What is normal?
Schools have been on vacation since March, and you’ve probably been working at home since March as well. We have been told to “stay at home” since March 24th. When you have to go out you must mask-up and keep at least 6-feet between you and others. We now have to wait in line to get into grocery stores – ugh. No baseball for schools, Red Sox, Cape Cod farm team. No golf, no tennis, no movies or theater. No dining out. Zoom is your virtual connection to friends and family including for birthdays, anniversaries, and graduation celebrations.
“The New Normal…”
There is a lot of conflicting information spreading through the world. During this time of uncertainty, we thought you might find the following factual medical guidelines beneficial to have on hand. We’ve put together a list of medical facts that you can rely on checking to make sure you and your loved ones are staying healthy.
MEDICAL FACTS YOU CAN RELY ON:
Checking your vital signs regularly ~~taking your temperature, blood pressure, and pulse rate.
- Ideal temperature: 98.6 degrees
- Healthy range: 97 – 99 degrees
- Call a doctor if you register 100.4 – fever can be caused by infection
Doctors can use blood pressure as an indicator of a person’s heart health. People with high blood pressure — or hypertension — are at risk of developing heart problems and damage to the walls of the blood vessels.
Ideal blood Pressure – 90/70
- Systolic (top number): 90
- Diastolic (bottom number): Between 70 – 80
Low Blood Pressure – 70-80/40-60
- Systolic (top number): Between 70-80
- Diastolic (bottom number): Between 40-60
High Blood Pressure: 140/100
- Systolic (top number): Between 140 – 190
- Diastolic (bottom number): 100
For adults 18 and older, a normal resting heart rate is between 60—100 beats per minute (bpm). For children ages 6-15, the normal resting heart rate is between 70 – 100 bpm.