As restrictions ease up across the country it’s important to still take precautions and safety measures to stay healthy while trying to live a full life. Below are five suggestions to reduce the risk of spreading and infection.
Track your area’s health status. You want to know the percentage of positive tests in your community or state. When the rate stays at 5 percent or lower for two weeks, there’s most likely enough testing taking place to control the spread of the virus.
Limit close contacts. The safest interactions are with members of your household, but if you want to widen your circle, the key is consistency. Consider forming a “quarantine pod,” in which two or three households agree on safety precautions and socialize only with one another.
Manage your exposure. Think of your activities like items on a budget: You’ll have to make trade-offs, balancing higher-risk events and interactions, like a dinner party or a haircut, with lower-risk ones, like grocery shopping.
Keep riskier activities short. When making plans, think about how much open space there will be, the number of other people and the amount of time you’re likely to spend. Try to keep indoor events to under an hour, and always wear a mask during close conversations.
Don’t let your guard down. The advice we’ve heard time and again still applies: Practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and be extra cautious if you or someone in your circle is at higher risk.1
World Health Organization: How to protect yourself
Below is a short video clip that explains how COVID-19 is spread and how to protect yourself.
How can Tria help?
Tria Health provides chronic condition management, many of our patients are at a higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19, our pharmacists have been actively educating engaged patients on risk factors and the importance of prevention techniques. For members that have not engaged with Tria Health, but are at high risk, Tria Health is providing additional communication and outreach to stress the importance of good health management and how our pharmacists can be a valuable resource. And, as always, our help desk is available to all members. We are committed to assisting members with any questions they may have about their medications, risk factors or ways they can mitigate their risk. 888.799.8742
Unfortunately, with the spread of Coronavirus, the spread of misinformation has increased. It’s understandable to have anxiety with this current climate, but it’s also important to look to validated resources when searching for answers. One common claim we’ve seen spread as of late, is regarding the use of ibuprofen (NSAID) and having COVID-19.
Is It Dangerous to Take Ibuprofen to Treat COVID-19?
Both the World Health Organization and the FDA are currently unaware of existing evidence connecting the use of NSAIDS (Ibuprofen) with worsening COVID-19 symptoms. The FDA will continue to investigate the issue and report their findings when available.2 If patients are concerned, but require NSAIDs to manage their conditions, we recommend speaking with a health care provider and identify a possible alternative.2 While NSAIDs are not reported to worsen COVID-19 symptoms, it’s important to note that they do reduce inflammation and fever, which may diminish the utility of diagnostic signs in detecting infections.
What’s the Current Verdict? Overall, no direct recommendation for use of NSAIDs for COVID-19 symptoms until more evidence becomes available.2
Tria Health’s Pharmacists can Answer Your Questions
Tria Health is a no cost benefit available through select members’ health plans. Tria Health’s pharmacists are here to talk with patients about their risk factors for COVID-19 and ways they can mitigate risk. We are here to support all our members in their time of need. If you have any medication or COVID-19 related questions, please call our help desk at 1.888.799.874
Every year, on 31 May, the World Health
Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).
The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and
deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage
the use of tobacco in any form.1 This year’s focus for World No
Tobacco Day is “Tobacco and Lung Health”. The campaign will increase awareness
on the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to
chronic respiratory disease and the fundamental role lungs play for the health
and well-being of all people.
How Tobacco Affects People’s Lung Health
There are multiple ways in which tobacco can impact
an individual’s lung health, including:
Lung Cancer: Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix
of more than 7,000 chemicals. Many are poisons. At least 70 are known to cause
cancer in people or animals.2
Chronic Respiratory Disease: Tobacco
smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a
condition where the build-up of pus-filled mucus in the lungs results in a
painful cough and agonising breathing difficulties.1
Life-Course: If you smoke or are exposed
to secondhand smoke when you’re pregnant, your baby is exposed to harmful
chemicals too. This may lead to many serious health problems, including:
Miscarriage, premature birth (born not fully developed), lower birth weight than
expected (possibly meaning a less healthy baby), sudden infant death syndrome
(SIDS) and learning problems and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis (TB) damages
the lungs and reduces lung function, which is further exacerbated by tobacco
smoking. About one quarter of the world’s population has latent TB, placing
them at risk of developing the active disease.1
What Changes Can Be Made?
The WHO encourages governments worldwide to protect
people from the harms of tobacco. Their recommendations include:
The creation of smoke-free public places,
workplaces, and public transportation
Help for people who choose to quit tobacco, such
as toll-free quit lines
Implementation of plain packaging and/or
prominent and graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging
Launching effective anti-tobacco mass media
campaigns that educate the public about the harms of tobacco use and secondhand
Enforcement of comprehensive bans on tobacco
advertising, promotion, and sponsorship
Increased taxes on tobacco products to make them
e-cigarettes or vapes have tobacco?
They are not burned tobacco products, but they do
pose health risks. Know the risks.
Tria Health and Tobacco Cessation
For employers that offer Tria Health’s Tobacco
Cessation Program, Tria provides free confidential counseling with a clinical
pharmacist. If you ready to quit smoking, Tria Health’s pharmacist will assist
you in managing your medications and finding a treatment plan that works for