An Update on the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Unless you are living off the grid and are happily blissful about the happenings in the world, you have heard the news and startling statistics of the spread and consequences of the novel Coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19. 

In writing about epidemics, pandemics, and this uniquely deadly current virus, it is important to always put forth the latest and most accurate information for readers, most especially our clients who are looking for direction. 

As a graduate and current faculty member at East West School of Planetary Herbology

As well as a proud alumni of New England School of Homeopathy, I put my trust in learning from the researchers and experts in our field. Here is a quick update to keep you knowledgeable and aware of the current state of the virus and the spread of this unprecedented pandemic. 

What is the Coronavirus or COVID-19? 

The novel or new Coronavirus was first identified in the Wuhan province of China late in 2019. While genetic analysis is still underway as to the origin of this particular virus, it is believed to have been initially transmitted from animal to human. 

According to the New England School of Homeopathy, “Historically, SARS, another coronavirus, originated with civet cats. MERS, which also impacted humans, arose from camels. There has also been noted person to person spread of these various Coronaviruses.” 

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What are the Symptoms of COVID-19? 

The spring is a time of changing temperatures, emerging allergens, and the flu season. Unfortunately, some of the same symptoms that are associated with these  viruses are also symptoms of the COVID-19. That means, try not to panic and listen to your body when it comes to what specific symptoms you may have.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, symptoms of this severe respiratory illness can include: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after initial exposure to the virus. 

Emergency warning signs of respiratory distress can also include: persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face. 

What Can I Do To Prevent the Spread? 

Some of the simple steps you can do in your own home include: washing your hands, sneezing into your elbow (rather than hands), staying home from school or work as necessary (particularly if experiencing lowered immunity), wear a mask, and follow other cold/flu prevention methods. 

The state and federal government are currently instituting quarantine protocols to slow the spread of the virus. We must do our part to help keep our bodies healthy and the healthcare system functioning. 

The influenza division of Herscu Laboratoryunder the leadership of Paul Herscu, ND, MPH, also suggests: 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when handwashing is not possible.
  • Limit handling doorknobs and other public surfaces without gloves. If in the midst of a severe epidemic, consider using gloves whenever outside to limit contact. Wash gloves daily. 
  • Avoid people who are sick.
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What If I Get the Virus? 

Currently, there are natural medicines and other approaches that can foster enhanced immunity while helping to create and maintain healthy mucous membrane tissue, essential for fending off germs:

  • Research has shown there are botanical medicines known to help prevent flu including licorice root, North American ginseng, elderberry, echinacea, and garlic.  
  • Likewise, nutritional supplements can be taken to help insure optimal immune system function. These include: zinc, selenium, vitamin C, probiotics, and seaweed extract. 
  • Use a humidifier as higher air humidity reduces virus survival for other viruses and may well decrease transmission here. 

Continue to hydrate properly, utilizing sugar free electrolyte powders (my favorite is Bioplasma Sport) in 16 oz of water and talk to our practitioners about specific methods that may help alleviate the symptoms and strengthen your immune response.