Tips That May Help Prevent COVID-19

March 09, 2020

 

Basic Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus that originated and spread from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. It has now spread to at least 31 other countries, including the United States. In the United States, as of March 07, 2020, there are about 249 people who have been confirmed to have the virus. Of those 249 people, 17 didn’t survive.

 

The people who are most in danger of contracting the disease tend to be over 60 years old, especially those who already have severe chronic health conditions. This is most likely due to them having compromised immune systems. At least 24 states in the U.S. have reported people with COVID-19 as of March 7, 2020.  At this point, the risk of getting this disease is still low. And, even if one contracts the disease it is likely to only produce mild symptoms if the infected person was healthy prior to infection.

 

How COVID-19 is Spread

 

The virus is spread from person to person. Infection most often occurs from coming in contact with an infected person’s respiratory droplets, typically after the person has just sneezed, kissing the infected person, or just being in very close contact with them.

 

Most Common Symptoms of COVID-19

 

  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

 

Note: Symptoms tend to appear within 2 to 14 days after a person has become infected. In most cases, the symptoms are mild. However, if a person has a compromised immune system, these symptoms can be much worse and even dangerous. In addition, there are other symptoms that can be experienced with this virus, but they are less common, and their expression depends on each individual’s body response to the virus.

 

Tips That May Help Prevent Infection (The Basics)

 

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who shows obvious signs of being sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, and face (nose and mouth) before washing your hands properly.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (best way to prevent the disease) for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes you to sing the happy birthday song two times to yourself).
  • If you are not home and don’t have access to soap and water, carry a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. Rub your hands together with the cleanser vigorously until your hands are completely dry. Not doing this leaves you open to infection.
  • If you know that you are sick, and need to sneeze, do it into a tissue or the crook of your arm (opposite of your elbow). Then, wash your hands.

 

More Tips That May Help Prevent Infection

 

Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Nutrients that help strengthen the immune system (immune support)

  • Vitamin A (palmitate). Antiviral and immune supporting – It is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning that you need to take it with food (something with fat) to absorb it. Take caution with this vitamin if you are pregnant (it’s best to avoid it if pregnant).
  • Vitamin C. It helps strengthen the immune system and is a strong antioxidant.
  • Vitamin D3. Immune supporting – It is a fat soluble vitamin and needs to be taken with food.
  • Zinc. It is a mineral that is involved in immune function (strengthens the immune system), and it works well together with selenium to help prevent colds and flus, as well as other infections.
  • Selenium. It is a mineral, as well as a strong antioxidant that helps enhance immunity. It also helping to reduce inflammation by reducing oxidative stress on the body. It works well together with Zinc to help prevent colds and flus, as well as other infections.
  • Lauricidin. It contains a substance found in coconuts. This substance has demonstrated the ability to strengthen the immune system, and has even been found to possess antiviral properties. It tends to be very safe and can even be taken continuously to help prevent other viruses, such as cold and flus.

 

Botanicals that help fight microbes and strengthen the immune system (Herbs)

  • Elderberry. Antiviral botanical (herb) – It has been used historically to strengthen the immune system. And, it is thought to be beneficial in fighting against both influenza virus A and B, as well as other viruses.
  • Astragalus. It is a botanical (herb) that has immune system strengthening properties, as well as antiviral properties.
  • Echinacea. It is thought to be one of the most powerful antiviral and immune supporting botanicals.
  • Ginger. Some scientific studies have shown ginger to be very effective at fighting all kinds of microbes (viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi). It is thought to be a strong antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and it also has been known to support digestive health.
  • Garlic. It is thought to be a strong antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic.
  • Olive Leaf Extract. It is thought to have strong antiviral properties.

 

Note: There is no need to take all the above botanicals at the same time. Taking a combination of two or three tends to be sufficient in most situations. In addition, at this time, there is no known substance that has been used in a trial to effectively treat the Coronvirus Disease 2019. This is a new virus, which means it will take some time before various trials are conducted to determine effective medications that may help combat this disease. Now, that’s not to say that the above options can’t be effective. However, what it does mean is that there hasn’t been any studies that prove their effectiveness or ineffectiveness at this time.

 

Dietary – What To Avoid To Help Maintain A Strong Immune System

 

  • All kinds of sugars, with exception to organic fruits. However, even eating a lot of fruit can increase your sugar levels while weakening your immune system.
  • Simple carbohydrate and starchy foods. They all tend to raise sugar levels, which weakens the immune system.
  • Non-organic foods. These kinds of foods have a lot of chemicals in them, including fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, growth hormones and antibiotics in livestock, and are often genetically modified foods (GMO). All have been known to weaken the immune system, as well as increase the possibility of causing many other diseased conditions.
  • Becoming Dehydrated. Dehydration weakens your body. Water is needed to flush out toxins from your body and also serves the function of getting the nutrients that you absorb from your foods to your cells so that they can work properly.

 

 More Helpful Tips

o   Reduce stress: I’m talking about mental stress here. Stress weakens your immune system, which leaves you open to all sorts of diseased conditions, including COVID-19. Low stress equals a healthier life.

o   Get good quality sleep. Getting at least 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is essential to keeping your immune system strong, hence warding off all kinds of disease.

o   Exercise. Moderate exercise helps keep your immune system strong and also improves overall health.

o   Hydrotherapy. There are all kinds of hydro (water) therapies, and they tend to be very effective at strengthening the immune system when properly used. Additionally, certain hydrotherapy treatments are very helpful in bringing a fever down naturally due to the treatment’s ability to strengthen the immune system. Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about which hydrotherapies may be beneficial to your needs.

o   Wash your clothes after each use.

o   Change from your outside clothes when you get home into different clothing, ones that you wear only within your home.

o   Spray all highly used surfaces. Seventh Generation is a company that makes a mostly natural disinfectant spray (called Seventh Generation Disinfectant Stray), which the company states kills 99.99% of all colds, flus, and possibly other viruses. This product was rated the safest disinfectant by Environmental Working Group on their website. Now of course it isn’t perfect, but the benefits seem to outweigh the negatives. And, it is by far the safer choice among other similar disinfectant products.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Use your commonsense when it comes to any virus, including COVID-19. Be smart and avoid people who show obvious signs and symptoms of being sick. Avoid being in a closed in area with anyone who is coughing, sneezing, or appears to be noticeably unwell. If you are elderly, be sure to carry disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers with you everywhere you go, and actually use them. This also applies for everyone else, not just the elderly. And, if you start to develop any symptoms that resemble the listed symptoms above, it would be wise to start trying as many of the suggestions above as possible if you haven’t already. Lastly, if you are in obvious distress, get to a hospital emergency room immediately.

 

Being educated about this virus will go a long way in preventing you from becoming sick, as well as healing from it when needed. I wish you all well.

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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