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How To Prevent The Corona Virus

how to prevent the corona virus
You will NOT find a cure for the Wuhan Coronavirus here because there isn't any. But you will find lots of ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Written by Jackie Parker

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

 
The virus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets. It cannot remain active or live for long outside the host.
 
You must be standing within three to six feet of an infected person to become infected. You must be close enough to breathe in the infected water droplets expelled by breathing, sneezing or coughing. If you’re just passing someone on the street, there’s no need for concern.
 
Even if you are exposed to someone with the Wuhan virus, it does not mean you will get sick. Your body has incredible defenses and your immune system can work to stop the virus dead in its tracks.

How to Prevent

the Wuhan Corona Virus

 
The only way to prevent the virus 100% is to not have contact with anyone infected. Here all the the precautionary steps you can take that will significantly reduce your odds of getting a coronavirus.

Wash Your Hands

how to prevent the corona virus

Washing your hands will lower your chance of becoming infected.

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
  • Railings
  • Grocery store carts and fixtures
  • Chairs
  • Telephones
  • Computers
  • 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

 
Even if you are religious about washing your hands, other members of your family may not be, especially kids. So, wipe down all surfaces in your home like door nobs, counters, telephones, keyboards, bathroom sinks, etc.,
 
An effective inexpensive disinfectant is household bleach. Use one part bleach to 10 parts water. Vinegar works too, but it’s not as effective as bleach.
 
Don’t share food or toothbrushes or drink from someone else’s cup.

Avoid Crowds

 
The more people you come in contact with, the more likely you will come into contact with someone who is infected.

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

 
If your digestion is not healthy, you cannot make good body tissue for healthy immune function. In Ayurveda, good digestion or strong digest fire plays a very important rold in your ability to fight disease. Take a piece of fresh ginger or drink ginger tea. Cinnamon, mint and fennel tea are also very helpful to support your digestion. We’ve already devoted an entire post on how to improve your digestive system here.

Eat Foods that Boost Your Immune System

 
Eat healthy. Include more whole foods, fresh vegetables, fruits, grass-fed meats. Reduce sugar, processed foods, refined carbohydrates. Eating too much of these kinds of foods causes viruses to thrive in the body, and reduces immune fighting ability of the cells. Keep your blood sugar balanced by limiting processed, sugary foods.
You can find a full list of foods to boost your immune system along with herbs and lifestyle tips here.

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

 
If you are under prolonged stress, it will weaken your immune system. We all have times when life seems overwhelming. Maybe you have a stressful job, kids that take all your juice, or maybe you’re facing an illness. This is life and it happens to us all. So find ways to reduce your stress level it can improve your immunity to all illnesses, including the Coronavirus.
 
Here’s some valuable tips to keep stress at bay.

Essential Oils

 

how to prevent the corona virus

Aromatherapy is a powerful healing art and science known to improve well-being and lower 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.

Exercise

 
Exercise has stood the test of time to reduce stress levels. Yoga and Pilates release tension in your entire body and aids in blood flow, thereby reducing stress. You can easily learn how to practice yoga at home to lower stress and improve immunity.

Meditation

Meditation is documented for its ability to reduce stress. You can combine it with aromatherapy and yoga for added health benefits.

Helpful Supplements To Improve Immunity

Vitamin C

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

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.

Carotenoids

Beta carotene increases the number of natural killer cells, and helper T-cells. You can find them in carrots, kale, spinach, and sweet potatoes.

Selenium

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

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.

Neti Pot

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.

Conclusion

 
While the Wuhan Coronavirus is scary, you can take action to keep you and your family safe. Knowing what the coronavirus is and how it’s spread, you can decrease the odds of becoming infected.
 
Take precautions and urge your friends and family to do the same.
 
Do not panic if you feel you’re coming down with symptoms.
 
If you do become sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
 
Avoid going out into crowded places.
 
Keep up-to-date from the World Health Organization for the latest information
 

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The information presented here is in no way meant to serve as medical advice. If you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, please consult with your physician.

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2 Comments

  • Corona gave me a boner!
    I got Corona and had a sore throat but an all day boner. I was taking my dads blue cough pills to try and calm it down but it wouldn’t go away. I went through boxes of tissues as my nose was running.

    • Hi Darren,
      The medical name for having an erection that will not go down is priapism. Treatment may involve draining blood from your penis and surgery may be necessary to prevent permanent damage. Hopefully, you’re good for now. Take good care. 😉

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