I wanted to update everyone on the latest developments on the novel 2019 Coronavirus. There has been a big shift in sentiment as the FDA has just come out today saying that the Coronavirus, both globally and in the US, is no longer containable and we now have to switch to mitigation of the virus. To date there have been over 107,000 cases and over 3,600 deaths worldwide, and 556 cases confirmed in the US, and now 21 deaths from the virus.
Globally, the risk of dying from the virus is 3.34% versus 0.1% for Influenza A and B. The risk is highest in the elderly and those with chronic health care issues. The number of cases in the US are probably much higher than current numbers show, as the test kits have not been widely available. More than likely, cases in the US will exponentially increase over the short term as more testing is done.
Experts are now saying to prepare for two months of difficulty here in the US, and that the next two weeks will change the complexion of our country. Be prepared for possible; city and state lockdowns, the closure of large gatherings, daycare, preschool and school closures, and requests from employers that employees work from home whenever possible.
Human Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that commonly cause mild to moderate illness like the common cold. Almost everyone gets infected with one of these viruses at some point in their lives, and most of the time the illness lasts for a short amount of time.
It probably spreads like the chickenpox virus; via respiratory droplets through breathing, coughing, and sneezing. Public health officials are actively investigating this virus to learn more about its impact.
People with confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus have reported illnesses ranging from mild to severe. Thankfully, children usually have mild illnesses, but it can be more severe, and especially in older adults and those with chronic health conditions. Symptoms are similar to the flu and can include:
It is our responsibility to protect the vulnerable; the sick and the elderly, especially those with underlying health care problems. These groups of people should avoid large crowds, avoid taking any kind of long trip, and absolutely NO cruise ships. If anyone is sick, wear a mask in public, and self-quarantine to protect others.
Vital Information for Our Office That You Need to Know
1. Most health care facilities, including Well Balanced Body are not accepting patients into clinics with ANY type of sickness until they are completely healthy. If you are sick, please call or text to let us know and we can reschedule your appointment for you.
While Chiropractic is amazing at boosting the immune system, we are encouraging patients to prevent the spread of the sickness by staying home until further notice.
2. A NOTE ON HAND SANITIZERS
We have had several patients ask us about options for Hand Sanitizer, which are sold out in most places.
First, remember that WASHING HANDS IN WARM SOAPY WATER FOR 20 SECONDS is much more effective than hand sanitizer. Also, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE WITH YOUR HANDS
While there are many recipes online for hand sanitizer, please note that to kill the Coronavirus strain, a hand sanitizer must be 60% or higher alcohol content.
3. Immune System Support Stock up
There are NO specific conventional medications to treat the coronavirus (Tamiflu and other antivirals are not effective). It’s important to stock up on vitamins and herbs that are specific for boosting the immune system. There are certain vitamins that are responsible for making white blood cells which help fight infection. One of those is Vitamin C, not just the synthetic version (ascorbic acid), but the whole food complex version. The other main vitamin in the innate immune system is calcium. Both of these vitamins you can find when you take whole food vitamins -- like congaplex from Standard Process. The synergistic herb to these vitamins is the infamous echinacea from mediherb. Echinacea has been proven in studies to increase white blood cell production. Start taking these NOW for prevention.
Other nutrient support needed to target specific viral or bacterial related sickness are outlined in my short blog I posted.
We are ordering these vitamins and herbs this week and will have extra in stock. Please let us know if you are in need and we will set them aside for you. We can also drop ship to anyone who can’t make it into the office.
4. Eat Healthy
Yes, it really matters. As mentioned in #3, there are certain nutrients that will help boost the immune system. Those nutrients are found most naturally occuring in whole food and the most dense nutrients are found in organic vegetables.
Stock up on these nutrient dense foods and eat 70% veggies at every meal. Here are a few examples that contain vitamin c and other immune boosting nutrients
These foods cause lymphatic stagnation and inflammation in the body. It is best to avoid them to ensure a healthy immune system. Especially since 80% of your immune system is in your GUT!
As a general rule, drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water. Add lemon to your water for an added vitamin boost.
7. Get Plenty of Sleep
8. Don’t Stress Out
Your body has an amazing ability to heal and regenerate. Know that you are taken care of.