Well, COVID-19 has hit the United States and everyone is responding. I can’t say whether the threat is real or imaginary. I haven’t met anyone who has had the virus. I don’t know if the reports are true or false.
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So, how does one prevent the coronavirus? We barely know anything about it. What we do know has been reported by governments and agencies that aren’t always truthful. But we’ll include their advice just in case.
1. Wash Your Hands
It is great advice to practice good sanitizing techniques. You should always wash your hands after you use the toilet and touch commonly handled objects. Washing your hands prior to meals is a great idea as well.
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When you come in contact with someone sneezing up a storm, you’ll want to avoid shaking their hand. If you do shake hands, you may want to wash yours an extra time.
2. Boost Your Immune System
This is the one that I believe in the most. Having a robust immune system has likely prevented me from falling sick to the flu when all of my friends were catching it. I have a slightly different method to boosting my immune system than the commonly recommended vitamin C and elderberry.
My approach to a healthy immune system includes the following:
- Eliminate processed sugars
- Stop drinking soda
- Consume a low-carbohydrate/high fat diet
- Increase vitamin D intake
- Drink plenty of water – stay hydrated
Sugar can reduce your immune response by up to 50%. You are shooting yourself in the foot if you are trying to consume cakes and candies and then hoping a quarantine will prevent you from getting the disease. Stop the sugar consumption.
Break the sugar addiction. It will be difficult, but you can do it. I was able to break my sugar addiction by going keto in about 2 weeks. Sure, it can be tempting when you are around sugar. The thought of a sweet taste in your mouth is tempting, but you won’t crave it.
According to a study done in the Journal of Investigative medicine, vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as susceptibility to infection. The vitamin D receptor is expressed in immune cells.
Harvard Health reported that micronutrient deficiencies may reduce your immune response. Deficiencies of selenium, zinc, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B, C, E and K alter immune responses in animals. It is less clear whether they impact the immune system in humans.
To combat nutrient deficiencies, I am recommending a ketogenic diet. It is high in the fat soluble vitamins of A, D, E and K. Meat also tends to have plenty of iron, copper, folic acid, selenium and zinc. (Based on what the cronometer app is telling me when I put in my food diary! Not sure how accurate it is!)
3. Cover Your Mouth When You Sneeze
The CDC recommends that you cover your mouth when you sneeze. This is pretty good advice. If you do happen to have the virus, it will prevent the spread. From what I understand, the virus is spread through fluids. Use a tissue to capture any liquids you expel when you sneeze.
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4. Monitor Your Symptoms
You won’t likely have symptoms when you first come in contact with the virus. The incubation period is 5 days. You could be spreading the virus for up to 5 days without knowing it. Once you start feeling symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, you’ll want to isolate yourself.
Don’t ignore the symptoms of COVID-19. Seek prompt medical attention if the symptoms are worsening. Most symptoms are mild and can be maintained at home. The CDC recommends that you call your doctor before going to prevent the spread of the virus. They will let you know if you need to be treated.
Symptoms of COVID-19 and the percentage of people who had them according to WebMD:
- Fever: 88%
- Dry cough: 68%
- Fatigue: 38%
- Coughing up sputum, or thick phlegm, from the lungs: 33%
- Shortness of breath: 19%
- Bone or joint pain: 15%
- Sore throat: 14%
- Headache: 14%
- Chills: 11%
- Nausea or vomiting: 5%
- Stuffy nose: 5%
- Diarrhea: 4%
- Coughing up blood: 1%
- Swollen eyes: 1%
5. Avoid Crowds
In a crowd the chances of interacting with someone who has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus are higher. Steer clear of crowds where people may be spreading the virus unknowingly. This includes going to concerts, church congregations and sporting events.
The government has already shut down most places where there will be crowds, so this one should be easy.
6. Buy Plenty of Toilet Paper
There is no telling when diarrhea will hit and you will need more. (I’m kidding. I have no idea why toilet paper is being stockpiled. I do know going to the bathroom will be very uncomfortable when we all run out… Perhaps it is time to invest in a bidet.)
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Preventing the spread of COVID-19 may be difficult, but stay positive. We can get through this. And hopefully, we’ll all survive!