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If you watch the news you may have concern about getting the Coronavirus spreading around the world. The internet is buzzing with reports of the virus infecting more people every day. Social media is flooded with fearful posts and comments. Airports are empty and cities in China are under quarantine. Keep reading to learn how to prevent the corona virus and maybe gain a little peace of mind in the process.
What is a Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is an infection of the respiratory system. In most cases the symptoms will make you uncomfortable, there ae no known lasting effects. It is very unlikely you will die from the virus as the fatality rate is low unless your health is already compromised. In fact, a common cold is the coronavirus. And like a cold it spreads from person to person via droplets containing the virus.
The corona virus gets its name because of its appearance. It has lots of stalks on its surface like a crown. Hence corona virus.
The Danger of Wuhan Coronavirus
First off, there is no vaccine to prevent infection. The Wuhan virus is transmitted from person to person. Scientists are telling us the vaccine may be as much as one year away and the rate of infection seems to be accelerating.
Vaccines work by introducing a weak or dead strain of the virus into your body. Then the body builds an immunity to the weakened or dead virus. When the live virus tries to take over the body, it can fight back with antibodies it previously produced.
Don't think antibiotics will help. They are only useful for secondary bacterial infections.
How It Spreads
How to Prevent
the Wuhan Corona Virus
Wash Your Hands
The best way to protect yourself is by washing your hands for at last 20-30 seconds with warm water and soap. Use a hand-sanitizer if you don't have access to soap and water. (If you cannot find it at your drugstore, you can DIY it at home).
Think of all the things you touch that others touch.
- Door nobs
- Grocery store carts and fixtures
- Food trays
- Bathroom fixtures
Now think about this… If someone doesn't know they already have the virus, and they touch their mouth or nose and then touch a surface, they leave the virus on that surface. Then you come along and touch that same surface, then touch your hand to your nose or mouth… The virus is now in your body.
This is when a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or pocket can be useful. Use it every time you touch something that someone else has touched.
Start to be aware of how much you touch your face. And then stop doing it.
Most grocery stores now provide disinfectant wipes to clean the cart handle so take advantage of them.. But still, you should use the hand sanitizer after you check out because the cashier probably had contact with hundreds of customers before you.
If you are in close contact with lots of people each day, you may consider a more extreme measure of wearing a mask and disposable latex gloves. Just don't think that if you wear a mask and or gloves you don't have to do anything else.
If you decide to wear a mask, they are only effective for one wearing. Essentially if you touch the mast to take it off, then touch your face, the effectiveness is lost.
Disinfect by Wiping Down Surfaces
Improve Your Immunity
It's common sense to fortify your body's ability to fight back. While there's no single anything you can do to boost your immunity, the right combination of diet, lifestyle can feed your immune system to avoid viruses.
The health and strength of your immune system is dependent on the health of your entire body and your digestive system is KEY.
Improve Your Digestion
Eat Foods that Boost Your Immune System
Sleep and Rest
Let's start with lifestyle. You need adequate rest and sleep to heal and recharge your body, so try to be sleeping by no later than 10:30 pm. If that's not easy for you, here are many tips on how to get a good night of sleep.
There are many herbs and teas like chamomile, Jatamansi, Ashwagandha, passion flower, or lemon balm that are known to promote sleep. Also, you can try a Melatonin supplement to help you fall and stay asleep.
Keep your bedroom a bedroom. Meaning don't keep work related stuff around and power down your devices at night. Their light exposure suppresses your natural production of melatonin.
Lower the temperature of your bedroom between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. Wear a sleep mask and turn the clock away from you so you don't see it.
Drink lots of fluids during the day, but stop about an hour before bed so your sleep is not interrupted by having to pee.
Lower Your Stress
Aromatherapy is using your sense of smell to lower your stress level by enhancing your emotional, mental and spiritual health. Essential oils like Lavender, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Rose and Clary sage all have a soothing, calming effect.
Essential oils can be diffused in a diffuser, or you can add them to non-scented candles by adding a few drops to the pool of melted was around the wick. Light the candle until it develops a pool of melted wax. Then blow out the candle and add the essential oil to the pool and relight.
You can add essential oils to a massage oil to reduce stress and enhance your immune system and give yourself a massage.
You can give yourself a full body massage or if you don't have time, just do your neck, shoulders, and temples. Be careful rubbing essential oils directly on your skin: make sure to use them in a carrier oil otherwise it could cause irritation.
Helpful Supplements To Improve Immunity
Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells, antibodies and interferon. Aim to get nutrition from the food you eat first and then supplement if needed. You can find vitamin C especially in citrus.
Vitamin E stimulates the production of Killer T-cells. It increases the production of B-cells to make antibodies. You can find it in leafy greans, whole grains, egg yolks and nuts.
Beta carotene increases the number of natural killer cells, and helper T-cells. You can find them in carrots, kale, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
This mineral increases Killer T-cells. It's found in some protein sources, sunflower seeds, nuts, brown rice and of course it is available as a supplement.
Zinc increases white blood cells that fight infection and help the body release more antibodies. It's found in protein from animal sources mainly and as a supplement.
Omega-3 fatty acids
What is Omega 3 good for? These fatty acids from fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna boost your immunity by increasing the activity of macrophages.
Best Herbs for Immunity
Certain herbs and herbal formulations like Chyavanprash, turmeric, and ashwagandha can boost your immune system the same way foods can. In fact, eating a tablespoon of Chyavanprash each day can not only enhance your immunity, it also specifically supports the lungs and respiratory system.
Here you can find a list of the 10 best herbs to improve the function of the immune system.
A neti pot enables you to flush your nose cavity with a saline solution. It is used to flush bacteria and mucus from your nose and sinuses. Whenever you use a neti pot, you purge microorganisms and other irritants from your nasal passages. You can learn more about what it is and how to do it here: Does Neti Pot Work? Get the Truth.
After you're done using the neti pot, use your small finger to put two to three drops of sesame oil in each nostril to lubricate the nasal pasage and strenthen the mucus membrane inside your nose. This will keep away foreign bodies.