This is an update to our previous pandemic article. Let’s first address the unfounded insanity that is currently being spread throughout the media. Please remember that fear sells and it inspires people to return to the original source of the information in order to stay updated. This is another rendition of the old news saying, “If it bleeds, it reads!” It is a better option to fight fear with knowledge.
The current is a novel virus, meaning this is the first time we have seen this particular strain in the human population. We have encountered other novel viral infections in the past, but there is a lack of direct knowledge of this specific virus. We are able to somewhat extrapolate information from these past outbreaks to aid in the support of your body during this pandemic.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently said:
… We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic …
This is a time for facts, not fear.
This is a time for rationality, not rumours.
Please remember that google is not your doctor and that the news and other media sources do not necessarily have your best interest in mind. The best way to protect yourself and your family is being aware of how this infection spreads and by taking steps to minimize exposure.
Viruses spread within large respiratory droplets via coughing and/or sneezing. This means all surfaces where these droplets have landed can be potentially infectious for about 1 week on average. They also spread with direct contact to your mucosal surfaces.
One of the most important preventative steps you can take is to avoid touching your mouth, nose and/or eyes while you are out in public places or wear a mask. Second, be sure to vigorously wash your hands several times a day for at least 30 seconds per time in order to promote removal of any viruses. The length of hand washing combined with scrubbing have been shown to be the two most significant factors involved. To reduce your risk of acquiring the virus, avoid such “high-touch surfaces” as doorknobs, handles, stair rails, pens, keypads, touch screens, point of sale terminals, etc. Use your knuckle to push bush buttons and antimicrobial wipes to hold handles and clean your phone, and/or use gloves.
As this viral pandemic is changing quickly, check the CDC for current up to date information on the current incubation periods and symptoms.
To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat this current virus. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illnesses should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.
Your best support is a balanced immune system. Supportive immune formulas can encourage good innate immune function.
While information so far suggests that most illness is mild out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
"Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases have died," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. This number includes cases in China, which seem to have a higher death rate than other countries.
Interestingly, South Korea has been very proactive with testing its population, which has been extremely effective. Journalist Kim Kyung-Hoon reported in Reuters on 3/5/20 that:
Santa Clara County public health officials are now recommending employers: suspend nonessential travel; minimize or cancel large in-person meetings/conferences; urge sick employees to stay home and not require a doctor’s note; and consider telecommuting options for appropriate employees.
“It’s good to remember that when H1N1 influenza came out in 2009, estimates of case fatality were 10 percent,” David Fisman, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, told Reuters last month. The actual mortality rate turned out to be well under 1 percent when all the data was in.