Coronavirus COVID-19– Should you be worried?
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is all over the news and social media. Some say it’s a hoax, and others are saying it needs to be taken seriously. My thought is that the first thing everyone should do if focus on themselves and do what you can to boost your health and immune system in the unlikely event you are exposed to an unfriendly virus or other pathogen.
Is this new Coronavirus really a danger? As of early March, it has been estimated that the coronavirus had infected more than 90,000 and killed more than 3,000 people globally. It is, however, likely that many more people have been exposed that have had very mild or no symptoms. Statistically, the severity of the flu virus is higher than the Coronavirus. Most serious complications, whether it’s the flu or Coronavirus, are in immunocompromised people. Healthy people are just not at as much risk.
Both the coronavirus and influenza are seasonal respiratory illnesses. Both have similar symptoms. Both are contagious. Both can be deadly. Both usually do not cause long term problems.
Symptoms of both are quite similar, fever, cough, fatigue, trouble breathing. People over the age of 65 and anyone with a compromised immune system to seem to be most at risk of being infected with either viral disease that is spread through respiratory droplets. The coronavirus seems to be less harmful than the seasonal flu to young children who have presented with mild or no symptoms. Doctors recommend taking the same precautions prior to infection or steps for treatment for the coronavirus that you would the flu.
- Wash your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- Steer clear from unnecessary travel
Prevention is Key:
- Boost your immune system with Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Probiotics
- Rest, healthy diet and fluids to avoid dehydration.
If you do have troubled breathing or abnormally high fevers seek medical attention.
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Best of Health,
Lonquist, BSc., DC, CCST, CCWP, CFMP