Fall is here and winter is just around the corner, which means common cold season! In times before COVID, we could expect a healthy kid under six years old to have 6-8 colds per year. But this year is anything but typical. With increased social distancing and masking, experts predict a decrease in common cold infections. Still, most of us can’t stay in a quarantine bubble forever and kids aren’t the best at avoiding germs. It’s important to understand what works and what alluring remedies are not proven to be effective. Since the common cold and COVID-19 can present with similar symptoms,... Read More
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This year has been all about resetting expectations and understanding that our celebrations and holidays will be different than in years past. That doesn't mean they won't be fun or enjoyable, but it does mean that they will require a little more planning and caution compared to last year. Instead of focusing on how this fall will be different than previous years, instead focus on finding some new activites that fit within our current state of COVID.
It's still important to social distance from other people, wear a mask and keep washing your hands and using hand santizier. And as... Read More
Family dinners over Zoom. Learning how to use grocery delivery apps. Cancelled vacation getaways. This isn't the summer most of us had planned!When life is full of changes, you want your health in trustworthy hands. The Everett Clinic, part of Optum, is serious about providing extra support to cope with the unexpected. We continue to offer: A variety of virtual care options and home visits Proactive outreach to members at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 A free app (Vivify) to track vitals and symptoms for... Read More
The forest fires have caused dangerous air pollution which can harm anyone including healthy people, but especially children, teens, people with asthma, COPD and other lung diseases, anyone over 65, has diabetes, high blood pressure, or has suffered a heart attack or stroke.
Exposure to poor air quality can lead to both short-term and long-term health problems.What to do Follow the Air Quality Index at AirNow.gov website. Healthy air quality index should be less than 50. Stay indoors as much as you can if the index is... Read More
With the PNW summer now on its final stretch and back to school right around the corner, many families and educators are feeling their anxiety skyrocket. Here are four tips you can use right now to help bring your anxiety back to earth.Get out of your head: Anxiety doesn’t start with thoughts; it starts with believing those thoughts. Try to make a conscious effort to not believe the thought and notice your anxiety gradually go away. After all, a thought is just a thought. Label, describe, and rate your anxiety: Take ownership of your anxiety and call it what it is. Then... Read More
As we watch the news, it seems that summer is not bringing what we thought was promised in late winter - the end of the pandemic. Cases are going up across the nation, instead of down. Summer, typically a carefree time, is instead strained by canceled vacations, worries the next school year, financial struggles, lost jobs and concerns about keeping well. The anxiety that was stoked months ago has proven to have some undying embers.
In my discussions with families at their checkups, the typical topics of eating, sleeping, development always come up, but now we inevitably meander... Read More
Beginning June 26, 2020, a statewide mandatory face covering order went into effect. Every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering.
When you visit our Clinics, our teammates will be wearing masks, and you will also be required to wear a mask. The Everett Clinic supports universal masking and following the... Read More
These have been trying times for our community. Whether you’re missing your grandchildren or your friends from your Silver Sneakers classes—we’re all longing to get back to “normal.” I know I can’t wait to be in my clinic and seeing my patients again.
It’s thrilling to see our community take baby steps towards reopening. As we begin to resume many of our daily activities, it’s vital not to delay any needed care. This isn’t the time to neglect your health!
I’m sure you might feel some anxiety about coming in to see your doctors. Will I be safe? What if others are... Read More
It’s easy to run out of things to fill your day while weathering the storm of social restriction. Routine keeps us grounded and give a sense of stability. Use this list of activities to add healthy routines to your day. Try to schedule 5-10 activities, write out your list and celebrate your accomplishments.
1. Accept today
2. See this time as an opportunity to create a few new healthy routines.
3. Make a schedule for the day or tomorrow (include active and passive activities)
4. Brainstorm ways to improve your career
5. Plan for your future
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Social isolation is tough and now during this pandemic, it’s become almost mandatory. You can’t go to your normal support groups. You can’t attend your counseling or doctor’s appointment. You can’t see your sponsor or friend. What you can do is choose how you respond to your substance urges.
Whether this is day one is your recovery or day 4,647, the world around us is causing additional stress and that’s difficult. Try these steps to help you through an urge to use.Surf the Wave
There is a wonderful therapy called Dialectal and Behavior Therapy (DBT). One of the skills in... Read More
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