It’s been a whirlwind these past few weeks! How are you doing?

The photo featured above was originally posted on @wearemauihealth Instagram page, photo by Raysha Mamala.  Here is what the caption said:

Can you hear us now? Please, please, please- follow our state and county’s lockdown orders! If not for your own health and safety and that of your own family, then for our caregivers who are the only people that can save lives if/when we need it. Without our healthcare workers, what will happen? Please protect our #healthcareheroes and #stayhome! They’re doing their job, now let’s do ours.

This COVID19 coronavirus pandemic has affected many areas of our lives. It has caused not only a health crisis but an economic crisis as well.  Now, we are all trying to do our part in preventing the spread of this virus so this comes to pass.  And we are all praying that this pandemic passes quickly.

In this post, I would like to share with you a letter to the community by one of our Island Doctors, Dr. Stephanie Yan, MD. You can also find her on Instagram at @islandFamilySurgeon I think it is very important to share this with our community. It is also very important that we do what she recommends:

To the Community,

We don’t have a lot of immediate control on the number of tests done, contract tracing and isolating COVID19+ persons, but we can give ourselves agency in reducing the spread of the COVID19 disease and  in reducing the bad outcomes from the disease by:

1) Social distancing and following Stay-at-Home and Shelter-at Home regulations – The photo featured above was originally posted on @wearemauihealth Instagram page, photo by Raysha Mamala

2) Wear masks when we can’t socially distance from others.  We can make masks that are reusable and ones that stay dry to protect ourselves and protect others from us who may be unknown carriers (those with symptoms and those without symptoms) when we can’t socially distance like at the grocery store.

3) Based on proposed theories on how the virus causes severe disease,  here are things you can do to stay out of the hospital:

A) Plenty of exercises– move your muscles to boost up your immune system AND it also to keeps up your fibrinolytic system (the system that breaks up clots in your vessels). Sitting around makes you prone to clotting. And this COVID19 disease might be severe in people more prone to clotting. Get moving!!! #1 way to avoid severe COVID19 disease.

B) Take Vit C, hydrate well and have plenty of food rich in Vit C. Vitamin C has been shown to help prevent blood clots.

C) Get plenty of sunshine on as much skin as possible. Sunbathe up to 15 minutes at a time. If you sunbathe longer, put on sunblock. Get out in the sun to increase your production of Vit D.  Vit D has been shown to decrease your risk of blood clots.

D) Get plenty of fresh air. Open up all your windows and doors. Make sure fresh air is flowing through your house. Sleep or rest outdoors as much as possible.  Anecdotal stories in past flu pandemics showed doctors who treated their patients in areas with fresh air and good sunlight had patients doing better than those patients who didn’t get fresh air and good sunlight.

E) Avoid smoking, nicotine, not moving, and excessive carbs/sugars and saturated fats (these increase inflammation and makes one prone to clotting).

PLEASE share these with others! Thank you

*THIS POST WAS UPDATED 4/7/20 to include the photo of the ER Staff at Maui Memorial Medical Center and  Stay Home Youtube video by Every1neHawaii

Here is a snapshot of the Covid-19 cases in Hawaii as of today:


BEACH PARKS ARE CLOSED.  solo walk at the beach for exercise is allowed. I took some videos during my solo walk to share with you:




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