Even though the SARS-COV-2 virus has now been around for several months, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding it. If you’re worried about COVID-19 and are dealing with mold illness, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), or another condition involving immune-system dysregulation, check out this talk from mold and environmental illness expert, Dr. Lauren Tessier.
Dr. Tessier is the Vice President of the International Society for Environmental Illness (ISEAI) and runs a private practice, Life After Mold, in Waterbury, VT.
In her video, Dr. Tessier shares tips for:
- Appropriate distancing when you’re out in the world, why it’s so important to wear a mask, and how to safely clean your mask
- Staying safe through proper cleaning of yourself, your stuff, your home and your car. (Ozone can be a powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral tool. Dr. Tessier mentions Scent Crusher tubs which you can use at home for cleaning belongings, food, and more. And remember, ozone is irritating to our lungs. Use it only in a well ventilated area, or even better, outside)
- Starting a victory garden! Grow your own food, spend time outdoors, and get your hands in the dirt to stay grounded and connected
- Herbs and supplements for immune support
- Herbs and supplements for anxiety support
- Breathing exercises
- Symptoms to watch for, and when to talk with your doctor
- .. and more!
Dr. Tessier reminds us that this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. We know that fear and social isolation negatively impact our immune systems, so it’s important to be gentle with ourselves and take actions to support both our physical and our mental health over the coming months.
And while this is a challenging and uncertain time, there are still some bright spots! All this social distancing has allowed more things to go virtual, providing greater accessibility for those with chemical sensitivities and environmental illness. And as more people are experiencing the need to protect themselves against an invisible threat like the SARS-COV-2 virus, mask wearing may become (at least a little) more socially accepted here in the US.