Also known as the coronavirus, COVID-19 is a viral infection that is believed to have started in Wuhan, China. With many feeling overwhelmed by the media and the headlines, we have put together some information about the facts and the best preventative measures, as of right now.
Let's start with what it is. COVID-19 is a viral infection that originated from animals, specifically seafood sold in the Wuhan city fish market. There are now more than 89,000 cases of the virus worldwide. The global death toll from the virus has surpassed 3,000, giving the disease a 2% mortality rate. As of today, the United Stated has over 100 cases and 6 deaths as a result of this coronavirus, but very little testing has been done for this virus in the U.S. so far, so these statistics are likely to change once more testing is done.
The coronavirus can be spread through human-to-human contact. Symptoms include a dry cough, fever, fatigue and difficulty breathing. According to the World Health Organization, one out of six people who get infected with COVID-19 become seriously ill and experience the worst of the symptoms, primarily respiratory difficulties, which can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and even septic shock. Recovery seems to be dependent on immunity. Most who have succumbed to COVID-19 have had compromised immune systems or illnesses like diabetes, cancer or cardiovascular disease.
So far the the best strategy for preventing COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to it. Consider suspending travel to countries with outbreaks. You should also focus on strengthening your immunity, as recovery from COVID-19 seems to depend on the strength of your immune system. Below are some preventative measures to keep yourself healthy and strong. For more detailed immune boosting and supplement recommendations, check our recently published blog on Cold and Flu Season Support.
- Wash your hands routinely with soap and warm water. Lather all over your hands, including the backs, between fingers, and under nails for at least 20 seconds.
- Do not touch your face.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Keep your immune system strong by taking vitamins C and D supplements, as well as probiotics for a healthy gut, and echinacea for additional immune support.
- Eat as healthy a diet as you can.
- Don't panic: The World Health Organization has stated that for people living outside of China, especially the Hubei Province, your risk of being infected is currently low.