As tensions mount across the world, all eyes remain fixed on the news, waiting for the next coronavirus update. While I firmly believe you shouldn’t stress too much about it, I also believe it’s wise to be prepared. In case of a potential emergency, a little preparation can go a long way.
Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst
We’re learning new information about the virus every day. Coronavirus has interesting characteristics that make it unique. One specific difference is that it seems to have a short contagious period before the victim expresses any symptoms.
In Layman’s terms, you may be contagious before you realize you have the virus. Many victims of the virus won’t stay home from work or avoid public places because they won’t know they need to, which means the virus will spread more easily.
This unique characteristic is what gives the coronavirus a greater R0 value. An R0 value describes how spreadable a disease is. If a virus has an R0 value of 3-5, it means that on average, one sick person would likely infect three to five people who were not resistant to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We don’t know the exact R0 value for the coronavirus yet, but last week, several reports placed the figure between 2 and 3. The World Health Organization originally reported that the virus’s R0 falls slightly lower, at between 1.4 and 2.5, but now they think it could be much higher. The number can also depend on the country affected, because it can vary with hygiene and sanitation factors.
To put that into perspective for you, diseases such as polio, smallpox and rubella have R0 values in the 5 to 7 range. The measles virus ranks among the most highly transmissible diseases on the planet, with an estimated R0 value of 12 to 18.
What You Need to Know About Stopping This Virus.
If an outbreak does happen in the US, the key to winning the war against the coronavirus lies in getting the R0 value down to 1. If we can do that, we win!
But how do you lower a R0 value?
You limit the virus’ ability to spread by taking strategic precautions.
If the virus does make its way to your local area and begins to infect your social network, you’ll need to be prepared to implement isolation and sanitation measures.
Isolation and Sanitation Strategies You Need to Know:
- Limit personal touching, like hugging, kissing, hand shaking, etc.
- It’s a good idea to wash your hands on a regular basis, especially before you eat and after you exit public places or open doors.
- To be extra cautious, refrain from touching your face. Try not rub your eyes or touch your mouth and nose. If the virus were able to get on your hands, you’d be more likely to infect yourself if you touch your face a lot.
- Surfaces should be wiped down regularly with bleach sanitation wipes, especially those in public areas. A little cleanliness and sanitation can go a long way in preventing spread of a virus.
- Masks are not very effective. You’ll probably see a lot of people wearing masks, but this virus is so small that it will go through or around the mask (unless the mask is very well fitted and sealed, which most are not).
Rest assured that our country’s medical system is already preparing for a potential coronavirus outbreak. They are stocking up on anti-viral medications and preparing doctors, nurses and other personnel to work long hours if this virus becomes a problem here in the US.
But remember, conventional medicine can do little to prepare your body to fight off a viral infection like the coronavirus. There is no vaccine and the flu vaccine will not protect you from it. So this is where preventative medicine and natural health strategies can be very helpful.
The healthier you are when the virus gets here, the better! So what can you do to improve your health and support your body’s natural healing abilities?
Every day, more doctors are embracing evidence-based alternative therapies for improving the health and wellness of their patients. Currently, more than 30% of Americans adults report using healthcare approaches not typically associated with conventional medicine, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
These natural health strategies include – but are not limited to – nutrition, diet, exercise, chiropractics, acupuncture, homeopathy, essential oils and more.
Tips to Naturally Improve Your Health and Immune System:
- Vitamin C – This vitamin plays a vital role in boosting your body’s immune system and healing capabilities. Because your body doesn’t produce vitamin C, you need to get it from your diet. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach. Vitamin C is also available as an oral supplement, typically in the form of capsules and chewable tablets.
- Vitamin A – As an oral supplement, this vitamin benefits people who have a poor or limited diet or who have a condition that increases the need for vitamin A, such as pancreatic disease, eye disease or measles. The recommended daily amount of vitamin A is 900 micrograms (mcg) for adult men and 700 mcg for adult women. If you are pregnant, though, you should not take it.
- Vitamin D – This vitamin is a game-changer for many people. You definitely want to make sure you have sufficient levels of vitamin D in your body. Many older adults who don’t get regular exposure to sunlight and have trouble absorbing vitamin D are great candidates for this supplement. The recommended daily amount of vitamin D is 400 international units (IU) for children up to age 12 months, 600 IU for ages 1 to 70 years, and 800 IU for people over 70 years old.
- Iodine (with iodide) – Before the development of antibiotics for treating infections, iodine was the go-to solution. Iodine can be helpful for your thyroid and metabolism, and since the immune system relies on the proper functioning of the metabolism to stay strong, iodine may be useful to boost your immune system.
- Reduce Sugar Intake – One of the most impactful things you can do to boost your immune system is to limit the amount of refined sugar in your diet. According to research, eating just 100 grams of refined sugar could reduce the reactivity of white blood cells (the part of your immune system that fights viruses) for up to 4-5 hours.
- Chiropractic Care is a natural healing art used by millions of people around the globe to improve health, improve structure and function of the body and promote natural healing. I highly recommend you enlist a chiropractor to your health team if you don’t already have one.
- Acupuncture is a natural healing art. It’s a key component of traditional Chinese medicine. It’s sometimes used to treat pain, but it’s increasingly being used for overall wellness, including stress management.
- Homeopathy is a natural healing art used by many people worldwide. It’s a system of healing based on the belief that the body can cure itself. Those who practice it use tiny amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals. They believe these stimulate the healing process.
- Essential oils are liquid extracts of various potentially beneficial plants. Manufacturing processes can extract the useful compounds from these plants. They are usually more condensed and contain higher levels of active ingredients. Many natural medicine practitioners, such as aromatherapists, use essential oils. Aromatherapy involves diffusing these essential oils into the air.
The health tips and strategies mentioned above are smart strategies to practice on a regular basis, whether you suspect a viral outbreak or not. It’s never too early to start making healthier choices… In fact, your life depends on it.