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COVID-19: From Kanab's red hills to NYC's Ground Zero
From the USA epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic at a New York City hospital emergency room, Kanab’s Lynne Hewett, RN, wants her hometown to know: “Staying healthy and keeping up a strong immune system through good nutrition is very important for everyone, young and old, to help combat this virus.”
She urges everyone to: “Take your health seriously. Take lots of vitamins, especially C, D and Zinc. Drink lots of water. Eat healthy food. Stay away from sugar – viruses grow best in a sugary environment. Until this wave of contagious spread passes, you must give your body the ability to fight the virus.”
Lynne, with over 30 years of experience as an emergency room nurse, is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in NYC. Lynne took a leave of absence from her job as a flight nurse with Commercial Medical Escort, to return to NYC and work in ER at this difficult time.
Her first week in NYC was “…chaotic, exhausting, intense and overwhelming at times.” For example, Lynne says, “We have a long 12-24 hour turn-around time before the COVID-19 test results are posted. By the time the test results are known, some patients have already died, even though we were already intubating and placing multiple patients on ventilators.”
Lynne and her medical co-workers are seeing first-hand what seems to be a pattern with the patients who are really sick. “Many of the people arriving at the hospital with symptoms of COVID-19 have underlying prior conditions of diabetes, obesity, poor nutrition.”
Amidst the ER turmoil in NYC, Lynne thinks of Kanab and her husband, Omar Davis, and all of us here in this remote community. She repeats her mantra: “Stay healthy!”
Healthy people may have no symptoms at all, or symptoms may be mild – a stomach ache, or diarrhea. No matter what your age, no matter if you have no symptoms, take the recommended precautions so you will not infect someone else.
Lynne remains very optimistic. “This difficult time will soon pass, and I can return home to life in Kanab. But for the moment, my help is needed here in NYC.”
We send a special Kanab “THANK YOU!” to Lynne Hewett, RN.