COVID-19: Intro to an Integrative Doctor’s Approach to Everything from Risk, Prevention, and Safety, to Commonsense Natural Medicine

Updated 3.21.20

Most of us are old enough to remember the onset of HIV in the US, as well as the SARS and H1N1 pandemics – the latter not very long ago. Perhaps few of us are actually surprised about the latest on the scene of new viruses to worry about: novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus. Given the history of the new diseases we’ve seen in the past few decades and their devastating impact, endless predictions by scientists of a doomsday infection sure to strike at some time, and no shortage of zombie apocalypse movies which seem to make light of collective fears – it’s been on all of our radars. But this has gotten real. And it's done so really fast. It's gone viral in the truest sense of the word. In literally two weeks we went from wondering whether this was going to come to the US, and whether we should still take our spring breaks, to full on pandemic. It's naturally terrifying for so many reasons.

But how scared should we be? And what should and can we do to protect ourselves and our family, and take care of ourselves should we contract it?

Over the past weeks, many of you have reached out to me with questions about COVID-19 including: What do we really know about COVID-19?  How serious is it?  How much of a risk are we at?  Should you travel?  Is there anything you can do to protect your health?  Are there lab tests you should get to help you protect your health from COVID-19?  Should you be trying to ‘boost’ your immune system? Are there natural medicines that can support you in doing this and are they safe?  When should you seek medical care if you suspect you have this infection? And are there reliable medical information sources for updates and emerging information?

On this page, I do my best to answer these questions for you so you can have a safe, sane, sensible approach, and both greater confidence – and discernment – as you evaluate what we’re being told in the media, and on social media, wellness blogs, and by health practitioners in the health and wellness online space.

My background in sharing this is as a Yale-trained MD, with an internship in Internal Medicine at Yale and residency in Family Medicine at Tufts. As such, I’ve spent extensive time on hospital wards caring for patients in infectious disease and intensive care units, and have also worked in an international setting taking care of patients with serious infectious diseases. Furthermore, I have no economic horse in this race. I am absolutely not promoting any products for treating COVID-19, nor selling educational, supplements, or other content related to it.

On this page, in response to your requests for my opinion and knowledge, I the latest information I can find to share with you, and a critical assessment of  what I know about COVID-19, and also home care and natural care for it, at this time.

Each topic is addressed in a ‘mini-blog' that I'm rolling out and updating over the course of this pandemic.

I hope you find this helpful, with perhaps reassuring guidance based on what’s known at this time about how to best protect and care for yourself and your family. Keep in mind, this is an emerging and evolving situation. I will do my best to update this page weekly, and will correct any information if guidelines or understanding of COVID-19 significantly changes.

The most important things you can do right now are:

  • Choose your COVID-19 information sources carefully.
  • Follow precautions for prevention of infection and disease spread.
  • Stay connected with those you love and your community – even if only virtual connection is possible.
  • If you have children, make sure to talk with them so they're getting accurate information from you and you're helping them to manage their fear and anxiety.

Wishing you health and peace of mind and this crazy time,

Dr. Aviva

To read all of the articles in my COVID-19 series, click here

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Thank you! Very helpful to have this information especially with your work on preventative care.