We here at SeeBeyond Medicine believe in wearing masks at all times and universal testing. The only way to beat the epidemic is for us to protect ourselves and to know who is infected and who is not.
We will continue to triage you via telemedicine and test when appropriate.
We have two kinds of test kits available.
To protect our staff and patients coming into our office, we will mail the test kits to you or you can have a healthy family member come pick it up.
At this point, we are providing most of our care over telemedicine. If you are coming into our office for an IV treatment, a blood draw or a sonogram, you will be asked to wear a mask and a pair of gloves.
We have limited 300 KN95 masks in the office. If anyone needs them, we will distribute them on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are more than happy to mail them out along with your supplements.
Join Dr. Stephen Dahmer’s group Zoom meeting this Wednesday LIVE from 2-3pm
Topic: COVID19 LIVE Q&A
When: April 1st, 2020 (Wednesday)
Where: ZOOM Meeting
Meeting Link: https://digiboon.zoom.us/j/574722078
Please send us your questions ahead of time to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. If I have been in contact with a positive person but am asymptomatic, how long will I be able to spread the virus to others?
14 days. You should self-quarantine for those 14 days to keep those around you safe.
2. Is there a test at your office to see if I had the virus and am now immune to it?
Yes, we are scheduled to get the IgM/IgG rapid test by Thursday. The test is a 15 minute test using one drop of blood. Past infection can be detected by measuring Immunoglobulin M and Immunoglobulin G in your blood. This test has a low false negative rate of 2%. So if this test comes back negative, it is accurate 98% of the time. If the test comes back positive, it’s a presumptive positive and a nasal swab needs to be done to confirm the positive. There are 4 other strains of non COVID-19 corona virus that can trigger a false positive.
3. I have been taking Elderberry tea, Black seed oil and D3. Are these protocols ineffective or harmful against Covid-19?
If you have already been taking these supplements you can continue. Do not start taking them now without knowing your Vitamin D levels or how you react to Elderberry.
4. What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?
KEEP YOUR KIDS HOME. Most children will only have a mild case (similar to a common cold or flu), and teenagers are likely going to be asymptomatic. They can still, however, spread the disease to you or other members of your family.
Children with Asthma, type 1 Diabetes and other chronic illnesses have a higher risk. Babies from 6 months to 12 months are vulnerable to infection. Their immune protection given by their mother at birth and during breastfeeding has faded, and their own immune system isn’t fully developed. According to a Chinese study of 2000 children, 60% of the 125 children who got severely ill were less than 5 years old.
5. Can a person test negative with a nasal swab and later test positive for COVID-19?
Yes. The nasal swab COVID-19 test has a high false negative rate. The rate depends on how well the test was conducted (like condoms!). You need another test thirteen days after you first had the initial symptoms to confirm the negative result.
6. Will I obtain immunity if I had a positive test?
Yes. Theoretically you have obtained immunity. You may get it again with a different variant of corona virus (like the flu).
7. What general nutritional advice would you give for someone who may have contracted COVID-19 or are trying to avoid getting sick?
Whole foods are always better than anything processed. Avoid all processed food. Using more superfoods, such as turmeric, garlic, ginger and mushrooms in your cooking can support your immune system. Vivid colored vegetables and fruits (red, green, blue, purple) have more vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Flavonoids, easily found in berries and onions are known to reduce incidence of colds and flus. Vitamin C has anti-viral effects as well as immunemodulatory effects. Use more lemon in your cooking. Eat more oranges, red bell peppers, kiwi, and broccoli. Fermented foods (like kimchi) and yogurt/kefir which increases probiotics have been found to reduce incidence of influenza and common cold in children and the elderly. Limit your alcohol and sugary drinks. Drink plenty of water. Have hot teas and warm fluids.
8. This situation has caused a lot of stress and anxiety for me and my family. What can I do?
9. Is it unsafe for me to take Ibuprofen?
Yes. It has been shown to increase the severity of the corona virus. If needed, take Tylenol or our supplement protocol for fever and pain. Curcurmin, SPM Active, and Inflammaway can be helpful in reducing fever and pain.
10. Is it safe for me to move in with my elderly mother? Or is it better to stay separated?
If possible, it is best to isolate yourself from your elderly family members. As social distancing will keep them safer from the corona virus.
11. What is cat’s claw and NAC?
Cat’s claw is a plant with antiviral properties and is an immune booster. NAC, or n acetyl cysteine, is an amino acid that helps with liver detox and clearing congestion. NAC is used in the Emergency Room for tylenol overdose and in end stage lung disease as mucomyst to loosen up the mucus.
12. Since masks are hard to come by, what suggestions do you have for reusing disposable masks and at what point do they become totally useless?
Disposable masks are meant to be disposed after every interaction but none of us have that luxury at this time. Surgical masks are fluid resistant and provide protection against large droplets, but they are loose fitting. N95s are fitted tightly to your face and provide better protection against small particle aerosols and large droplets. Both are generally okay to reuse until the form of the mask is ruined or the outer surface of the mask is compromised. Hospitals are setting up hydrogen peroxide vapor decontamination for reuse of N95 masks, but this is not something you can do at home to reuse your masks. Don't try to steam them or boil them. Instead, air them out and use them until the integrity of the mask is compromised.
13. How reliable are masks other than N95 models
N95 masks provide 95% protection. Other masks do not provide as reliable protection from inhaling smaller airborne particles and are not considered airborne protection. However, it is better to wear any kind of mask than no mask.
14. Does my recent bout of pneumonia in November put me in an additional at risk category other than age.
Yes. Your immune system is still recovering.
15. How much walking should I be doing daily?
8,000 steps a day or whatever you can tolerate.
16. I have a protein powder and each serving contains 200 IU of Vitamin D and 2500 IU of Vitamin A. Should I stop drinking the powder immediately?
If you have been taking it already, then it should be fine to continue. Don’t start taking it now.
17. How often can I receive an IV vitamin infusion to strengthen my immune system?
1-3 times a week
18. Should my child be receiving an IV infusion as well?
Yes. They can be but first they need to have a consultation first.
19. Will an IV vitamin infusion prevent me from contracting the coronavirus?
No, but it will help keep your immune system strong to fight it!
20. What is Gamastan and how can it help me during this pandemic?
Gamastan can help you if you have a weak immune system and have a known immune deficiency. Gamastan is immunoglobin G which establishes stronger immune regulatory pathways, providing passive immunity post exposure. We have seen great results using it for our patients post exposure or as an immune boosting treatment. There is no clinical research being done on Gamastan against COVID. Gamastan is generally used to provide protection against certain viral infections (hepatitis A, measles, chickenpox, rubella) for people who have not been vaccinated or have not had the infection before. It is also used to strengthen the body's natural immune system to lower the risk of infection for those with immunoglobulin deficiencies.