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  • Am I likely to get Coronavirus? Better be safe beforehand

    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.

    Coronavirus Precautions

    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.
  • What are Human Coronaviruses: Symptoms, Treatments, and Variants

    What are Human Coronaviruses: Symptoms, Treatments, and Variants

    What are Human Coronaviruses?

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been much debate on internet forums and social media about the human coronaviruses. So, what is coronavirus and how do you avoid it?

    Numerous strains of the coronavirus have been circulating the population since the 1960s’. According to the National Institute of Health, most people will get some variation of coronavirus in their lifetime at least once. That’s why you may have seen ‘human coronavirus’ already listed on some of your household disinfectants.

    However, this is not to be confused with the new (novel) COVID-19 that has been spreading throughout the world since December 2019. Before we delve into the different variants, let’s take a look at the common and novel coronavirus symptoms.

    Symptoms

    Depending on the health and immune strength of the person who contracts coronavirus, symptoms can vary dramatically. Some people have shown no symptoms or experienced a mild sore throat and fever for just day or two. Others have suffered from extreme respiratory problems, pneumonia and even death due to coronavirus.

    Most frequently reported coronavirus symptoms are:

    • High fever (normal body temperature should be around 37°C (98.6°F)
    • Dry cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue and muscle pain

    As you can see, these symptoms are all similar to seasonal influenza, so it's a good idea to build your immunity to the coronavirus, flus and colds as much as possible.

    What to do if you experience any of these symptoms?

    Follow the advice of your local health services and the World Health Organization. If possible, call the clinic before visiting to confirm if and when you should go in for testing.

    How long does coronavirus last in the body?

    The length of time that coronavirus symptoms can last in the body will vary from person to person. It can take around two weeks for the virus to fully clear, providing there were no serious complications from the disease.


    How long does coronavirus last on surfaces?

    The short answer is, we don’t know how exactly long COVID-19 lasts on surfaces or in the air. Different materials and surfaces may show different results. Temperature also has an effect on how long coronaviruses can last, most become inactive after reaching above 30 degrees Celsius.

    A recent study published March 11, 2020 by Medrxiv analyzed the length of time the coronavirus lasted in the air and on different surfaces. Results showed that it can last for up to 3 hours in the air, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and up to a few days on stainless steel. However, this study is very new at time of writing and has not yet been peer-reviewed.

    A regular clean with a good disinfectant on all surfaces will wipe out any lurking coronaviruses.


    Treatments

    There is no specific medicine for coronavirus and since it is a virus, antibiotics do not work. While research labs work on creating antiviral drugs and vaccines, there are plenty of natural treatments to boost your health and immunity. Coronavirus treatment for non-critical cases has so far been just like treating the flu. Things like staying hydrated with drinks containing electrolytes, intaking plenty of nutrients from foods and supplements like D-Lenolate, Vitamin D and Vitamin C, really helps build your immunity from the inside, out. A natural medicine for coronavirus would be foods like honey, lemon and high-quality Olive Leaf Extract.

    Variants

    While the US government and public health are preparing for potentially more cases, there are numerous things you can do to help improve your immunity against the coronavirus infection:

    1. MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
      MERS-CoV was first recognized in 2012 after people suddenly began suffering with severe respiratory illnesses in Saudi Arabia. It quickly spread to other countries and according to a 2019 study, MERS was fatal for 35.2% of people who contracted the disease.

    2. SARS - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
      SARS-CoV breakout happened back in 2002, originating in Southern China and rapidly spreading around the world. This type of coronavirus attacks both the lower and upper respiratory tracts, causing a life-threatening form of pneumonia. Symptoms of SARS also included flu, chills, and diarrhea, with a morality rate of 9.6%. In 2019, a dangerous new strain called SARS-CoV-2 started circulating, causing the disease COVID-19.
    3. COVID-19 – Corona Virus Disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2)
      The new strain of coronavirus has not been previously identified in humans and can affect people of all ages. However, the people most likely to suffer with severe symptoms are the over 60s’ and people with compromised immune systems. At the time of writing there has been 118 322 confirmed cases and 4292 deaths globally from COVID-19 which was first reported in Wuhan, China.
    4. HCoV-oc43 and HCoV-HKU1 – Betacoronavirus
      These common coronaviruses cause common cold symptoms and respiratory tract infections in babies, children and the elderly.
    5. HCoV-229E – Alphacoronavirus
      Similar to the above, this type of human coronavirus causes cold and flu like symptoms as well as more serious complications in those with underlying medical conditions.
    6. HCoV-NL63 – Alphacoronavirus
      This strain of coronavirus has been considered as cause of croup and bronchitis in children. It is most common in winter and shown to affect those at a younger age and with a shorter fever duration.

    Conclusion

    The most important thing is to remain calm and not get into a state of anxiety over coronavirus. Fear itself can cause a myriad of unwanted chemical reactions in the body that are not good for health.

    If you haven’t already, check out our blog on how to protect yourself from Coronavirus by building your immunity, stock up on the highest quality vitamins and supplements like D-Lenolate to support your food intake, and follow the guidelines from the World Health organization for precaution.


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  • What is Coronavirus and What Should I do if I Have Symptoms?

    What is Coronavirus and What Should I do if I Have Symptoms?

    Corona Virus Strengthen Your Immunity

    In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has spread across the world and caused a series of temporary closures for schools, businesses, events, sports, concerts and social gatherings. Understandably people are asking, what is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?

    Let’s cover what we know about coronavirus so far. There are many variants of coronavirus, but today we will be focusing on COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2).

    What is coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2)?

    The COVID-19 coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China in Dec 2019. It is a zoonotic virus meaning it usually circulates around animals but has now been transferred to humans. Which animal it came from and how it transferred from animals to humans remains unclear, however bats are said to be the most likely origin.

    Coronavirus transmission thought to occur through droplets either in the air or on surfaces. How long the coronavirus virions stay contagious in the air or on surfaces has not been confirmed to date. It’s said different surface materials and temperatures have an effect on coronavirus transmission.

    The novel coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, causing symptoms including high temperature, dry cough, and in some cases severe pneumonia like illness that has led to fatalities. The elderly and people with underlying medical conditions are those who are said to be most at risk from severe symptoms.

    The CDC has posted some Emergency warning signs of coronavirus to look out for which you may find useful:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
    *If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.

    The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

    What to Do if You Are Sick

    Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

    Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

    Follow the steps below: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and community.

    Stay home except to get medical care

    • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
    • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
    • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.


    Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation

    • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
    • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
      • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
      • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.


    Wear a facemask if you are sick

    If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

    If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a facemask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.

    Cover your coughs and sneezes

    • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
    • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


    Clean your hands often

    • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
    • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


    Handwashing tips


    Avoid sharing personal household items

    • Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
    • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
    • Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom. Disinfect high-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
    • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
    • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.

    So, we have talked about what is coronavirus and what to do if you have symptoms, but what if you have no symptoms at all? If you have no symptoms, follow any social distancing guidelines or coronavirus recommendations from the CDC. There have been cases of coronavirus transmission that present no symptoms, but it is still contagious.

    Prevention is the best cure, so follow the tips above and read ‘How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus by Improving Your Immunity’.

    The article lists things that have been proven to boost your immunity in natural ways from supplements like Vitamin C, Vitamin D and D-Lenolate Olive Leaf Extract, as well as showing certain lifestyle habits that could be lowering your immunity. While the pandemic persists, it’s more important than ever to look after yourself from the inside out.

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