What are the symptoms of Coronavirus covid-19?
- Fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and trouble breathing are some of the most common symptoms of the novel Coronavirus, covid-19.
- “It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties,” the World Health Organization says.
- “More rarely, the disease can be fatal.”
- “Older people, and people with preexisting medical conditions (such as diabetes, respiratory problems and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.”
- In general, the public should do “what you do every cold and flu season,” said Dr. John Wiesman, the health secretary in Washington state.
- Although this virus is not airborne, it is very contagious, spreading from direct contact with an infected person or something like a doorknob that they touch, or having them cough, broadcasting droplets that can then become in contact with your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Because it’s a common habit – most people do it all the time without realizing it. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control estimates the average person touches their face 23 times per hour, based on a small 2015 study.
Put simply, the idea is to maintain a distance between you and other people — in this case, at least six feet.
That also means minimizing contact with people.
Avoid public transportation whenever possible, limit nonessential travel, work from home and skip social gatherings — and definitely do not go to crowded bars and sporting arenas.
“Every single reduction in the number of contacts you have per day with relatives, with friends, co-workers, in school will have a significant impact on the ability of the virus to spread in the population,” said Dr. Gerardo Chowell, chair of population health sciences at Georgia State University.
Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to halt the spread of illness
- The best way to wash your hands is with water, soap, and friction by rubbing them together.
- It is recommended that you run the water, wet your hands, apply soap, rub them together for a minimum of 20 seconds, rinse them off, take a paper towel and turn off the faucet.
- Do not touch the faucet once done washing your hands as you will be just placing the germs back onto your hands.
- If in a public restroom, use a paper towel to open the door.
- Do not touch the door handle with your hands as you will be again potentially putting the germs back on your hands.
Stay Home If You Are Sick
- If you feel that you are becoming sick, it is important to stay home to prevent spreading it to others.
- Those with a fever should wait at least 24 hours until after it goes away before they return to work.
- The same also goes for parents with sick children.
- Viruses spread quickly in schools, so do your part to prevent them from doing so.
Use Antibiotics Smartly
- Antibiotics are powerful, but they do not work for everything.
- They are ineffective against colds and the flu.
- Taking antibiotics when you do not need to can put you at risk of developing bacterial infections later.
- Since antibiotics kill sensitive bacteria, resistant and harmful germs can survive and multiply – putting you at risk for getting an antibiotic-resistant infection.
- Always talk to your doctor before taking an antibiotic to make sure it will treat your illness, and take it as prescribed.
Keep Your Home Clean
- Regularly clean household surfaces to help prevent the spread of infections in your household.
- Use hot soapy water or household cleaning products to disinfect surfaces regularly.
- Additionally, if someone has been sick, clean anything they came into contact with thoroughly to prevent them from getting sick again.
DIY Hand Sanitizer
Wednesday on Amazon, a 2-pack of Purell hand sanitizer, 10 ounces, was nearly $80. But before you go spending some big bucks, you can actually make your own. Pharmacist Mark Thompson said making your own is just as effective as using store-bought. Note that the final dilution needs to be at least 60% alcohol.
Masks can actually increase your coronavirus risk, surgeon general warns
- The World Health Organization recommends staying at least 3 feet (or 1 meter) away from anyone who may be infected.
- If you’re the one feeling sick, cover your entire mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. But don’t use your hands. Use either your bent elbow or a tissue that you throw away immediately afterward.
- While the CDC does not recommend N95 respirator masks for the general public, it does recommend them for health care workers.
- — An infected person might not show symptoms for up to 14 days after exposure. That’s especially worrisome because this novel coronavirus can be transmitted while a person still isn’t showing any symptoms.
Herbs to the rescue
Scientists tell us that the average human body is composed of approximately 37 trillion cells, depending upon your size.
These cells are held together by a chemical called hyaluronic acid. So, if the cells are the bricks of which your body is built, a compound the body produces, hyaluronic acid, is the mortar that holds them together.
Echinacea, Echinacea purpurea and E. angustifolia, is an herb native to North America that is also known as Kansas snake root because the venom of rattlesnakes contains an enzyme (hyaluronidase) that dissolves the hyaluronic acid that holds the cells together. There are also viruses and several species of bacteria that produce this same enzyme.
Fortunately, Echinacea is able to prevent and even repair the damage of this process.
- The prevention comes in the from of a chemical contained in Echinacea, identified as echinacin B, that inhibits this destructive enzyme from doing its work in the first place, preventing viral infection to the cells.
- The repair is aided by Echinacea’s ability to stimulate the body to produce more hyaluronic acid, strengthening our cellular integrity and providing more material to effect repairs.
- Echinacea root or extract is available in health food stores.
- It is non-toxic so it is very safe to take in large amounts.
Elderberry refers to several different varieties of the Sambucus tree, which is a flowering plant belonging to the Adoxaceae family.
The most common type is Sambucus nigra, also known as the European elderberry or black elder. This tree is native to Europe, though it is widely grown in many other parts of the world as well.
The local Elder is Mexican elderberry or Tapiro,(Sambucus mexicana) is a deciduous shrub to tree with butter yellow flowers in April -August followed by purple berries in September-October. This elderberry is native to canyons, valleys west of Sierra Nevada form Oregon to Baja and east to West Texas.
Elderberry contains a compound known as sambucol that, like echinacea, inhibits hyaluronidase, protecting our cellular matrix.
It also contains several flavanoids which have antioxidant effects as well as both antiviral and immunomodulating effects, inhibits hemagluttin activity and replication of several strains of influenza A and B.
Elderberry fruit extract
- Elderberry fruit extract reduces symptoms and duration of Corona virus infections when given within 48 hours of initial symptoms.
- Significant symptom relief occurs within 2-4 days of treatment.
- On average, it reduces the duration of symptoms by about 56%.
- Nitric oxide (NO) is an important signaling molecule between cells which has been shown to have an inhibitory effect on some virus infections.
- It is a molecule that’s produced naturally by your body, and it’s important for many aspects of your health.
- One of its most important function is vasodilation, meaning it relaxes the inner muscles of the blood vessels, causing them to widen and increase circulation.
- Nitric oxide production is essential for overall health because it allows blood, nutrients and oxygen to travel to every part of your body effectively and efficiently.
In fact, a limited capacity to produce nitric oxide is associated with heart disease, diabetes and erectile dysfunction.
Fortunately, there are many ways to maintain optimal levels of nitric oxide in your body.
Scientifically speaking, Nitric Oxide can be produced in the body through the process of converting L-arginine (one of the 20 amino acids) into citrulline.
However, more and more research suggests that L-arginine has potentially negative side effects. Additionally, many co-factors are required to convert L-arginine into Nitric Oxide.
Alternatively, Nitric Oxide can be produced more efficiently from substances know as nitrates and nitrites found in plants like Morinda Citrofolia (noni).
Morinda Citrofolia (noni)
Noni is a fruit-bearing tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae. Its native range extends across Southeast Asia and Australasia, and the species is now cultivated throughout the tropics and widely naturalized.
Among some 100 names for the fruit across different regions are the more common English names of great morinda, Indian mulberry, noni, beach mulberry, and cheese fruit.
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Eat Vegetables High in Nitrates
Nitrate, a compound found in certain vegetables, is one of the many reasons vegetables are healthy for you.
Vegetables high in nitrate include:
When these foods are consumed, nitrates are converted into nitric oxide, which confers a wide range of health benefits related to the prevention viral infection, heart health and exercise performance.
Whereas nitrates in processed meats can be troublesome to health, particularly when consumed in excess over long periods, nitrates from vegetables are harmless.
Increase Your Intake of Antioxidants
Nitric oxide is an unstable molecule that degrades quickly in the bloodstream, so it must be constantly replenished.
One way to increase its stability and limit its breakdown is by consuming antioxidants.
Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize free radicals, which contribute to the short life of nitric oxide.
These antioxidants are found in all foods but primarily those of plant origin, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains.
A few important antioxidants include:
- Vitamin C: This antioxidant helps your body form connective tissues, including skin, bones, tendons and cartilage. It also produces brain chemicals that help nerve cells communicate.
- Vitamin E: This antioxidant protects cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, which are thought to contribute to aging and disease. It also plays an important role in keeping the immune system strong.
- Polyphenols: This category of antioxidants is associated with several health benefits, including a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Glutathione: Coined “the mother of all antioxidants,” glutathione is the master antioxidant and detoxifier of every cell in your body.
Several studies have found that ingesting nitric oxide precursors, such as nitrate or citrulline, with antioxidants maintains greater levels of nitric oxide in your body by helping reduce its breakdown.
Vegetables that are high in nitrate are also inherently high in antioxidants, which is likely why vegetables are so effective at increasing and maintaining optimal levels of nitric oxide.
Nitric Oxide Inhibits the Replication Cycle of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
- The purpose of one study was to examine whether NO inhibits the replication cycle of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (such as SARS CoV, which is a relative of coronavirus covid-19) in vitro.
- They found that an organic nitric oxide donor, S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine, significantly inhibited the replication cycle of SARS CoV in a concentration-dependent manner.
- They also showed that NO inhibits viral protein and RNA synthesis.
- Furthermore, they demonstrated that NO generated by inducible nitric oxide synthase, an enzyme that produces NO, inhibits the SARS CoV replication cycle.
We all need to practice social distancing until we are advised to stop.
Eat your green leafy vegetables and consider taking supplements that add antioxidant protection and help the body produce nitric oxide.
Keeping ourselves and others safe requires some knowledge and practicing proper sanitation, but also the things we know help us stay healthy including exercise, eating healthy foods, and proper rest.
By protecting ourselves, we help protect those around us.
If we all do our bit, we can get through this and get on with our lives.