • Currently, CPL, Quest Diagnostics, or LabCorp are not allowed to run any tests, and all tests have to be run by the CDC through your local health department. If you are experiencing the symptoms below, please refer to this website for the Austin Public Health Department: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/health or call 512-972-5555.
  • Quarantine yourself for 14 days if presenting with symptoms.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or bent elbow (if tissue is unavailable), then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel to the following countries: China, Japan, Iran, Italy, South Korea.

You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

You can visit the CDC website for more information. Click here for a Coronavirus fact sheet. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Seek medical advice if you have traveled to China in the past 14 days and feel sick. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

You can visit the CDC website for more information. Click here for a Coronavirus fact sheet. 

Free Skin Cancer Screenings with Dr. Hollmig – March 25th

I am happy to announce that I am partnering with Dr. Tyler Hollmig, who is one of the top dermatological specialists in Austin. Dr. Hollmig will be offering free skin checks to my concierge members as a special, added value service on Wednesday, March 25th at our office. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Routine Skin Cancer exams are extremely important in detecting abnormal skin lesions early. Our skin is constantly evolving as we age, and extrinsic factors such as the sun can have a detrimental effect on our skin. Studies show that early exposure to excessive sun at a young age can potentially cause skin cancer later in life. To protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays, wear a broad-spectrum 30 SPF for higher sunscreen every day. Seek shade as often as possible and wear clothing that shields the sun’s rays as often as possible. 

Skin exams are recommended at a minimum of once a year, but with a personal for family history of skin cancer, skin checks are recommended more frequently. If you notice any suspicious spots on your skin or your partner’s skin, or anything that is changing, itching or bleeding, see a board-certified dermatologist.

Dr. Hollmig trained at Stanford University and is currently the Director of Dermatology Surgery and Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology for UT Dell Austin. He offers advanced, highly aesthetic and surgical reconstructions, along with Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, including treatment of wrinkles, sun damage, red and brown spots, scars, unwanted skin lesions, birthmarks, unwanted hair, and other aesthetic therapies. 

To learn more, either give us a call at 512-453-3542 or email us at info@partners-in-health.com to schedule your skin check today! 

Wednesday, March 25th 5:30 – 7:30 PM

*Offer for current concierge members of Dr. Roxana Rhodes only*

Flu still “widespread” in Central Texas

Well, the weather is a lot more spring-like that it was a few days ago with our dusting of snow. However, that does not mean that flu season is over – in fact, we are seeing a lot of cases. St David’s is reporting that this season’s flu – both strains A and B – is more widespread compared to last year (story here).

There are some practical steps you can take regarding the flu:

  • Wash your hands, and make sure surfaces are disinfected.
  • Get immunized – it is not too late.
  • Drink water – water can help strengthen your immune system, keeping the flu at bay (from webmd.com).
  • If you get symptoms – the CDC now recommends anti-virals for many patients. Contact our office quickly if you get symptoms – as the sooner you take these, the more effective they are.

Some people have asked about the effectiveness of surgical masks to prevent the flu and other viruses. The answer is “Maybe”, and they certainly don’t hurt. However, they are not 100% effective. If you are sick, they can help prevent you from infecting other family members.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day

Did you know?

The legend of St. Valentine has two popular theories.

1) Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

2) An imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl, possibly his jailor’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

Make today amazing for loved ones around you by loving yourself first. ♥

Valentine’s Day Painting Party on February 13th!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Partners in Health is proudly participating in American Heart Health Month.

Please join us for our upcoming Art for the Heart event on February 13th at 5:30-7:30 pm. Click here to RSVP.

It has actually been proven that art lowers cortisol (the “stress hormone”) in short time spans of  painting.

A local guest artist, Beth Rinke, will be present during this event showcasing her art. To learn more about the artist and her work, check out her website

Our office will be providing canvases, paint, and brushes to guide you through the painting of your personal canvas. Participants will be able to leave with the piece of art they created. ♥

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.
  • Visit with your doctor regularly.

 

ART for the HEART Event: February 13th!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Partners in Health is proudly participating in American Heart Health Month.

Please join us for our upcoming Art for the Heart event on February 13th at 5:30-7:30 pm. Click here to RSVP.

A special guest host will lead a step-by-step instruction of painting a canvas. Our office will be providing canvases, paint, and brushes. Participants will be able to leave with the piece of art they created.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.
  • Visit with your doctor regularly.

 

January’s Fitness Tip: Resistance Bands

Resistance Bands are an easy on-the-go alternative to working out at the gym. These bands are cheaper than most regular gym equipment and are easy to travel with. Resistance bands increase flexibility and decrease risk of injury due to the ability to control finer movements.

A set of 5 resistance bands can be purchased on Amazon for a low as $10! This set here includes varying strengths to optimize your workout needs. This single piece of equipment is all you need to create a remarkable range of exercises for the entire body.

  • Efficient Workout: Loop Resistance Bands increase the effectiveness of your exercises. Ability to use for a range of workouts, from glute and hip activation, strength techniques to integrate seamlessly with every workout program such as Yoga and Pilates. 
  • Multifunctional: The resistance band can be used to exercise all parts of muscles such as arms, chest, abdomen, glutes and legs, also good for Physical Therapy, Recovery or to increase Mobility.
  • Gym-in-your-pocket: The exercise bands take up little space so that you can use them at home or carry on the way, such as in office, on a vacation, even can utilize while watching TV at home.
  • Constant Resistance: Whereas free weights create a gravitational force, resistance bands work on creating a constant full range of motion for each exercise. This improves your coordination and balance as you build strength.

Click here for a more in depth look into practicing these exercises!

January’s Featured Recipe: Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can red beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium sliced onion
  • 1 can peeled tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Several pickled jalapenos (if desired)
  • 1 packet of chili seasoning
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning

Directions

  1. Saute ground turkey, onions, garlic and taco seasoning
  2. Transfer ground turkey mixture to a large pot with remaining ingredients – stir to combine
  3. Salt and Pepper to taste
  4. Bring chili to a boil and simmer for 3-4 hours (if wanting to slow cook) or serve immediately
  5. Garnish with preferred toppings

Garnishes: Avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded cheese

Free Skin Cancer Screenings with Dr. Hollmig – March 25th

I am happy to announce that I am partnering with Dr. Tyler Hollmig, who is one of the top dermatological specialists in Austin. Dr. Hollmig will be offering free skin checks to my concierge members as a special, added value service on Wednesday, March 25th at our office. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Routine Skin Cancer exams are extremely important in detecting abnormal skin lesions early. Our skin is constantly evolving as we age, and extrinsic factors such as the sun can have a detrimental effect on our skin. Studies show that early exposure to excessive sun at a young age can potentially cause skin cancer later in life. To protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays, wear a broad-spectrum 30 SPF for higher sunscreen every day. Seek shade as often as possible and wear clothing that shields the sun’s rays as often as possible. 

Skin exams are recommended at a minimum of once a year, but with a personal for family history of skin cancer, skin checks are recommended more frequently. If you notice any suspicious spots on your skin or your partner’s skin, or anything that is changing, itching or bleeding, see a board-certified dermatologist.

Dr. Hollmig trained at Stanford University and is currently the Director of Dermatology Surgery and Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology for UT Dell Austin. He offers advanced, highly aesthetic and surgical reconstructions, along with Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, including treatment of wrinkles, sun damage, red and brown spots, scars, unwanted skin lesions, birthmarks, unwanted hair, and other aesthetic therapies. 

To learn more, either give us a call at 512-453-3542 or email us at info@partners-in-health.com to schedule your skin check today! 

Wednesday, March 25th 5:30 – 7:30 PM

*Offer for current concierge members of Dr. Roxana Rhodes only*