The news media is having a field day with the Coronavirus outbreak. Many of our patients are coming to us with concerns and wanting to know what they can do to protect themselves and their families from becoming sick.
Rather than address everyone one at a time I wanted to share what I know about it and hopefully help you remain well and set your minds at ease a bit.
The Coronavirus is a variant of SARS which is an infection. It causes severe respiratory symptoms similar to pneumonia. There currently is no vaccine available on the market for this strain of the virus. The CDC believes they will have one ready, but not for another year to a year and a half which doesn’t help to combat this 2020 outbreak. As it is a viral infection, antibiotics, which work on bacteria, are not an effective helper.
As of today, there have been 3 cases confirmed in Florida.
The very first case confirmed was a man in his 60s who is hospitalized in Manatee County
The second patient is a young woman in her 20s who lives in Hillsborough County. She visited Italy recently. She is in stable condition and remains in isolation at home.
The third is the roommate of the second patient. She is under isolation, but so far has not shown any symptoms.
The best advice is not to watch the news continually. Don’t panic or get too overly stressed out about the possibility of it. Stress can break down your immune system.
Wuhan, China is a very heavily populated city. Because of the overpopulation, it is not uncommon for apartments to home 6 to 10 people. Those close quarters are the ideal breeding ground for communicable illnesses. Hospitals there are overwhelmed, they do not have enough supplies, space, or doctors to handle the influx of people with flu-like symptoms and provide supportive care.
America is just not the same. We live in a society of better healthcare and have a lot more personal space. Airplanes would be a good example of a place that may be a possible hazard due to the recirculated air and tight quarters.
Those at the Highest Risk
Anyone with HIV, a compromised immune system, the elderly, and small infants. If you are concerned it is best to stay away from large gatherings of people as much as possible.
The Best Prevention
–Wash your hands regularly. Not just after using the restroom, but throughout the day and especially when you have been out and about and return home.
-Take Emergency (Vitamin C powder) 2 x a day.
-Keep your stress as low as possible.
-Get adjusted. Chiropractic realignment ensures that your nervous system is allowing your whole body to get the electrical impulses it needs to work properly on the level of all your organs.
–Elderberry syrup – is an immune stimulant. Taken daily can raise your immunity.
-Get rest and make sure you are caught up on sleep.
-Eat a good nutritious well-balanced diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables.
-Limit alcohol intake (too much can detrimentally affect your immune system).
-Masks are for the ill to prevent others from catching it. The only time you really need to wear a mask is if you are traveling on an airplane, it certainly cannot hurt.
If you do get sick
- Don’t panic
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink lots of liquids
- Vitamin C and Elderberry are helpful in fighting off infection as well as preventatively
- Do quarantine yourself – going out only spread germs
- Take hot showers and baths with Epsom salts to help detox
- Take charcoal capsules (they can help to detoxify the body and speed healing)
- IF YOU DO DECIDE TO GO TO THE ER OR A WALK-IN CLINIC and you suspect you COULD have the Coronavirus, please CALL AHEAD so they know you are coming and you do not unintentionally infect others.
Keep your spirits up. Much like any other cold or flu you have had in your life, this too shall pass.
We hope this helps set your mind at ease. Knowledge is power.