A novel virus, COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2 is here! The coronavirus has spread worldwide quickly. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified COVID-19 as causing an outbreak of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and early 2020. COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The WHO reported that those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease. The symptoms are fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia in both lungs. It can spread person to person through close contact. There is currently no COVID-19 vaccine therefore it is important to plan to minimize the chance of infection. Below is a list of 3 things that we can do to protect against Covid-19.
What we can do to minimize the chance of infection
1. Taking care of your hand hygiene
On a daily basis we unconsciously touch our face an average of 20 times every hour and most of us aren’t aware that we do this. For instance, we touch many things in public such as: money, phones, computers, door handles, toilets, gym equipment, grocery carts, etc. then we touch our eyes, nose, and mouth which may result in viruses getting into our organs. It is important to wash your hands frequently and diligently. Sing ‘happy birthday’ twice while washing your hands (it takes 20 seconds to sing happy birthday twice, a good amount of time to wash hands). Do not touch your face without having clean hands!!!
2. Personal protective equipment to limit human to human transmission
Isolating yourself is the best way to prevent infection but if you have to be in a public place, try to avoid peak hours to reduce your exposure to crowded places. It is recommended you bring tissues, sanitizers (alcohol based hand rubs), and/or a mask for infection prevention.
3. Boost your immunity
Wear gloves to wash meat and fish thoroughly. Do not eat raw and uncooked meat and fish. Consume vegetables and fruit that are rich in antioxidants to boost your immunity. Have at least 6 cups of vegetables daily and take nutritional supplements that boost your immune functions.
Top 3 Immunity Boosters
1. Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae (AFA)
Research showed the group that consumed 1.5 grams of AFA, 40 % of the immune system’s killer cells migrated from the bloodstream to the tissues to work their magic, leading to rapid changes in immune-cell – MacGill University Researchers
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) contain nutrients including essential fatty acids, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, proteins, complex carbohydrates, and phytochemicals. Carotenoid antioxidants and minerals in AFA help strengthen cell membranes, speed up healing, assist in the production of pathogen-fighting antibodies and bacteria-eating white cells.
When the body releases cortisol hormone for a prolonged period it disrupts sleep, impaires digestive process, and suppresses the immune system. Astragalus is an adaptogen herbal that helps to reduce stress response in the body. It also strengthens the function of adrenal glands and reduces cortisol hormone levels. As a result, it is an excellent immunity booster. Astragalus root is rich in minerals such as zinc, magnesium, silica, and iron that support immune function. It also promotes T-cell maturation and increases IgA levels.
3. Reishi mushroom
Reishi mushroom is an excellent immune booster that contains strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It increases interferon production that blocks viruses from spreading.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection, but do not panic. Instead, take care of your personal hygiene and change your habits and routines to reduce the risk of infection.