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Wellness Wisdom from the FPC Health Ministry Team

July 21, 2020

As we continue to warrior on and miss each other, I hope this email finds you well, safe, and finding ways to connect with your loved ones and friends.  I have tried to space out my wellness wisdom emails in order to keep my eyes open for new, helpful information and not inundate you with Covid-19 information.

I was thinking that the “mask topic” has been done enough…until I ventured out and saw how many people are still wearing their masks incorrectly!!  As much as I would like to share some of the funny cartoons I have come across, as I feel they may get the point across better than words, you will have to settle for these Do’s and Don’ts taken from Betty Long of Guardian Nurses.  I am sure while most, if not all of you, are wearing your masks correctly, I feel compelled to share these tips once more. I encourage you to share these tips with others. If we are going to do our part to keep ourselves and our community safe, we are called to do it correctly.  And yes…scientific evidence does support that masks combined with social distancing and correct handwashing does curb the spread of coronavirus!

Here are Some Do’s and Don’ts:

DON’T: Wear the mask below your nose.

DON’T: Leave your chin exposed.

DON’T: Wear your mask loosely with gaps on the sides.

DON’T: Wear your mask so it covers just the tip of your nose.

DON’T: Push your mask under your chin to rest on your neck.

DO: Wear your mask so it comes all the way up, close to the bridge of your nose, and all the way down under your chin. Do your best to tighten the loops or ties so it’s snug around your face, without any gaps.

And once you’ve figured out the correct position for wearing your mask, follow these tips to stay safe:

Always wash your hands before and after wearing a mask.

Use the ties or loops to put your mask on and pull it off.

Don’t touch the front of the mask when you take it off.

For residents of apartments, put the mask on and remove it while inside your home. Elevators and stairwells can be high-contamination areas.

Wash and dry your cloth mask daily and keep it in a clean, dry place.

New things are being learned every day, but the best current advice to protect yourself and your community is “the triple threat”…wash your hands correctly, use social distancing, and wear your mask when appropriate.  If you are in need of a mask our Health Ministry still has some available. Please contact Dawn.

Hand Sanitizer Recall

FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that they have seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. The ingestion of methanol can lead to serious side effects and death. If you would like more information follow this link to the FDA website for complete information.

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol?

Have you located extra sanitizing wipes??  If you would like to donate sanitizing wipes to FPC in preparation for our eventual re-opening please contact Dawn or the church office.

Blood Donation

With the current restrictions on blood mobiles and donation sites, the need for blood donation is more critical than ever.  FPC will be looking into safe ways to have a blood drive this fall.  Thank you to those who donated at the July drive. It was a VERY successful combined effort and Miller Keystone was very grateful for our participation.

The use of Convalescent Plasma from donors who have recovered from Covid-19 is currently being studied to aid in the treatment of critically ill Covid patients.  If you have tested positive for Covid-19 , recovered and have been symptom free for 28 days or more and are interested in learning more about donating plasma you can go to  https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/donate-covid-19-plasma

Information can also be found on Miller Keystones website at www.giveapint.org/covid-plasma

Ok…are you ready for a normal summer health topic?? I read an interesting fact from Main Line Health on tick related illness.  According to the most recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania leads the nation in confirmed Lyme disease cases. Of the more than 28,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease diagnosed in 2018, 33 percent were in Pennsylvania.  With even more people doing outside activities it is a good reminder to follow these tips to protect yourself and your family before heading into tick prone areas.

Use insect repellent with 10-30 percent DEET and reapply every 2-3 hours. Spray on exposed skin, keeping it away from your hands, eyes and mouth.

Cover as much skin as possible if you will be in a grassy or wooded area. Tuck your pants into a pair of long socks to help protect your knees, legs and waist.

Perform tick checks. Ticks can move easily from pets to people. They can be anywhere but the most common areas to find them are around your hair or ears, under your arms, behind your knees or between your legs. Yuck! Make sure to check clothing and bags as well.

Keep your yard tidy. Keep your yard free of tall grass, overgrown shrubs and leaf piles or clear an area designated for gardening or play.

Know the signs of Lyme Disease and notify your family doctor immediately if you have them. Early symptoms include a fever, rash, fatigue and achy muscles and joints. There is often the “bull’s-eye” rash but not always.

As we continue to support and care for each other please remember, if you are in our vulnerable population or have an essential need, our Pony Express team is still active and able to help.  Please contact Dawn at [email protected]  or the church office. Messages are being checked often.

Even though we are not together in person yet, we are together in spirit and here for each other.  As said by one of our graduates in the outdoor service, “We are not alone. Rely on each other and God, even in the darkest times, He is with us.”

Prayers for continued health in mind, body and spirit,

Dawn and your health ministry team