Covid-19 vaccine

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Long-awaited trials on a vaccine are now over with multiple trials now complete and signed off for roll-out with UK and US beginning their plans first. Below are a few of the common questions asked as it is perfectly normal to be anxious, worried or want to know what the vaccine is or does.

What does the vaccine do?
The vaccine helps protect you from the major symptoms of coronavirus and you may only have a mild form of the virus

How is the vaccine received?
The vaccine needs to be administered in two separate doses a few weeks apart. This does mean two trips to the local vaccination centre.

Are there any side affects?
Sometimes but these have been advised to be mild such as swelling where the injection was inserted, headache or feeling tired or a fever.

When will I get my vaccine?
This depends on where you live, but most countries will be rolling out a schedule starting with the most vulnerable such as Elderly, health care workers and anyone with health problems that are really at high risk from coronavirus. Refer to your governments website for details where you live.

How does it work?
The vaccine trains the body’s immune system to recognise the virus and help it to defend itself against a future attack.

For further information and detail please refer to your local healthcare website, especially if you have questions over the Covid-19 vaccine.

Facing a mask reality…

Face coverings have now become quite normal when you leave the house for essential journeys, work or to go to the supermarket. Is this the new normal when it comes to Coronavirus as well as social distancing and washing hands?

For those with a respiratory condition or disease it can be uncomfortable but it is bearable and face masks are there to protect one another from catching any infection when passing people even outside queueing or coming into contact with those you do not normally meet. Some people may be exempt due to their conditions but being extra careful outside the house as masks can help to stop infections spreading.

If you have any doubts read your local government or state website for full details on rules, restrictions and regulations where you live. Any other doubts concerned with your health condition then please ask your doctor for more advice.

If you require medical oxygen to assist your breathing then OxygenWorldwide are still on hand if you would like to contact us for any needs of supplying medical oxygen.

Medical oxygen shortages

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Due to Covid-19 medical oxygen has become very difficult to get hold for patients in developing countries such as Africa and the Middle East. Medical oxygen is an essential medicine and should be available to all. Covid-19 has brought an extra constrain on a much needed supply across the world.

Medical oxygen supplies relies on its local infrastructure as it is very costly to transport so these countries have seen their supply gap increase.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought medical oxygen to the table and much needed for all the wards across the globe.

OxygenWorldwide have great connections across the world and can also supply medical oxygen for use in your home for after-care of any other medical conditions. With an extensive team of knowledge and 24/7 communications we are here to help give patients the essential medicine they need. Contact us today for a quote.

Breathing at home with Covid-19

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Coronavirus is becoming less of an ‘unknown’ virus and more of we at least know someone who has it or has recovered from it. If you are able to see loved ones this Christmas and New Year please be careful and if you require medical oxygen for breathing you can still do this in the comfort of your own home.

A huge part of recovery is being surrounded by the things you love, the people you recognise to look after you and just being calm in your familiar surroundings. If you find yourself or someone close to you in need of medical oxygen after covid-19 then our team can help.

OxygenWorldwide has been arranging and delivering medical oxygen for over 20 years around the world. Portable oxygen concentrators can be used safely in and around your home so give you the freedom to move around your home or at least be comfortable.

Contact us for a proposal or for further information here

Spread some joy this Christmas…

Merry Christmas

For Christmas this year it is very different but we would like to shine a light to everyone across the globe to look after one another during this time and spread some joy.

Remember to get in touch with loved ones, reach out more to those that may be alone this Christmas and be there.

Here is to 2021 and thank you to all our friends, customers and colleagues for all your support during 2020.

Is Covid-19 here to stay?

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Like many we are all just want to leave 2020 behind and have an immense desire to put this challenging and ever-changing pandemic behind us. As we draw close to the end of the year it seems to have swooped in and taken this dream and all we have been working together towards an ending. Now there does not seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel and we will need to adapt and change to Cvoid-19 being here to stay.

How will we cope?

Well this will mean it will be very normal now to have masks and face coverings, social distancing and washing hand and sanitiser will also become ‘the new normal’. Our future plans will now need to become adaptable and with challenges and changes become opportunities. Do not let what is happening now affect your future. There are ways to be creative, think outside the box and still maintain all what you want to achieve. (within regulations!).

Once herd immunity and the vaccine roll out sets in we will be able to hopefully make more concrete plans of international travel, see loved ones and once again begin our adventures. For now it feels as if time has been put on pause with Covid-19 but as with everyone across the world – we will get there, it just not be the same as before.

Tips to help stop Covid anxiety

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There has been a mixed amount of emotions this year as we approach the end of 2020. People have never felt so much with stress, worry, anxiety and also having to abide by rules and regulations regularly changing. As we look ahead and begin to see an end to Covid-19 in terms of going back to a ‘normal way of life’ whatever that may be. For those who deal with not only a daily struggle having this anxiety on top cannot be avoided. But with the year drawing to a close it is as important an ever to make sure you handle these emotions correctly. Here are a few top tips to help with anxiety especially as coronavirus has been a worldwide pandemic all year – much longer than anyone could have imagined or be prepared for.

  1. Sounds obvious but talking about your worries is good! Many of us feel like we don’t want to pester others close to us with our thoughts or feelings. Most of the time it also helps the person you are talking to too and aids to feeling calm, voicing your worries and understanding the feelings. It’s good to talk or even write to someone close.
  2. Ignore scare-mongering – There is always a lot of media hype, articles or online sites that may not be factual. Always stick to recommended advice from websites and Channels that do not add to your feelings. Fact is what is needed when something so big affects your life. It also stops you from being overwhelmed or even confused.#
  3. Focus on today – it is true that when you may be anxious it is easier to manage when you focus on the right here and right now. Do not worry about the what if’s or tomorrow. Be strong and wake up feeling strong and in control of what today will bring.

It may feel like a long road but anxiety can be managed and you can be in control. Focus on what works and is right for you. With coronavirus and Covid-19 affecting everyone in every country it is a major factor that we need to address especially when dealing with a huge range of other day to day issues. Remember your loved ones and people close to you and that you are strong enough.

3 Christmas quarantine ideas

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This year will certainly be a different Christmas for all. Many of us will have to be at home or choose to be at home. Many of us will have to choose ‘who’ we spend Christmas with due to logistics, regulations or simply because we don’t want to mix households.

Even though we may be at home more this festive season it doesn’t mean the Christmas cheer has disappeared. Even more reason to up the festive spirit and we have a few ideas for you:

1. Decorate lots – this year most people have started early on the Christmas decorations and most trees have been adorned with fairy lights, baubles and tinsel. Remember to decorate more this year so you really feel in the festive mood. There are a lot of DIY ideas online or many stores selling everything sparkly. Immerse your home into a winter wonderland as you will be at home more this season.

2. Home baking – Now we all learnt a lot more about baking during the lockdown but now you can put your cooking skills to the test with fun food. Reindeer cookies, snowball cocktails or fab nibbles and treats for all the family to enjoy.

3. Games – games are not only fun they really get everyone involved (as long as no arguments!). It is good to get some competition going, mind thinking and also helps to pass a good amount of time. Maybe have a nice prize for the winner on hand . If you prefer to enjoy a game on your own puzzles are great, not only are they satisfying once the picture starts to take shape and you aim for completion of that last puzzle piece.

Whilst at home check in on your well-being

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Support is always around you and especially as we continue to shield indoors at home make sure you do the following to maintain your well-being and positive mental state:

– Talk – video call, text message or call your friends and loved ones and keep in regular communication. You will feel in touch with people and what is going on

– Look after yourself – make sure you are getting exercise, go for a walk if you can if not make sure you follow some at home exercises in your living room or from your chair

– Plan your supplies such as shopping and to avoid others right now and if you are high risk order online. If you need help ask a family member to set up your account and order for you each week

5 ways to spread Christmas cheer…

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Christmas has come around so fast this year for everyone. It is time to spread cheer amongst one another hence why we have seen to many people jump onto Christmas planning, decorating so early! It may be the only period on which we can see loved ones.

It is a time of uncertainty still, anxiousness and frustration for many especially those who are separated by countries. It has been a long year for all and it is time to speak a little cheer and have something to look forward to. A few ideas to make Christmas special this year:

1. Make and decorate your own festive wreath, it can be fun to do and there are so many options from traditional festive wreaths to more modern takes

2. Donate to charities instead of sending Christmas cards this year – many are doing this to help support charities at a time when fundraising has been difficult for vital research and support

3. Make sure you call or even better video call your nearest and dearest if you are not planning to be together. A conversation and talking goes a long way when you may be feeling lonely

4. Support local independents – it has been a struggle for many small shops and restaurants to try and stay afloat so this year if you do buy gifts buy local

5. Baking is very therapeutic for many plus after your hard work you get to enjoy a treat or even share with your neighbours! There are many recipes out there to feed your festive spirit from mince pies and Christmas puddings to reindeer cookies, roast dinners and even make your own mulled wine!