Am I likely to get Coronavirus? Better be safe beforehand
So far, the most common coronavirus symptoms for COVID-19 have been:
- High temperature
- Dry cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle ache and fatigue
However, on Sunday March 22, the American Academy of Otolaryngology published new information on its website referring to other notable symptoms. The data shows reports from ear, nose and throat doctors from around the world stating that the loss of smell and a diminished sense of taste have been noted as tell-tale signs of COVID-19.
Prof. Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society wrote in an email "We really want to raise awareness that this is a sign of infection and that anyone who develops loss of sense of smell should self-isolate. It could contribute to slowing transmission and save lives.”
Like many viruses and illnesses, sometimes our senses give us signs even before we consciously know, so it’s important to listen to any changes in your body.
What can you do to improve your immunity against coronavirus?
- Strengthen your inner shield - Your body’s natural shield is the immune system. Foods such as citrus fruits, broccoli, garlic, bell peppers, ginger, and leafy greens are bursting with immune boosting nutrients. Supplements such as vitamin D, vitamin C, and D-Lenolate olive leaf extract have also been proven to strengthen your immunity. Sleep is critical for proper immune function, so make it a priority now more than ever. If you have trouble sleeping, include some deep breathing exercises into your bedtime routine. Every time your thoughts start drifting to something else, bring your focus back to breathing in and out as deeply and calmly as you can, with your eyes closed.
- Look after your mouth and gut health – the wellbeing of your mouth, throat and gut affects your entire health. Many of your body’s receptors are in your stomach and they can affect everything from your mood, to how your body can fight off disease, and how it absorbs nutrients from the foods you eat. Things like natural mouth rinses (do not swallow mouth rinses) with warm salt water or coconut oil helps to maintain oral health and Probiotic 10 Billion restores your gut health. Ensure you stay hydrated with drinks containing electrolytes. You can make your own using a mixture of water, coconut water, tiny sprinkle of high-quality salt, lemon juice and natural fruit juice like watermelon or pomegranate.
- Homely habits – Recommendations from the CDC such as social distancing, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, thoroughly washing your hands, isolation, and wearing outer protective clothing if necessary, are the wisest ways to take precautions against COVID-19. Disinfecting the house, as well as ensuring household members take shoes off when they enter, will also help to reduce the spread. Keep rooms well ventilated with a good flow of air and avoid breathing in residues from deodorants or cleaning products. Since the coronavirus is a respiratory disease, reducing the number of other potential toxins you breathe in will greatly help your immune system and general healt
If I take all the coronavirus precautions, how likely am I to catch it?We have created this simple graphic to show how easily you can reduce your likelihood of catching COVID-19. We understand the new measures can bring massive change to many households, the important thing is to remain calm and prioritize mental and physical health for yourself and family. If you follow all the coronavirus precautions given by the WHO and CDC, you will significantly reduce your chances of catching the disease. Take the very best care of your immune system using the tips above for extra prevention.