Helpful Coivd-19 Information
Coronavirus Update: From "Get Healthy"
First of all, there is no reason to panic! Even in China where the majority of cases have occurred, there is only 1 case for every 85,000 residents that live there. And the other good news is that in 80% or more of those cases, symptoms are relatively minor, like a bad cold. And unlike China, the US now has advanced warning and can take measures to reduce the likelihood or severity of occurrences here in the states.
A History of Coronaviruses
Coronaviruses, first documented in the 1960's, are a family of viruses which, most of the time, cause symptoms similar to a bad cold, causing mild to moderate upper respiratory problems such as a runny nose and sore throat. Unfortunately, they can also be potentially deadly, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which occurred in the early 2000's infecting over 8,000 people and killing over 800, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), first found in Saudi Arabia in 2012, with 2,500 infected and over 800 deaths.
The latest coronavirus, COVID-19 (2019-CoV) was first identified in Wuhan, China last year. While the death rate is far less than SARS (10%) and MERS (30%), COVID-19 has spread much more than those two, nearing 90,000 documented infected people around the globe, and so the death rate of over 2% has meant that nearly 3,000 people have already died worldwide.
While there are only several handfuls of cases in the US, there is little doubt that the virus will continue to spread, which has already caused many to curtail travel plans and will undoubtedly continue to cause disruptions in the economic sector and our daily lives.
What can you do to safeguard yourself?
The spreading of the virus occurs by direct contact with infected individuals, or touching or coming in contact with droplets from sneezes and coughs. While there are no cures or vaccines for the COVID-19, there are several steps one can take to try to avoid the virus and also strengthen your immune system to make sure that if you do contract the virus you increase the odds of recovering.
Avoid Air Travel to Infected Regions
Wash Your Hands – Frequent hand washing, even with just soap and warm water, is important for protecting against all infectious diseases, and using hand sanitizers and disinfectants can reduce viral spread by over 85%.
Disinfect surfaces – Coronaviruses can persist on surfaces for up to 9 days! Make sure you disinfect surfaces in your home, especially if you think someone might be infected.
Strengthen Immunity – Unfortunately those folks who are older and/or are immune compromised have a much higher rate of death from all viruses, and so doing what you can to strengthen your immune system is vital.
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Silver has been used for more than 2,400 years to help safeguard human health. It is a natural element that can be found in whole grains, edible and medicinal mushrooms, mammalian milk, spring water and sea water. From the time of Hippocrates, silver's health protective properties were well respected.
Silver has antibacterial and antimicrobial effects. Studies have shown that colloidal silver is broad-spectrum antimicrobial that may be able to fight and kill certain pathogens that make us sick. It can inhibit the growth of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.
"Nature's Immune Booster"! From Terry Talks Nutrition:
(Sambucus nigra) is probably one of my favorite immune-boosting botanical ingredients. It is one of the best, most clinically studied herbs for fighting colds and the flu.
Elderberry (and other antiviral nutrients) disrupts viruses and restores the body’s ability to fight them off without the side effects or drug resistance that you see from prescription medications. And there’s no doubt that elderberry is powerful. It has been found effective against 13 different pathogens, including Streptococcus pyogenes and Escherichia coli. Elderberry extract has been shown to be especially effective when combined with vitamin C and zinc.
From Terry Talks Nutrition:
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) has been well-known as an immune-boosting botanical for generations. Again and again, studies find that this herbal extract reduces the length and severity of colds, and helps people get back on track much faster. Compounds in echinacea stimulate the immune system. This makes echinacea especially useful when taken at the very beginning of a cold or flu, when the body needs to marshal its strength against the virus.
In a recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, an echinacea extract was tested over a 4-month period. The results were impressive: echinacea not only reduced the total number of cold episodes, but also cut the cumulative total of cold episode days within the treatment group, and the total number of occasions pain-killers were used to relieve other symptoms. It was also shown to inhibit colds and prevent viral infections.
Another review of complementary treatments for colds and flus found that Echinacea purpurea was consistently the most effective choice. The researchers found that symptom severity was reduced in 4 out of 6 trials, and in the 4 trials that measured the duration of cold symptoms, the reduction was significant – in some cases by 3 or 4 days! In fact, in an earlier clinical trial, 60 individuals started the herb or a placebo at the first sign of a cold – in more than half of the echinacea group, it never went further than that. For those who did become ill, their duration of symptoms was much shorter than the symptom length
in the placebo group. The echinacea I recommend is a preparation of the dried juice of the freshly pressed plant. It is incredibly effective, especially when combined
in its clinical strength levels with andrographis and pelargonium.
IMMUNE BOOSTING VITAMINS & MINERALS
From Terry Talks Nutrition:
Vitamins Are Vital For Our Defenses
Vitamin A is critical to our ability to fight off infections. For example, patients who were treated with vitamin A following surgery saw an increase in lymphocytes—the white blood cells that police our system when we are most vulnerable to infection. Even if you are not deficient in vitamin A, supplementing with this vitamin provides an immune system boost. Retinyl acetate is the form of vitamin A you need to kill viruses. While other forms such as beta carotene are useful, to stop colds or flus, look for retinyl acetate.
Vitamin C is probably one of the best known immune boosters. Taken as a preventative nutrient, it may reduce the incidence of colds by as much as 50 percent! Beyond colds and flus, vitamin C appears to have a natural antihistamine effect and alleviates allergy and other respiratory symptoms.
Vitamin D is a must for the immune system. If you live in a northern climate, chances are good that you are vitamin D deficient. Even if you spend time outdoors in the summer, when your body’s chances of synthesizing vitamin D from sun exposure are the greatest, you could still have low D levels. Because vitamin D is responsible for so many health factors, those deficient in this nutrient are more likely to have colds, flus, and respiratory ailments. In fact, a long-term British study found that increased vitamin D3 corresponded with a reduced risk of infection.
While Vitamin E is a common ingredient in most multivitamin formulations, you need the full value of vitamin E as d-alpha mixed tocopherols – alpha, beta, delta, and gamma the way they are found in food. It is commonly thought of as a “strong antioxidant” for fighting colds, but vitamin E also has cell-protecting abilities that may extend to keeping nerve cells healthy.
Minerals Make a Difference
Minerals are often in short supply in our diets. Because much of our soil has been drained of mineral value, it is critical to the immune system – and every system – that we get minerals that absorb well and work well together. In fact, without minerals, vitamins can’t work properly so they are a crucial component to fighting viruses and bacteria.
Magnesium helps keep the bronchial system running smoothly—an important consideration for anyone suffering from acute respiratory
Calcium lactate, along with magnesium, helps cells stay strong to resist viruses and suppresses viral growth. The two minerals also fight other virus-caused irritations, including fever blisters.
Zinc is an important mineral for keeping the immune system running smoothly. In one study, zinc reduced cold symptom duration by 42 percent when taken on the first day of symptoms. Zinc is a required nutrient for T-lymphocyte (white blood cell) activity. It helps our body’s natural “guards” keep out potentially dangerous invaders, including bacterial and viral infections.
Selenium, another mineral that our immune system needs in greater amounts when it is in distress, has been shown to be an excellent “partner nutrient” with zinc.