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Coronavirus updates. What Your Thompson Pharmacist Wants You to Know.

How long can the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 survive on surfaces?

A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to:

  • four hours on copper
  • up to 24 hours on cardboard
  • up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall. But most often they will fall more quickly

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Taking care of our elderly at risk population:

The overall fatality rate for the corona virus may be 12 to 24 times higher than the flu death rate:

  • 6 percent of people 60 or older infected with Covid-19 die
  • Biggest spike starts at 70-79yrs with a 9.8% chance of dying
  • And patients over 80 years of age have an 18% chance of dying.

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How CONTAGIOUS is the Coronavirus:

  • Coronavirus is 2-3 times more contagious than the flu.
  • 1 person with flu infects 1.3 people (10 people with flu will infect 13 people)
  • 1 person with COVID-19 is 2-3.1 (10 people with Coronavirus infects 31 people)

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Here’s what we are doing at THOMPSON PHARMACY to minimize exposure to our staff and patients:

  • We recommend you use our drive thru and delivery service whenever practical.
  • Please use credit cards (best if phoned in to minimize contact)
  • Wash hands with soap and water every hour. Our staff does it on a scheduled basis.
  • We disinfect our countertops, pin pads, signature pads every hour
  • COVID flyers—are available at the pharmacy
  • We enforce 6 feet rule at pick-up/drop-off counter, for your safety as well as our staff’s.
  • Synchronizing your medications and deliveries. You should try to get as many meds as possible when you come to the pharmacy or request delivery.  Our pharmacists can help you get as many meds as possible with our med synch program.

Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Reports from France recommend not using ibuprofen, because their study showed it decreases the body’s response to COVID-19.  The World Health Organization and the FDA do not follow this recommendation.

Since many of our elderly patients already have problems with Type-2 Diabetes and Heart Disease, we recommend that Acetaminophen (Tylenol) be used to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 (aches, pains, fever).  Acetaminophen will not worsen heart or kidney disease. Until we get more data about using ibuprofen, we recommend acetaminophen as the safest choice.

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Hand sanitizer is in short supply.

  • In the meantime, if you have rubbing alcohol available pour into a CLEARLY LABELED spritz bottle and use.
  • Hand sanitizer contains 62.5% ethyl alcohol, and rubbing alcohol is at least 70% ethyl alcohol.
  • Isopropyl alcohol will kill even more germs than ethyl alcohol.
  • Make sure you are using a hand moisturizing cream, as using alcohol will dry out your skin. Use alcohol and hand sanitizer only when soap and water is not available.

Our buyers are making every effort to replenish our supply of hand sanitizer, but for now we made a special purchase and have on sale liquid hand soap.

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Should I wear a mask? —(if I can get one!)

The simple answer for most of our patients is “probably not”.  Masks should be worn if YOU are sick, to decrease spread of germs when you cough or sneeze.  If you are not sick, surgical masks offer little protection from you getting the virus.  Most of us are not accustomed to wearing masks and touching your face to adjust a mask you are wearing INCREASES your chance of contamination. Let’s reserve N95 masks for the health care professionals who truly need them. A great resource on masks is the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

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Final tips from your Thompson Pharmacist:

  • For now, wash your hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds!
  • Minimize your contact with the public
  • Make sure to follow six feet social distancing
  • Rely on Thompson Pharmacy for all of your health care needs and information