Transcript for Dr. Jennifer Ashton on self-care during the coronavirus pandemic: Part 2
Joining us now doctor Jan Ashton our dear friend and chief medical correspondent you've been answering questions tirelessly for us. Tonight we're focusing on the human told the stress means ID so much of which surrounds testing and president trump talk today. About the idea itself swapping why is that so important I think we've heard so much GQ about testing and then as people start to have symptoms. That anxiety of not being able to get a test can be massive. So the talk today about moving toward self testing Selz swapping. Is so important because data shows as it can be very effective in testing for the flu. End it doesn't it doesn't expose the health care workers like the nurses. Two corona virus and it preserves those PP's those personal protective equipment so I think that. That is going to be hopefully approved by the FDA soon and those PPE so. Important in this fight and I'm hearing that. Home testing kits might come online soon well I think that we can expect to see that sooner rather than later no exact timeline. But again the goal would be for people to be able to do that swap at home. Put it in the mail turnaround time could be as short as 24 to 48 hours and with so many people working from home or stuck at home people are feeling cooped up and stressed out. You've written a book about self care why is it so important. To make sure we take care of ourselves I think it's more important now than ever -- we have to connect what's going on above the next to the rest of our body and while there's a lot of attention on washing our hands. I heard a psychologist recently say we have we have to have a mind wash and so self care. Is essential because it gives us kind of a roadmap to take care of our mind and our sphere it and that in turn affects how we are physically as well how do you ensure. That you get a good night's rest meditation has been shown to help sleep massively and getting a little bit of physical activity I even if it's just twenty minutes. Is really really important again for your whole physical health but also for your mantle while again and you have been digging into the scary statistics the scary headlines and that you are saying. Sometimes humor. Is the best antidote I think it's a fine line you know we've seen a lot of funny posts on social media and even means. About the corona virus pandemic we do it to remember that. People are very sick people have died because of this people are losing their jobs so it it's serious it's not to make fun of but humor can definitely be a way to release some anxiety you know humor and laughter is is important as a purge valve. And how do you keep a routine when everyone's routine has been thrown out the window how important structure. And when everybody's online the kids are schooling online here online how do you. Unplug I think now more than ever when literally everything in our world seems to have been paused or affected. Or are blown up by this pandemic. That structure is more important than ever because it shows us on a really emotional level that some things are the same. That in a situation where it can feel like you're out of control. Where the situation is out of control there are some things in your control so I think that structure is really important I know for me I lean on that happily and you had two kids at home you came up with a chart yeah absolutely did I told them listen I'm not your cruise director your entertainer here. I expect you did to help out with some responsibilities and don't tell me your board has I'll give you something to tell me doctor ten Ashton thank you my friends are at of the affair and and remember to tweet us your questions with the hash tag ask Nightline.
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