Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
August 2020 Newsletter
It’s hard to believe that it’s already August! Hopefully, our schools will open and all kids can get back in the classroom where they learn the most. Healthy people under the age of 60 are the least likely to get seriously ill from Covid 19. The chance of children spreading this virus is nearly zero but they are still analyzing the data. Africa has had less Corona virus and the median age there is 20 while the median age in Europe is 43.
Megan Culler Freeman, a virologist and pediatrician at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, says kids are major spreaders of many other respiratory diseases.
"The kids are going to day care, they're going to school, especially the younger ones [who] aren't necessarily as polite with their coughs and sneezes," Freeman says. "So it's really easy for those diseases to spread."
Yet that's not what's been reported so far with COVID-19.
Freeman, who studied coronaviruses for her Ph.D,, says children are clearly susceptible to the other known coronaviruses that circulate each year during cold and flu season. Yet something different is happening with this new one."We've had a tremendous number of case numbers throughout both the United States and the world. And really a minority of those have been identified in children," she says. "Somewhere between 2 and 5% of all of the [reported] infections are in children under the age of 18, which is kind of amazing."Freeman adds there's also some research showing that the receptors in human cells that the coronavirus latches on to are less developed in younger people. (https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/06/20/880983822/coronavirus-mystery-are-kids-less-likely-to-catch-it-than-adults-are)
The shutdown has increased the calls to suicide hot lines by nearly 900%. The screenings for strokes have dropped 49% and the diagnosis of Tuberculosis worldwide has dropped 75% and domestic abuse is up 20% or more depending on who you read. Getting things re-opened and telling us the real truth about the validity of the testing and the real corona death rate is imperative. There is way too much bad information and scare tactics being used in our media. The real protection comes from having a strong immune system regardless of your age not masks, sanitizers and barriers.-CR
Dr. Gruhl’sHealthy Rules
It’s already been a month since Dr. Reese and I have been working together and the time is FLYING by! As I continue to get to know each of you, I am in awe of the incredible relationships you’ve built over the years. The healing that occurs for a patient by working with a doctor is as much a result of thetechniques as it is in the trust built between the two of you. Obviously, there is a lot of love & trust between everyone in this practice, and I’m humbled to become a part of it. Thank you to everyone I’ve met so far, and to those I haven’t, I look forward to meeting you soon.
It’s August, summer is in full swing, and more people are out running, biking, hiking, and moving our bodies. Coloradoans are well-known for their fitness and activity levels, but sadly it’s not the same in other parts of the country.In fact, the word “exercise” has a negative connotation to it, depending on where you live!J
I like the phrase “physical activity” because it includes activities like walking, gardening, and doing chores that involvelifting, pulling, climbing, etc. You might be surprised to know that physical activity is the single-most studied intervention in the medical literature. Exercise, definedas a mere 30 minutes of walking per day, is associated with all of the following benefits:
This is incredible! This would save hundreds of millions of dollars in healthcare costs! Why haven’t you heard this before? Why isn’t the government mandating physical activity in all our schools, hospitals, and workplaces?
Because nobody makes any money when you exercise! When there’s no profit to be made, no one’s interested in pushing it as a primary intervention. YOU can still reap the benefits, though! What’s most important is that you find something you like to do, and do it every day. Certain forms of exercise are better for specific outcomes, but in general, moving your body until you break a sweat every day is key.
See you in the office! – JG