As of today, Wednesday, March 25th 2020, William Paterson University will serve as a testing site for COVID-19 from 9am to 12pm for all Passaic County Residents with a doctor’s prescription.
In addition to the new testing site, Mayor Andre Sayegh has ordered all parks to be closed. “ Out of abundance of caution , I am closing all Paterson’s parks. I must continue to emphasize the importance of social distancing. If we can continue to be disciplined, the situation will be less difficult,” Mayor Sayegh announced.
In recent updates, it has been declared that there are now 12 identified cases of COVID-19 in Paterson. It is important to follow the right procedures in social distancing and hygiene.
1. When shopping, you should have gloves and a face mask on, if accessible. Be sure to stand at least 6 feet away from others.
2. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Watch video below for how to properly wash your hands.)
3. Do not touch your face, eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands.
4. Be mindful of others! If you are not feeling well: seek medical attention.
5. Remain calm! If you are following the right procedures and are in good health, there is no reason to worry.
In light of the stresses that come with a pandemic such as this, it is important to be mindful of hypochondriasis, which can be known as illness anxiety disorder or health anxiety. Hypochondriasis takes place when one begins to worry excessively about their state of health. With COVID-19 rising, many begin to feel the symptoms of the illness due to the anxiety of contracting it. It is possible to feel symptoms psychologically as opposed to psychically.
6. Research substitutes for products that are no longer in stock: products that can substitute Lysol or any disinfectant are vinegar, rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. All these products are still in stock and can be found in your homes.
Some Wise Facts to Avoid Contracting the Illness.
W.H.O. (World Health Organization) recommends not using any form of anti-inflammatory medication, as it could worsen effects of the virus. Anti-inflammatory medications are as listed: high-dose aspirin, ibuprofen (advil, motrin and midol), Naproxen (Aleve and Naprosyn).
Linda B. White, MD, recommends the following to strengthen the Immune system: get proper sleep, avoid tobacco smoke, drink less alcohol, eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Consider probiotics and get plenty of sunlight.
After going out, clean your phone with alcohol.
Mayor Sayegh shared that his core priority is to protect his city and wishes for its citizens to stay safe, smart and strong.
Visions will be sure to provide more updates as they come. Stay diligent.