What you should know about Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Update: This blog contains information regarding COVID-19 and contains statistics and information which may be out of date. The information below was accurate at the time of writing. Please consult with reputable sources such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control for the most accurate, up-to-date information.

I’m sure a lot of you are concerned about the Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19), and I wanted to share some ways to help you fortify your body against this (and other) viruses.

Please note, this post is not going to keep you up-to-date on COVID-19, but rather it intends to educate you on what the COVID-19 is, how it can impact you, and what you can do to prevent or even remedy it potentially. 

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses [1] that can cause anything from the common cold to much more severe disease. What makes COVID-19 particularly dangerous is this disease could affect both animals and humans. As you are reading about Coronavirus, you may be seeing “novel” in front of COVID-19 because this is a new, never-before-seen strain. Since this strain is unique, we don’t know a lot about it, and the latest updates are released daily.

The COVID-19, which began spreading in Wuhan, China in 2019 is related to two other coronaviruses that you’ve more than likely heard about, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), both of which were making headlines in 2002 [2] and 2012 [3]

At the time of writing this post, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In the past decade, we have seen five other PHEIC’s announced [4] since the label of PHEIC was created in 2007.

  • 2019 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2016 Zikka virus, the mosquito-borne virus
  • 2014 Ebola West African outbreak
  • 2014 Poliovirus
  • 2009 Swine flu aka H1N1

Who’s at risk?

While COVID-19 is fast spreading, most cases of mortality are those who are immunocompromised, elderly, or have pre-existing conditions. 

 Current (at the time of writing this post) Mortality Demographics:

  • No deaths have occurred in children under the age of nine years.
  • 8% in those aged 70-79 years.
  • 14.8% in those over the age of 80.
  • A vast majority of those who have died from COVID-19 had a pre-existing condition such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease/infection, or even cancer.

More men who smoke tobacco in china, combined with heavily polluted air, could (potentially) result in more pre-existing respiratory distress than in other areas, possibly resulting in their death. [5]

How to prevent Coronavirus:

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Prevention Tips:

  • Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you wash in-between your fingers. Believe it or not, there is a proper way to wash your hands, and don’t be shy to watch a YouTube video about it.
  • Keep your home clean. Use effective anti-bacterial/viral sprays like Force of Nature to disinfect surfaces in your home and office.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick (with any illness), and stay home if you are feeling under the weather. 
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue handy, cough into your elbow.
  • Avoid frequent touch-points in public like escalator/stairwell handles, door kobs, etc. Keep hand sanitizer on your person at all times.
  • Avoid using hand-dryers in public restrooms as these can spread viruses and bacteria. [*]

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Natural Remedies:

As stated above, I am not claiming that anything mentioned will prevent, treat, or cure Coronavirus, but instead, this advice is to help you fortify your body and immune system, theoretically preventing infection in the first place.

  1. Olive Leaf Extract (Olea europaea) – OLE contains Oleuropein, a compound that neutralizes a virus’s ability to replicate. OLE has shown to help with several types of viruses, bacteria, and parasites. 
  2. Oregano Oil – (Origanum vulgare) – Oil of Oregano contains phenols, terpenes, and terpenoids, which are potent antioxidants, antifungals, and anti-bacterial components and why Oregano has its distinct scent.
  3. Probiotics – 70% of your immune system resides in your gut. [7] Making your stomach happy will, in turn, increase your immune system. Common probiotics are lactobacillus, acidophilus, or bifidobacterium, but you want to look for a probiotic with Saccharomyces boulardii as this helps combat GI infections like stomach bugs and helps regulate the micro-flora. 
  4. Dentalcidin – Used as a toothpaste or mouth rinse. It contains potent broad-spectrum botanicals to not only help kill germs but also help break down bio-film, which are a protective plaque-like layer that can act as a shield and prevent bacteria from being killed.
  5. Avoid Sugar – Sugar inhibits neutrophils, which are the cells responsible for destroying pathogenic microorganisms. [8] Just 100g of sugar will inhibit the immune system by 50% for up to 5 hours, and glucose can knock Vitamin C (an immune-boosting vitamin) from receptor sites.
  6. Elderberry (Sambucus) – Contains phenolic acids that are antioxidants and can help fight oxidative stress. Elderberry also contains flavonols, which are also antioxidants like quercetin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetin, that help fight viruses. You can also get them in capsule form instead of syrup.
  7. Vitamin D – helps modulate the immune response. Deficiency can lead to increased autoimmunity and susceptibility to infection. There have been numerous studies about the impact of Vitamin D and its role in upper-respiratory diseases. [9] It is now widely accepted that the current RDA of 200-600 IU of Vitamin D is not sufficient enough, and a daily dose of 1,000 IU suffices more.
  8. Zinc – Studies have shown promise that zinc can help prevent viruses from replicating, in turn, shortening the duration of infections. [10] 
  9. Saline Spray – Since illnesses, such as the cold and flu reproduce in the mucosal membranes of the nose and throat, using a saline spray/rinse can help wash away bacteria and viruses. Some viruses replicate better in dry environments, which is why it is essential to keep your nasal passages moist during cold and flu season (i.e., the dry winter months).
  10. L-Lysine – Essential amino-acid that helps fight viruses, especially when combined with zinc.

Don’t forget that there are many with COVID-19 that are recovering being released from the hospital, so infection is not a death sentence. It’s important to get your information regarding the current state of COVID-19 from reputable sources such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. Like any news topic, news outlets can give misconstrued information, so instead of sharing misinformation, get your news from the source.

Important: If you feel you have symptoms of Coronavirus, stay home, avoid contact with people, and contact your local health department. If you are going to the emergency room, call ahead and let them know your symptoms and whether or not you are at a higher risk of infection (i.e., travel to infected areas, etc.) so they can prepare for your arrival. 

Disclaimer: The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; it is for educational purposes only.

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