Managing COVID-19 is best managed by calm, prevention and immunity
This won’t be the first or the last article that you will read about the Coronavirus and the particular strain known as COVID-19 which has so badly disrupted the lives of millions all over the world.
Hopefully it is an article however that will put a few things into perspective and offer some really useful advice. Panic is something that will neither be helpful, or in fact is even necessary. This pandemic is something that is best handled in fact by calm, prevention and immunity boosting habits.
Myths and mysteries
The Coronavirus has been around for a long time and this strain is just one of 7, some of which are very common. There are only 3 though that can cause outbreaks. You may remember SARS and MIRS, both previous alarming outbreaks, but more readily contained. This strain is officially SARS CO-V-2 – later named COVID-19.
It is not the great ‘killer’ virus that some make it out to be. The elderly (over 70s) and those whose health is already compromised are at higher risk, but even in the heavily infected countries only 1 in every 10,000 of the population are being infected and the fatality rate globally has so far been under 10,000 of over 120,000 known infections (at time of writing). This is a small number by comparison for example to Tuberculosis which kills around 250,000 people per year! Regardless we in no way want to dim the seriousness of this virus, but it is merely our goal to put the current situation into perspective for you.
How do we get it?
It is quite simple to understand really. The virus is transmitted primarily through the spread of saliva when infected people cough or speak. Unfortunately, COVID-19 spreads very rapidly (almost at double the rate of the common flu).
The primary symptoms are sore throat, coughing and shortness of breath. If these are experienced, we are advised not to go to our doctors, but to call them for advice as to where we can get interviewed and tested. Testing is only carried out if we meet certain criteria.
- One obvious preventative measure therefore is maintaining a safe distance from infected persons. The recommended distance is about 2 metres and one of the most effective ways to do this is via ‘social distancing’. Will actually physical distancing because in this day and age we are fortunate enough to still connect with each other on a social level through the availability of all the online platforms. This has now become a luxury and a commodity which during previous outbreaks humanity was lacking. This is what has caused the recommendations to work from home and not attend any area where there are crowds.
In highly affected areas, total lockdown has been recommended and shown to be a successful way to curb the virus curve.
- As the virus exists on surfaces and can be passed from person to person through hand shaking and hugging, these have been cautioned against. The regular washing of hands is essential – and this must be done with soap, or even better sanitizer, for at least 20 seconds. Rinsing with water alone will not remove the virus.
- We are also recommended to avoid touching our faces as the virus enters through the eyes, mouth and nose. The wearing of masks had so far only been recommended for health workers though as masks are in short supply. The wearing of gloves does not really help as the virus rests on the gloves and can still be passed on. But if you feel like this is preventative for your own health, then do what you feel is needed. Anything helps but just remember that wearing a glove and then touching your face defeats the purpose.
- The cleaning of surfaces is very important as this is where the virus primarily rests and in cold climates, it especially can do so for some time. It is advised to use a good, thorough cleaner like ADL surface disinfectant (link attached) which kills almost 100% of germs, bacteria, fungi – and especially viruses!
- Maintaining a high level of immunity, just as one does for the flu is vital. Eating plenty of vegetables (Cruciferous veg, like Broccoli are best) and fruit (particularly citrus fruit) and ingesting high anti-oxidant rich foods and drinks like garlic and green tea (as just 2 examples) is vital.
- Even more effective is to take a concentrated immunity booster like the JVL Immune Boost pack (link to product attached). Healthy people with a high level of immunity are very unlikely to be any more affected by COVID-19 than by a normal flu virus.
The bad and the good news
The really damaging effect of this virus is likely to be an economic one. Some products may be difficult to obtain as production can obviously be severely compromised in these times. Panic buying however, is probably not necessary, as all essentials have remained available to people even in the worst hit areas.
It will take a long time to recover from the economic knock on and obvious loss of jobs and revenues, but if we stand together as one – and observe these preventative measures – this dark cloud too will eventually reveal a silver lining.
In China for the first time in years the air is clean and in Venice the canals are clear. In China the number of cases is diminishing by the day and the virus has been brought in check through calm, prevention and immunity boosters.
Let’s stand firmly together (just not too close – LOL) and we too will ride out this storm and conquer this enemy.
Stay healthy and victorious tribe!