COVID-19 - Be proactive!
It is estimated that nearly 12,000 people in the United States died from influenza in 2019.
In contrast, as of March 6, the coronavirus has claimed slightly more than 3,500 lives - for continually updated stats click here.
COVID-19, the latest strain of coronavirus disease, began in China late in 2019 and has now appeared in at least 70 countries around the globe. Cases in the United States first appeared in Washington State, though several other states have since reported cases. More than 300 cases have surfaced in the US, and nearly 20 have died. While travel to Asia was initially blamed for the outbreak outside of China, health experts are uncertain about the transmission of the virus among those who did not travel abroad or were not exposed to those who traveled abroad.
Despite media's round-the-clock coverage of the coronavirus and in-depth reporting of every single case, this virus is statistically far less prevalent than influenza. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like pneumonia, MERS and SARS.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of the common cold but can be much more severe. They include fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, headache, and overall malaise. Some individuals may develop bronchitis or pneumonia; severe cases may result in death. The disease is transmitted between humans in droplets from coughing, sneezing, touching and shaking hands, or coming in contact with a contaminated area.
Like the flu, the coronavirus normally hits hardest those individuals who have underlying health issues or already compromised immune systems. Children and older adults are also more vulnerable to infection. At this point there is no vaccine or immediate cure for the virus. However, those individuals with healthy immune systems who contract the diseases can expect full recovery.
While COVID-19 is a new strain of respiratory infection, tried and true basic hygiene and healthy habits can help stem the transmission of the disease. Wash your hands frequently; the rule of thumb is to wash your hands long enough to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Clean common surfaces with disinfectant --- doorknobs, work areas and desks, keyboards, cabinet handles. Avoid contact with anyone manifesting symptoms of a cold or flu. Limit your presence in public gatherings. If you do become sick, stay home.
More importantly, you can take steps to prepare your immune system to ward off infection or minimize the effect of coronaviruses.
Get Plenty of Sleep
We have been told that after a good night's sleep things will look better in the morning. But a full eight hours of sleep is more than just an emotional boost; it is critical for the regeneration of your immune system. Poor sleep is associated with brain fog and mood problems when we are young and accelerated cognitive decline when we are older. Insufficient sleep heightens stress response. A good night's sleep allows your body to shut down and recharge, allowing your brain to detox and improving overall brain function.
Your body needs water. Health experts recommend that you drink 8 pints of water daily. Chronic dehydration can lead to headaches and digestive issues; it jeopardizes your immune system, increasing the risk of infection and disease. Healthy organs, nervous system, and circulation all rely on proper hydration. We need water to lubricate our joints, remove toxins and waste. Also, consider the type of water you are drinking. Municipal tap water is treated to kill infectious microbes, but the chemicals used in treatment are also harmful to our bodies.
Drinking clean, filtered water or high-quality mineral or spring water is much better for your immune health.
Watch What You Eat
A healthy immune system relies heavily on the food you eat. Sugar not only leads to weight gain, but it can also jeopardize your immune system by depleting vitamin C, a critical immune-supporting nutrient. Sugar competes with vitamin C, restricting it from entering your cells, thereby weakening your immune system and making you more vulnerable to disease. Eliminate junk food. Replace artificial ingredients and processed food with fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, spices, and healthy fats.
Get Up, Get Out, Give Thanks
Basic physiology tells us that if you have good circulation and blood flow to every tissue in the body, then your immune system can mobilize a strong defense against any invading pathogen. If you don’t have good blood flow and circulation, the infection takes hold and makes you sick and can sometimes kill you. Movement not only improves circulation and healthy tissues, but it can enhance mental clarity and improve mood --- thus relieving stress and tension. Reducing stress is mentally and physically crucial for a healthy life. Take a walk outside regularly, breathe in fresh air, and practice gratitude. Being thankful, optimistic, and compassionate is intrinsically linked to a healthy life. Try meditation or breathing exercises. Surround yourself with positive people and uplifting activities.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are beneficial in both preventing and treating infections. They may offer antioxidant and immune protective qualities. Diffusing essential oils in a room may help to open airways, reduce mucous, improve coughs, reduce sinus issues, and calm sore throats --- the typical symptoms of COVID-19. Essential oils may also be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.
Employ Ozone Therapy
Ozone, a colorless gas in the Earth's stratosphere, protects our planet from ultraviolet radiation. However, it is also effectively used to improve the body's intake and use of oxygen and to activate the immune system. Ozone therapy is a powerful treatment and healing protocol; it can help detoxify the body and kill off harmful pathogens. By enhancing the oxygen in your system, you will enjoy more energy and better sleep. The affordable and portable Thera03 Ozone Module is an easy way to enrich the oxygen in your body, thereby improving your immune system and helping you guard against COVID-19 infection
Enjoy a Sauna
Don't merely wait to react to an illness like COVID-19. Be proactive. Make changes in your lifestyle so that your immune system is prepared to fend off infection. If you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.
- Melody Besner