Coronavirus Natural Solutions
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) fear is sweeping the world but instead of getting caught up in the panic, let’s get the facts. Like any other challenge we might face in life, we do best when we handle it by gathering information and making informed choices and taking sensible action. In this post we will also look at coronavirus natural solutions.
The first thing I want to stress when it comes to this whole discussion is that our immune system is our best friend when it comes to defending us against any outside invader or pathogen. Having a robust immune system will mean that even if we contract an illness, we are more likely to deal with it well and make a full recovery. See below for my top tips for immune enhancement. Generally speaking, those who are already sick, frail or undernourished are more likely to suffer the serious consequences of any bacterial or viral infection.
Now let’s look a little closer at the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic which is thought to have begun when people exposed to an unknown source at a seafood market in Wuhan province in China became ill in early December. The infection was thought to be from an animal source originally, but transmission between people has now been observed. Wuhan is a travel and trade hub of 11 million people, so public health officials were closely assessing exposure and contagiousness of the virus.
Total cases as of beginning of February is around 11,944 and the total deaths sits at 259. The latest estimates can be found at Flutrackers website. Since then, it has now been detected on every continent, with particularly high numbers also occuring in Italy and Iran.
How is the virus transmitted?
Much like SARS virus, (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses, so they can be found in the nose, throat and lungs. They can be responsible for normal colds and influenza. The Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV – or Covid-19) appears to be mostly localised to the lung and has been causing pneumonia. Of the different modes of transmission between people, respiratory transmission is the most concerning, because infections spread most rapidly this way. Theres are two main ways that respiratory transmission occurs – either through large droplets (shorter range) and airborne transmission (smaller particles over longer distances). Airborne transmission is the most difficult to control, and can occur through coughing and sneezing.
Incubation rates are thought to be 2-7 days, but authorities are giving a safety margin of 14 days to try to halt the progression of infections.
While there has been an alarming spread of the disease, it is thought to be due to large numbers of people exposed, holiday time with more regional and international travel and now there is an increased surveillance and testing, so more diagnosed cases is probable. Current evidence suggests that widespread human-to-human transmission of the virus is not occurring– with estimates suggesting that 2-3 people are likely to be infected by close contact with any one case. However, these estimates can change as new information comes to hand.
Identifying pre-existing risk factors
People with diabetes, chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, renal failure or anyone who is immune compromised or suppressed due to other illnesses are likely to be at high risk for severe disease. In these cases it is possible to develop severe pneumonia, respiratory distress, renal failure and sometimes death. I would definitely recommend for people with pre-existing risk factors to be proactive in social distancing and to seek professional naturopathic support to boost their immune system.
So What Can We Do to Prevent or Treat it?
This is an area of discussion that is often missed in the mainstream media reporting who tend to focus on the scaremongering aspects. And from a mainstream perspective, they are just trouble shooting the symptoms and supporting the body with secondary issues. The main information about prevention that we get is to ensure good hygiene with hand washing and avoiding people with active infection.
From a natural health perspective, there are so many wonderful ways to enhance your immunity which will ensure the best response possible if you happen to be exposed to this or any other virus. I have summarised the crucial things you can do to boost your immune response in a downloadable checklist.
Also, make sure you checkout my webinar on YouTube, which offers a much more detailed overview of this topic.
So instead of living in fear and anxiety, which only serves to decrease our immune response, let’s all choose to be proactive and positive. Supporting our body (and mind) to be the healthiest it can be is your best defence against any opportunistic infection.
Until next time, stay well!