SEEING YOUR GP DURING COVID-19 & HELPING WITH RESEARCH…

Dr. Sarah Jarvis MBE, and Clinical Director at Patient recently wrote how we must NOT ignore any concerns about our own health or a loved ones health during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Whatever you are worried about, be it a lump, pain or an ongoing health condition, you should seek help through your GP. GP surgeries across the UK are open via phone or video calls so check your GP’s surgery to see how they are making appointments.

You can also arrange a remote GP & Pharmacy appointment through Patient Access in many locations. The Patient also has details on how to get the most out of your GP appointment.

Also on Patient is a link to contribute to COVD-19 research by telling the NHS about your current experience of COVID-19. There is also the app which I previously wrote about and I check in on it daily.

Download the C-19 COVID Symptom Tracker App and self report daily. Help slow the outbreak. Identify those at risk sooner. 

Take 1-minute to self-report daily, even if you are well to help the scientists identify high risk areas in the U.K. who is most at risk, better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions. See how fast the virus is spreading in your area. 

By using this app you’re contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads. 

This research is led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades. 

The COVID Symptom Tracker was designed by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a HealthPost science company.

They say ‘We take data security very seriously and will handle your data with huge respect. Your data is protected by the European Union’s “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR). It will only be used for health research and will not be used for commercial purposes. You can read more about how your data will be used, your rights and the steps we take to ensure it’s protected in our privacy policy or in the FAQ‘ 

You can read more at King’s College LondonBBC NEWS, The Guardian, and The INDEPENDENT

Available from the App Store or Google Play.

10 THINGS I WILL REMEMBER FROM THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN…

I’ve kept a brief diary and have ten things I will always remember I’ve done and seen during the COVID-19 lockdown. What are your top ten things you will remember from lock-down?

  1. I will remember the day when my daughter and her husband said they both had all the symptoms of COVID-19 and the total relief when they got through it.
  2. I will remember the local lady who popped a card through our door to say if we needed anything to phone her and she would go and get them for us and our neighbour with a nine-month-old who also offered the same thing.
  3. I will remember the mostly beautiful weather which seemed to be with us throughout and which would lift our spirits on a daily basis.
  4. I will remember the amazing people out there who raised money for the NHS in particular Captain Tom Moore, 100 years young, and the huge amount of money he raised.
  5. I will remember the Facetimes with my friends and family and especially the ones where we could watch our 8-month-old granddaughter doing something new and giggling at our funny faces.
  6. I will remember mentioning to my other half that I was missing my chocolate and then opening a parcel full of them.
  7. I will remember the online jigsaws I did which would take my mind off things and thrill me when I had finished a big one.
  8. I will always remember Thursday evenings at 8pm when we all clapped for everyone who has helped us get through this awful time.
  9. I will remember the daily walks we did in the countryside hearing beautiful nature sounds, some of which I had never heard before.
  10. And finally, I will remember cutting my hair by following a YouTube video and enjoying doing the same to my other half.

When I read through this list I can see it has been far from all doom and gloom and if I have learnt anything from the lockdown it is how easily we can all adapt during a crisis. We all realise that health is the most important thing and that everything comes second. I would really love to hear other peoples ten things they will remember from COVID-19, as I’m sure it would lift people’s spirits.

HELP SLOW THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 WITH THE SYMPTOM CHECKER APP…

Download the C-19 COVID Symptom Tracker App and self report daily. Help slow the outbreak. Identify those at risk sooner.

Take 1-minute to self-report daily, even if you are well to help the scientists identify high risk areas in the U.K. who is most at risk, better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions. See how fast the virus is spreading in your area.

By using this app you’re contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads.

This research is led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades.

The COVID Symptom Tracker was designed by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a HealthPost science company.

They say ‘We take data security very seriously and will handle your data with huge respect. Your data is protected by the European Union’s “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR). It will only be used for health research and will not be used for commercial purposes. You can read more about how your data will be used, your rights and the steps we take to ensure it’s protected in our privacy policy or in the FAQ.

You can read more at King’s College London, BBC NEWS, The Guardian, and The INDEPENDENT.

Available from the App Store or Google Play.

HOW TO EXERCISE IF ISOLATED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19…

We all know that one of the best way to prevent lower back pain is to exercise regularly and engage in strength training so that your core and back muscles are strong.

A regular stretching program to keep you limber will help too.However, if you already have back pain, contrary to popular belief, you still can and should start exercising to strengthen your body. You just need to take it slower and easier… but you need to exercise.In most cases, it’s the lower back that will hurt.

It’s also important to get approval from your doctor before engaging in any exercise routine when you’re suffering from a bad back, but putting that aside we all need to keep active during this isolation period.

If you are unable to take your regular walk then try and set aside an hour each day to do some form of exercise. If you can only manage walking then that’s fine just walk around the house. Count your steps to pass the time by or put some music on but try to dedicate some time to do this every day. It’s important for every part of your body to walk as much as you can.

If you think you can manage more than a walk then check out these six full body stretching exercises from the Real Simple website. Take time to focus on what flexibility may feel like. Stretching is an important part of fitness: It can improve your range of motion, increase circulation, and calm your mind—which may help fend off injuries and illness, as well as bring on a better night’s sleep. To limber up, try the following quick head-to-toe routine created by Dana Slamp, a senior yoga instructor at Pure Yoga, in New York City. Do the complete series once daily. Deepen each stretch with every exhalation, and stop if you feel any strain or pain.

The NHS has these links to home exercises –

Burn calories, lose weight and feel great with our 10-minute home workout routines:

Or, you could follow this YouTube video. Whatever way you decide even if it is just a few stretches twice a day every little bit of time you spend will be beneficial to your health.