Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Are Weight-loss Surgery patients at greater risk for the Covid-19 Virus? Bariatric patients, both pre and post-op surgery, are definitely at risk. We have a 40% Obesity rate in America. With that comes serious health risks. Some comorbidities are diabetes, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, sleep apnea, and much more!
Let's face it; I can go into deep depth about all the Covid-19 facts, numbers, and predictions. But, I am choosing to write about what I feel will be beneficial to you at this crucial time. Panic and fear are not suitable for anyone.
COVID-19 is a Disease, Not a Virus
The actual Virus is technically named SARS-CoV-2
At this time, there is 'NO' immunity to it.
The way your body develops immunity to a virus is you have to be exposed. Only then do you build antibodies and have the ability to ward it off. The below is an excellent 📹 video for you:
Bariatric Weight loss surgeries will be canceled ❌because they are deemed 'Elective Procedures.'
CURRENT Weight loss Surgery Patients (1-12 months)
If you are at goal weight, but malnourished, start taking 💊 Vitamins ASAP
If you have low iron and low vitamin D, take your supplements.
If you are protein deficient, get more protein through food or shakes.
NEW Weight loss Surgery Patients: (1-3 months)
If you are newly post-op, sip, sip, sip, and get vitamins in as best as you can.
VETERAN Weight loss Surgery Patients: (1-20 years)
If you are a veteran and doing well, keep following your routine. Help others who need your guidance and tips.
✋ Please watch this video on hand washing, sanitizers, and cleaners. It's astonishing how many people don't know how to properly wash their hands. Now you do :) You are one step ahead!
What can you do RIGHT NOW with the Virus hype and fear?
If you are not taking your Vitamins, start now.
Meditate, Journal, Yoga, and any stress relief (lifetime has free online classes)
Help others (keeping within social distancing perimeters and ppe)
Do that one thing you have been putting off that you can do from home
Take an online course. Online courses are being offered for free. Linked in, etc.
Create a schedule for your day at home to keep things moving
Help our healthcare providers and friends by making masks and calling to see if you are able to help (Using your social distancing smarts, of course.)
FACTS NOT FEAR
(These are the statics at the time of writing this) Please visit CDC for current numbers
🌍Global confirmed cases: 438,789; total deaths: 19,675; total recovered: 111,895 (JHU)
🇺🇸U.S. confirmed cases: 55,243; total deaths: 802: total recovered: 354 (JHU)
🏆Olympics postponed about one year, Japan's prime minister says
💰Politicians have reached a deal on $2 trillion economic package
🇻🇳China to lift quarantine restrictions in Wuhan, where the coronavirus crisis began
📹 This is a COVID-19 recap from Dr. OZ and Jimmy's weird hand washing ways!
In Conclusion, YES Bariatric patients are at a greater risk for COVID-19. Follow the steps ABOVE to help yourself as much as you can.
📓 Please Comment below if you have helpful ideas for others in our Community. We would love to hear from you during this time as we work on flattening the curve.