Health

As a nurse and clinical researcher I have spent 57 years caring for the sick and wounded. It is not pretty. Illness stinks, disability is burdensome, and all are costly. We die older all the time. If you knew you were only going to be able to buy a car every 25 years would you care for it differently than you do now? Well, body beautiful can be yours for perhaps as long as 95 years.

 

And that means that how and what you do with it in the interim may be totally in your own hands. Sometimes you are dealt a different hand and the quality of life is something you have no control over.

VA Healthcare for Military
If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.

Easy Ways to Apply for Enrollment

The very first step in obtaining access to your VA Health Benefits is to apply for enrollment. Effective immediately, Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, can complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed paper application. All other Veterans may apply by phone starting July 5, 2016.

When Veterans choose to enroll, VA offers an enhancement to their enrollment experience through “Welcome to VA” (W2VA). W2VA enhances communication by reaching out to newly enrolled Veterans through personal phone calls upon enrollment, providing assistance with health care inquiries and assisting with their initial appointment at their preferred VA healthcare facility. In addition, VA sends each new enrollee an introductory letter and personalized Veterans Health Benefits Handbook in the mail.

For more information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook, visit:

https://www.va.gov/health/

To file for VA health care:  https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Let’s not get neurotic or fall prey to the fake news about this illness. Up to date (every 10 minutes) international statistics from website https://ncov2019.live

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

 

Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface.  A novel (new) coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. 

This coronavirus seems to have originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It crossed species from seafood and meats at open markets to humans.  It is currently deemed primarily spread human to human.  Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of other countries.

For daily information about spread of COVID-19 go to the CDC web site for accurate information.  Contact you local Health Department for information, cancellations, school closure in your own state and community

Protection is prevention using simple everyday precautions:

  • Wash and frequently with soap and water or alcohol-hand wash.

  • Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing or cough into elbow to avoid spread including your own hands.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness.

  • Suggest masks be worn around others

  • Keep at least 6 feet between individuals with and without symptoms in confined areas

  • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs purchased from open markets.

Avoid hysteria or blaming ethnic individuals or groups for a virus which is requiring everyone's commitment to control. We saw the effect of the AIDS epidemic on festering bias and blame. Reporting on coronavirus from Wuhan

Fake news promoting crematoriums and news of mass deaths in hospitals in China is meant to antagonize and cause fear. Use reliable resources for information about the status of Coronavirus through the WHO (World Health Organization), the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and CDC (Center for Disease Control).

The Weekly with Wendy Mesley                        Real News  

250 Million Quarantined - 1.5 Million Dead    FAKE NEWS

11 Feb 2020

Links:

Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

National Institutes of Health

https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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