February 12, 2020 5 min read
The W.H.O (World Health Organization) looks at coronaviruses as a family of viruses. Typically, these viruses will affect the respiratory tract of mammals, which means they can range from the typical cold all the way to SARS.
The coronavirus that has caught everyone’s attention is called ‘novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)’. It’s called ‘novel’ because it is new. It is speculated that this new coronavirus was transmitted from bats but it is still being investigated. The first case of this new coronavirus was reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City, China.
At the moment (Feb. 11th 2020), at least 900 people have died from this strain of the virus in mainland China. The infected worldwide number comes close to 40,000 people, most being in China.
The virus has been confirmed in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
Once infected by this new coronavirus, cold/flu-like symptoms will begin to set in two to four days in. Common signs of infection include symptoms such as a cough, a sore throat, sneezing, a runny nose, fever, and shortness of breath.
In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. Symptoms will vary from person to person, but some forms of the virus can be fatal so it is better to be safe than sorry.
Extensive research still needs to be conducted on how the coronavirus spreads from one person to the next, however, it is believed that the virus is being transmitted through secreted fluid from the respiratory system.
Spreading can happen in the following ways:
Surgical masks are not recommended for healthy individuals. They are not designed to protect the wearer from inhaling airborne bacteria or virus particles. They are less effective than respirators, such as N95 or FFP masks, which provide better protection due to their material, shape and tight seal. Everyone should practice good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:
There is no treatment for this new coronavirus as of yet, but medical care can treat most of the symptoms. Keep in mind, antibiotics do not work on viruses. If you are worried about your symptoms, go see a healthcare provider. If you’ve been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, isolate yourself in your home.
Having said that there’s no cure for this virus, there are supplements that may boost your system. Having the necessary components for your body to be the fighting machine that it wants to be is where supplements play a crucial role.
Plenty of rest & fluids is a must, but here are some supplements that can prevent illness, reduce symptoms, and shorten the duration of a cold/flu. Let’s go through the benefits of these supplements and what we offer at our store.
Vitamin C really doesn’t have any evidence that proves it prevents colds. However, there’s evidence to suggest that taking high doses of C may help shorten the time you’re sick by a day or so. Vitamin C acts as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory to help dry up a runny nose.
It also improves immune function. Vitamin C is the driving force that gives the immune cells the fuel it needs to be able to find and destroy viruses. And just to add, being sick increases the body’s need for vitamin C.
Mushrooms are amazing at boosting your immune system! Mushrooms are rich in a type of polysaccharide called beta-glucan, which has the ability to activate the immune system and help prevent infections.
It regulates white blood cells and keeps them in a highly prepared state so they are ready to attack any invaders. Mushrooms are also rich in vitamins, polyphenols, sterols and zinc, which all keep our immune systems healthy and strong.
Studies have shown that probiotics do appear to improve the body's immune response. That, in turn, helps the body be better prepared to fight off certain infections & illnesses which include the common cold.
Taking probiotics regularly can lower your chances of getting a cold. And in the case that you do catch a cold, probiotics may help reduce the severity of your symptoms and shorten the duration.
Broccoli is a nutrient powerhouse that can benefit your body when you have the flu. One serving will provide immune-boosting vitamins C and E, along with calcium and fiber. Consider eating broccoli when your appetite returns toward the middle or end of the flu.
By having a good understanding of what the virus is, what the tell-tale signs of those infected are, how the virus is spread, and how we can boost our immune system to keep the virus at bay; we can take the necessary steps to minimise the risk of contracting the disease to keep ourselves and the ones we love out of harms way.