Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Between 194 and 198 million doses of flu vaccine have been prepared for the 2020-2021 flu season in America, and it’s more important than ever for people to get vaccinated this flu season as the nation continues to battle COVID-19. Learn more about this year’s vaccine and how you can get it.

If you love nature, you’re in good company. About half of Americans age 6 and older went outside for at least one activity in 2017, with jogging and running as the most popular ventures. Maybe that’s your thing—lacing up your sneakers and going for a run. Or perhaps you prefer hiking, biking, swimming or an organized sport.

Whatever it is that lures you outdoors, coming down with a sunburn or getting lost can put a serious crimp in your day. No thanks!

Good thing you have this handy guide. Read on for tips so you don’t get attacked by bears or end up with horrible sunburn or a painful bout of chafing.

Before you go: Know Your Rights & What to Expect at the Doctor & in the Hospital

Tips & advice for neurodivergent, autistic, gender-diverse, and trans people about finding & going to doctors — A downloadable guide prepared by the AWN Network (awnnetwork.org) and the LGBTQ Task Force (thetaskforce.org)
Research and community storytelling reveal
that autistic and trans people experience major health disparities in access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes for physical and mental health care. Many of us also experience discrimination, prejudice, and bias in doctor’s offices and hospitals, even in clinics meant to serve marginalized communities.
For autistic and trans people who haven’t had reliable access to health care, the processes of finding providers and knowing how to plan for disability-related access needs can be scary, confusing, and complicated.
The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and the National LGBTQ Task Force are excited to share a guide for trans autistic people called Before You Go: Know Your Rights & What to Expect at the Doctor and in the Hospital.
This guide will help our trans and autistic community members know better what to expect when going to doctors or hospitals, understand rights and responsibilities, and strategize for safety planning, effective communication, accommodations, and more.

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COVID-19 Etiquette: 6 Common Conundrums (And A Printable Pocket Guide)
How do you tell a stranger to be better at social distancing? What do you do when a backyard gathering suddenly has one too many unmasked guests? This episode walks through the new rules of etiquette during COVID-19.

from Malaka Gharib/NPR

Last week, I was inside a convenience store, and a deliveryman was stocking up sodas in the refrigerated aisle without wearing a mask. It made me feel uncomfortable. We were in a small, windowless space together. If the deliveryman had been sick and shedding virus, it could have easily spread through the air inside the store.

As I waited in the checkout line, I felt my anxiety growing. What should I do in this situation? Should I say something?

That’s when I could have really used the advice of Elaine Swann, founder of the Swann School of Protocol, an etiquette training institute. She trains people on good manners, for example, how to engage in small talk or which fork to use at the dinner table. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she has been helping people navigate some tricky new social dilemmas — like my convenience store situation.

Although we are living through a pandemic, says Swann, people still want to treat each other with kindness and respect — and “conduct themselves so that they’re not offending others, not hurting other people’s feelings.”

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That’s probably why I felt so awkward about speaking up at the store — even though my own safety was at stake, I didn’t want to offend the deliveryman. After talking to Swann, I learned two solutions I could have deployed in that scenario. I could have asked the person with authority, the cashier, to direct the deliveryman to wear his mask. Or I could have popped out of the store until the deliveryman was finished, then popped back in again.

Swann, the author of Let Crazy Be Crazy: Then Politely Get What You Want, Get Your Point Across, and Gently Put Rude People in Their Place, talked to NPR about how to tackle six common COVID-19 conundrums.

Print And Fold Your Own COVID-19 Etiquette Guide

You can print out a mini-book — or zine — with some of etiquette expert Elaine Swann’s advice. Fold it using these directions (courtesy of The Oregonian). Keep it in your back pocket, or give one to a friend.

A hand holds a zine titled “A Pocket Guide to COVID-19 Etiquette with Elaine Swann” that features an illustration of a Elaine.
Zine by Malaka Gharib/NPR, Image by Becky Harlan/NPR

A hand holds a zine open to two pages. One page reads “Do use “we” and “us” when making a request. It shows mutual consideration for everyone’s safety.” The second page reads “Don’t lecture others about pandemic safety. It makes people less willing to comply with your request.” Both pages show people acting out these directions.
Zine by Malaka Gharib/NPR, Image by Becky Harlan/NPR

A hand holds a zine open to two pages. The first page reads “Don’t police other people’s behavior unless your safety is at risk.” The second page reads “Do ask a person with authority to help enforce pandemic rules.” Both pages show people acting out these guidelines.
Zine by Malaka Gharib/NPR, Image by Becky Harlan/NPR

A hand holds a zine open to two pages. The first page reads “Do what you can to protect yourself. Remember: You can’t force people to change their behavior, but you can control your own.” The second page reads “Do have a conversation before going to a socially distanced gathering to set up some ground rules.” Both pages show people acting out these guidelines.
Zine by Malaka Gharib/NPR, Image by Becky Harlan/NPR

A hand holds a zine showing the last page. The page reads “Bonus Advice: Do keep your used mask off the dining table. Put it … in pocket, in purse, under napkin for easy access — You’ll want to put it on when the server comes by.” The page shows people acting out these guidelines.
Zine by Malaka Gharib/NPR, Image by Becky Harlan/NPR

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1. How do I tell somebody — especially a stranger — to step back because that person is just too close to me?

Swann says this is the No. 1 question people ask her. Your first inclination is to yell out, “Step back!” or “Get up off me!” she says — but those reactions aren’t exactly polite, and they’re likely to escalate the problem.

Instead, she says, try to use words like “we” and “us” in the request. For example, “Let’s just put a little bit of space in between each other while we’re waiting in line.” This shows mutual consideration — you’re thinking about how your behavior is affecting their health — and hope they are concerned with your safety too.

Panel 2
Malaka Gharib/NPR
If you ask in a kind manner, people are likely to do as you ask, says Swann. More often than not, people want to be respectful of others.

But if you start lecturing about pandemic safety or take on an abrasive tone, they might not be as willing to comply. They might “feel like they’re being chastised” or perceive your request as an attack on their moral character — that they are someone who does not follow rules. That might offend the person or make them feel defensive — and ultimately, the person might refuse your request.

Takeaway 1: Show mutual consideration.

2. What if I ask a person to keep their distance or put on their mask — and they say no?

“Then, do what you can to protect yourself,” says Swann: Turn your face away from that person, step over a few feet, walk in a different direction.

Takeaway 2: Protect yourself.

3. It makes my blood boil when I see people not following the pandemic guidelines. Can I intervene?

Panel 3
Malaka Gharib/NPR
“If their behavior is not affecting you, let it go,” she says. “Folks are getting into these arguments and kerfuffles because they’re trying to get folks to comply with the pandemic guidelines. Stop trying to do that if the person does not want to comply. You have to let crazy be crazy and leave them alone.”

The only time you should speak up, she says, is if it’s directly affecting your safety. Then you can try using some of the “we” and “us” language in her suggestion above.

Takeaway 3: Let it go.

4. What if I’m at a socially distanced outdoor gathering and, after a few hours, people start to bend the rules a little bit?

Try using the “we” and “us” language if it’s just happening with an individual, says Swann — saying to the person, “Let’s make sure we stay in our little sections over here.”

But if it’s happening partywide, alert the host, she says. The person in charge has the authority to enforce the pandemic guidelines. Swann suggests: “I noticed that people are starting to get relaxed with the guidelines. I thought I’d bring that to your attention.”

Panel 4
Malaka Gharib/NPR
If the host does something about it, then great, says Swann. “But if the shift doesn’t happen and you’re uncomfortable with the environment, then wrap it up. Just say, ‘You know what — I’m gonna head on home now. I had a great time.’ “

Resist the urge to get on your soapbox, she adds. “Don’t make an announcement and say, ‘Nobody’s following the rules, and therefore I’m leaving’ — then slam the door on your way out.” You want to make sure that your relationships make it to the other side of the pandemic, she adds.

Takeaway 4: Take yourself out of uncomfortable situations — and remember to preserve relationships.

5. A friend invited me to hang out. How do I know whether it’s safe to do so? We might not be on the same page with the pandemic protocols.

Don’t make assumptions about how people are following the guidelines, says Swann. Some people, for example, feel safer staying at home, while others live as if the virus didn’t exist. So ask a few questions in advance, she says. For example: “I wear a face covering when I’m around others. How do you feel about wearing face coverings? Is that something you’re doing? Is this going to be a social distancing affair?”

Panel 5
Malaka Gharib/NPR
Listen to what they have to say. “Then take a moment to step back and ask yourself whether it is something you feel comfortable with,” says Swann. “If not, say, ‘Thank you so much for the invitation, but I won’t be able to make it.’ “

And don’t push them to change their plans to fit your level of comfort, she adds. “This is not the time to police our friends and our family members. Instead, we should curtail our own behavior and make decisions on what’s best for ourselves.”

Takeaway 5: Don’t assume.

6. BONUS ADVICE: What the heck do I do with my mask at a socially distanced meal?

When you’re eating, take the mask off completely, says Swann. And, she adds, “don’t have it hanging from one ear.” You’re going to be chomping and chewing and drinking and talking in the duration of that time, so it doesn’t make sense to try to wear it at the table, she explains.

But don’t even think about putting your used mask on the table, says Swann. Aside from the germs, it’s a major etiquette no-no. In general, she says, “nothing should go on the table except for food.” That includes your cellphone, purse, keys, hat, laptop — and, of course, your mask.

Carefully “place it in your bag, purse or in your pocket. Or you can place it on your lap underneath your napkin,” she says. “That way it is easily accessible when your server comes over to you.” Remember to mask up when your server is around, she notes, to keep them safe too.

Takeaway 6: Please don’t put your mask on the table.

Don’t forget to print out A Pocket Guide to COVID-19 Etiquette With Elaine Swann. Fold it using these directions (courtesy of The Oregonian).

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The podcast portion of this story was produced by Sylvie Douglis.

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The fact remains, homophobia is alive and well in health care settings around the world, leaving thousands of LGBT individuals either unable to unwilling to be completely open and honest with health care providers, often to the detriment of their health and wellness.

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Statewide Measures to Limit Spread of COVID-19

Gov. Gary Herbert, the Utah Coronavirus Task Force, and health officials are taking proactive steps to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Utah communities. These actions are effective until March 30 and will be revised as the situation requires to keep Utahns safe and healthy.

If You Think You May Have COVID-19

If you have recently traveled or been exposed to somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19 and experience symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should seek immediate medical care. Be sure to tell your doctor about your recent travel, and avoid contact with other people while you are sick.

Prevention Methods for Everybody

Everyone can take steps to stop the spread of disease, such as:

Avoid non-essential travel to China any coronavisus hotspots.
Avoid travel and contact with other people if you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Avoid contact with sick people.

Protect Your Business, Employees

Business owners and employers may be concerned about how the novel coronavirus could impact their workplace, and employees may be concerned about stigma or discrimination.

Click here for recommended strategies to protect your workplace.

Treatment

There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover without treatment. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms:

Take pain and fever medications (Caution: Do not give aspirin to children).
Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough.
If you are mildly sick: drink plenty of liquids, stay home, and rest.

ZINES: Self-exams and Check-Ups
RAD Remedy and radical illustrator Isabella Rotman are collaborating to release a series of health guides about self-exams, checkups, hormone options, and other topics related to trans and queer health and wellness.
http://zines.radremedy.org/zines/01-self-exams/index.html

Ten Tips for Working With TGIQ* Patients
* trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer
http://static.radremedy.org/guides/10-Tips-for-Working-with-TGIQ-Patients.pdf

COVID-19 SLC AREA RESOURCES
Please use this website to sign up to volunteer, request support, or get information on local resources and updates.
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The Utah Pride Center’s mental health department, Bastian Counseling Services, offers individual therapy as well as support groups to individuals of the LGBTQIA+ community. Our weekly support groups require a brief intake meeting before attending. For details on the groups, and to schedule your intake meeting, please use the information provided below:

Women’s Support Group: https://utahpridecenter.org/counseling-and-support/womens-support-group/
Men’s Support Group: https://utahpridecenter.org/counseling-and-support/mens-support-group/
Trans/Non-Binary Support Group: https://utahpridecenter.org/counseling-and-support/adult-trans-and-non-binary-support-group/
SOSA (Survivors of Suicide Attempt) Support Group: https://utahpridecenter.org/counseling-and-support/survivors-of-suicide-attempt-sosa/
If you are interested in individual therapy, please send an email to [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

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