Last Updated: March 31, 2020 5:45 pm
As many of you are aware, the recent emergence and fast spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has raised concerns and worry. Hartland College wants to reassure our staff, students, and extended family that we are taking this situation seriously and developing new protocols to stay safe and maintain our mission. This page will answer some of the questions this situation raises and provide updates on upcoming Hartland-sponsored events.
Transparency is the best way to avoid confusion and anxiety. We recommend that you visit trustworthy websites for reliable information—a list of resources has been provided at the bottom of the page. During these trying times, stay focused on the Lord and rely on His Spirit to guide you.
We invite you to join us in prayer for the countless individuals around the world who are infected, and their families, neighbors, and colleagues.
- Spring Convocation
Spring Convocation, scheduled for April 17–19, will be offered online.
- Greger’s Event – TBD
The visit of Dr. Greger on campus, scheduled for April 21, has been postponed until further notice.
- Childbirth and Doula Training – TBD
The Spring 2020 Childbirth Educator and Doula Training, scheduled for May 4–28, has been postponed. We will keep you posted on the new dates.
- College Graduation
This year’s graduation ceremony, originally scheduled for May 29–30, has been moved to November 20–21.
- Piedmont Bible Camp – Cancelled
The Health Department requires measures that would make the camp expensive and difficult. We cannot reschedule for another time this year due to the uncertainty of how the local government will implement Phase 1 of reopening.
The safety of the people living on our campus is the top priority of Hartland College’s leadership. As part of this effort, we are monitoring the national and local situation and are following the guidelines for the state of Virginia and Madison County.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds using the proper technique: wet-lather-scrub-rinse-dry.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or use a tissue to cover your mouth, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- It is recommended that making simple greeting changes, such as fist or elbow bumps instead of handshakes, can help in minimizing spread of any
At Church and in Public
- For now, avoid handshakes, hugs, and kisses.
- Fist and elbow bumps are appropriate and safer as a friendly greeting.
- Make sure hand sanitizer is available as people enter and exit the church.
- Wipe down and disinfect surfaces.
If circumstances require that you must stay at home for an extended period, here are several items you will want to have on hand:
- Plenty of paper products: toilet paper, tissue, and paper towels.
- Cleaning supplies.
- A 14-day supply of non-perishable food items.
- A 30-day supply of your prescription medicine.
How to Boost Your Immune System
The best way to prevent or minimize the effect of COVID-19 is to boost your immune system. There are several simple ways to enhance your immune system and help it fight against this disease and many others.
First, let’s look at diet. Good nutrition is essential to maintain and boost your immune system. To increase the power of your immune system, eat foods rich in antioxidants such as berries (all kinds), oranges, kiwis, and red grapes. In terms of vegetables, eat garlic (especially crushed), onions, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts), and dark leafy vegetables (kale,
watercress, mustard greens). All these are also good sources of N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), which boosts your glutathione levels and helps reduce oxidative stress. Other nutrients that boost your glutathione levels are selenium, which is in Brazil nuts (1 a day is enough), and vitamin B 2 (riboflavin), which is in most fortified foods (flour, bread, soy milk, and tofu), as well as in mushrooms (portabella, oyster), bean sprouts, almonds, avocados, asparagus, and fresh peas. Another way to boost your immune system is to eat more zinc: toasted wheat germ and pumpkin, sesame, and ground flax seeds are excellent sources. Vitamin C is a very efficient and potent immune booster. As little as 1 g/day can help you fight any infections (bacterial or viral). Many herbs also will help your immune system: the well-known echinacea, especially in conjunction with goldenseal, is a potent immune booster. Licorice root is an excellent anti-viral and anti-inflammatory herb, especially for the respiratory system.
Temperance is a key point in boosting your immune system. Avoid the wrong food, such as refined sugar and the free oils found in most “comfort” food (also called “junk” food), but also alcohol and tobacco, which drain your immune system. The use of tobacco also increases your risk of developing severe COVID-19. You should stay away from these things as much as possible. Remember that “True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful, and to use judiciously that which is healthful” (PP 562.1).
If you’re looking for a direct anti-viral effect to kill off viruses on your mucous membranes, zinc lozenges or licorice extract are excellent options. They kill the virus on contact if used right away. But eating the right food is not enough; you need to stay active, get outside to get fresh air and sunlight, which is a natural anti-viral, and get some aerobic exercise. Even just a 20-minute daily walk is enough to improve your immune system. The sunlight also stimulates the production of vitamin D—essential for the immune system—and of serotonin, the “calming” neurotransmitter that helps us manage our stress better.
Resting is essential for the health of your immune system. Going to bed early and sleeping about 8 hours per night is the best practice. Remember that every hour of sleep lost decreases the efficiency of your immune system two-fold.
Water is important in many aspects. First, we need to stay hydrated with around 8 cups of water (not juice) a day. Water is also tightly linked to cleanliness, which is essential to fight the spread of infections in general. Remember, soap and water are the best way to limit the spread of disease. Finally, hydrotherapy, using water as a remedy, is a very efficient way to boost your immune system,
especially taking a contrast shower (alternating hot and cold water and finishing with cold), which increases the number of white blood cells and their ability to fight infections. Further, if you get sick, applying hot and cold on your chest and back can help reduce the symptoms significantly and make the difference between a deadly case and recovery.
Lastly, we want to emphasize that putting our trust in God and letting Him be in control of our life through prayer and diligent study of His Word will always guide us where He wants us to be. For any questions contact our Health Department chair, Ben CHAIGNE-DELALANDE (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Nedley and Pr. Bachelor: https://youtu.be/0KZ4A-JEG7k
Dr. Nedley (NEWSTART perspective): https://youtu.be/JV3qDE1xS_k
Dr. Youngberg (Natural Remedies): https://youtu.be/lFCTjTxP1_o
Pr. Finley (Bible Study): https://youtu.be/Kc79jtT25bI