Coronavirus - The Global Health Menace of a Novel Virus
What is Covid-19 (Coronavirus)?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), coronavirus (COVID-19) starts from the virus 2019-nCoV (2019 novel coronavirus). It is a new novel strain in humans that has never been identified before.
The disease is a combination of many respiratory disease-causing viruses such as common cold, Mers-Cov (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). The mysterious illness started in Wuhan, China, to spread rapidly far and wide.
Coronavirus Updates as of March 29, 2020
According to WHO, the total number of coronavirus infected people is over 710,000. (The figure might not be exact considering some developing countries are yet to have the right coronavirus-testing equipment). Of these, there have been almost 33,500 deaths
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
According to the CDC, "COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads. The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to mainly spread from close contact (i.e., within about 6 feet) with a person who is currently sick with COVID-19. The virus likely spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory infections spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs."
You can also pick up the virus from using unwashed hands that came in contact with infected surfaces such as the public seats and rails. The virus-contained droplets can spread far from the host after sneezing or coughing and linger in the air a little longer, risking those around with the infection. The virus can also survive away from the host for hours or longer, putting you at high risk when using public places.
What You Should Do to Prepare Now
Have supplies on hand
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
- If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
Take everyday precautions
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Take everyday preventive actions
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for
example:tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
- Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips.
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.
- Stay home as much as possible
- Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information
If You Believe You Have Been Infected
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, first call your healthcare provider for
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not
If You Are Sick with Coronavirus
Stay home except to get medical care
- Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
Monitor your symptoms
- Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
- Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
- Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider's office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
- Alert health department: Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
Viral Complementary and Alternative Therapy
There are various alternative treatments for health issues. However, you may require consulting your health practitioner for the best therapy and advice. The following are some of the recommendations from our natural health practitioner, Yvonne Dollar Perc.
We do DNA health testing, which could help detect a weakened immune system and many others. If you are concerned that you might have the possibility, then give us a call, and we can set up a DNA health assessment test. There are 2 genes involved in processing your immunity. The TNF-a and the ATP5C1 are vital factors in immune health especially with respiratory conditions
Key Genes: ATP5C1
Mitochondrial Function or ATP5C1rs1244414
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ATP5C1 GENE?
This gene encodes the gamma subunit of the mitochondrial ATP synthase enzyme. It is part of complex V in the mitochondrial respiratory chain.
Energy for Everything
You Breathe to fill your cells with oxygen. This is called aerobic respiration, the citric acid, or krebs cycle. Absolutely everything you do requires energy and oxygen. You need a healthy respiratory system.
Key Genes: TNF-a
Inflammatory Response Gene or TNF-a rs1800629
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE TNF-a (PRONOUNCED "ALPHA") GENE?
TNF-a gene regulates the production of TNF-a, a chemical messenger (cytokine) of the immune system that plays a role in inflammatory processes. Inflammation is the body's immune system response to an attack from various sources such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. TNF-a signals WBC's (white blood cells) against Infections and Injuries, knocking out bad cells, arresting tumor growth, and maintaining balance.
Protecting and shielding yourself from pathogens is your best line of defense
Fenugreek & Thyme (100 Caps) - Fenugreek & Thyme is a popular classic herbal combination of two herbs with expectorant and mucilaginous properties protecting the lungs.
Echinacea & Golden Seal (100 Caps) - Echinacea and goldenseal are two of the popular North American herbs used during cold and flu season. Also used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Echinacea & Goldenseal combines two species of echinacea with goldenseal root, for maximum benefits.
Colostrum (90 Caps) - Helps to support the immune system. It helps build antibodies.
As an extra, we highly recommend Silver Shield Gel to spread on your hands throughout the day and applied into the nostrils with a Q-tip at least three times a day.
Silver Shield Gel is a topical antimicrobial solution capable of reducing the length and severity of bacterial skin infection. Silver particles are recognized as effective, virtually nontoxic, natural disinfecting antimicrobial agents.
The cliché "prevention is better than cure" is a reality in this COVID-19 pandemic. Strictly, adhere to the following precautions standards according to the recommendations of CDC and WHO to remain virus-free
Naturally, do all you can to strengthen your immune system.
To learn more, contact Yvonne Dollard Perc at Island Healthworks. Call 250-468-7685 to speak with Yvonne and set up a consultation!
This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health.