- 56 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 infection and 44 have had negative results (March 9th, 2020)
- WHO says that hand sanitizers, face masks and even the most potent of antibiotics cannot prevent the Coronavirus strains from spreading.
- WHO also reports that as of February 26th, over 80,980 confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been reported globally. Of these, 2,762 people lost their fight against COVID-19.
- As per a CNN report, by the end of January, the number of people infected in Wuhan, China by Coronavirus, exceeded the total number of people infected by SARS in 2003 globally.
- As per the BBC, the elderly are more vulnerable to the novel Coronavirus.
With China at its epicenter, the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm and has now come into Arizona. All of the five confirmed and presumed positive cases have been in either Maricopa or Pinal counties, and Arizona is one of a minority of states where “community transmission” of the novel virus has occurred. The first case was reported from Wuhan, China, on December 31st, 2019, and within two month’s time, it has already infected and taken thousands of lives. The stats shared above throw enough light on the intensity of the spread of novel coronavirus and the struggle to fight against it.
CoronaVirus is not a new disease and the virus strains have been living among us for years. It is commonly found in many animal species like camels, cats, cattle, and bats. But it is the new strain of the virus, which goes by the name SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 that has made hell break lose.
What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
The common symptoms of Coronavirus are nothing different from the general flu. It includes fever, coughing, breathlessness, fatigue and muscle cramps. However, it is only in the severe situation that symptoms like pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure come to fore.
Check out this helpful PDF by the CDC
CoronaVirus: What to do?
As mentioned in the very first fact, wearing face masks and staying sanitized will not be of much help. Though these are a part of the standard protocol in case of an epidemic, there’s more that you will need to do. Besides, most patients of coronavirus are older people with lower immunities.
Though Coronavirus has been declared as a global emergency by WHO, yet the current projections of its spread into the US are only probable. Albeit, this is attributed to insufficient data, but chances are still ripe that it may spread into the US by mid to late March and April.
So let’s see what you can do to stay safe. Please note that most of these precautions except for masks and gloves, are similar to those taken in the Influenza seasons, but are equally potent to protect from Coronavirus infection.
Your hands carry the maximum amount of pathogens, and handshakes aid their spread. So bow down like the Japanese, fold hands like Indians, or keep it to verbal greetings, but avoid handshakes at all costs.
2. Use your fist or knuckles in place of fingertips at public places
At public places, use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc, instead of your fingertips, as it is the palm that we mostly touch our face with and not the back of the hand. For other things like a gasoline dispenser, doorknobs use a paper towel if not a disposable glove.
3. Use disinfectant wipes more often
Use disinfectant wipes at the stores and other public places to wipe your own hands, the handles, restaurant tables, and child seats in grocery carts, et cetera.
Wash your hands with soap for at least 10-20 seconds and/or use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content higher than 60%. It will be a good habit to keep a bottle of sanitizer available at your home’s entrance so that any form of germs are kept outside the door. Besides, you may also place one in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands. Your purse, if you carry one, must also have a bottle of sanitizer.
5. Use disposable tissues instead of handkerchiefs
Even when you have a random cough or sneeze, use disposable tissues and discard them as soon as possible. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain an infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
Most of us millennials stay short on the dosage of VItamins vitamins A, C, and D in our routine diet. But these are the ones that boost our immunity to fight against diseases.
Eat more of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables like orange, guava, tomato, capsicum, carrots, and all other orange and yellow colored vegetables and fruits
Please note that if you have specific health conditions like Diabetes, Pregnancy, or Retinal ailments, consult your local naturopathic before making any drastic diet changes.
We also recommend that our patients take the following supplements to boost immunity and reduce the severity of the infection if got exposed.
You can purchase the supplements through our online FullScript store here https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/ascendsnaturalmedicine
7. Iodine is a pathogen killer
Iodine is another measure that is to be kept in check in order to have strong immunity. Iodine is, in fact, a potent terminator of all kinds of pathogens, viruses or bacteria. An average adult needs 0.14mg of iodine per day. Seaweed, Cod, Prunes, Dairy products, Iodized Salt, Shrimp, Tuna, Eggs are some of the iodine-rich food sources. For consuming higher levels of Iodine, a Naturopathics consultation is advised.
Consuming too much refined sugar in the form of carbonated drinks, sweets and desserts can have adverse effects on your health. It particularly impacts the way white blood cells work and thus reduces immunity. Consequently, it may also impact your cardiovascular and respiratory system. So it’s better kept in check, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
9. Stay Hydrated
Water is man’s true friend and the most important part of our diet. A popular research website says that not drinking enough water can have a negative impact on your respiratory system. And as it is, since CoronaVirus is a kind of Respiratory infection, staying hydrated will enhance your immunity against the virus. And other infections in general.
What do you need to stock up before the virus spreads in the US?
Here is what I have stocked as a part of my preparation for the pandemic spread to the US.
1) Get latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outdoor activity when you come in contact with possibly contaminated areas.
Note: Coronavirus is spread via large droplets transmitted off while coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land carries the infection for about a week on average. In fact, everything that is associated with an infected person will be contaminated and potentially contagious. Yet, it is only your hands carrying the virus or a sneeze from an infected person on your face that can launch the virus through your nose or mouth into your lungs where it actually infects you.
- Do you know that we touch our nose or mouth 90 times a day without knowing it! So stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth. This is the only way this virus can infect you since it is lung-specific. But please note that the mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth – it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.
- Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves, but do ensure to get the appropriate sizes for your family. The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based with an alcohol content of at least 60% to be effective.
- Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges are said to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed, several times each day, when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms. Besides, it is best to lie down and let the lozenges dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges are one brand available, though many other options are also available.
- Toilet paper and other necessities are already seeing shortages in local grocery and bulk warehouse stores. We recommend ordering online so you can make sure you have supplies if needed.
When you don’t have vaccines or effective antibiotics, awareness could be your only help!
For now, there is no known cure for CoronaVirus. Not even the highest grade antibiotics have much influence on the deadly virus strains.
So, all that the medics are trying to do is to reduce its severity among the patients, and that’s how many are able to return home after being infected. But unlucky few who had a very weak immunity had to bear the brunt of their former food habits and health ailments.
I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic shall be reasonably contained but it takes education and knowledge to make sure we are doing the right things. Humans have never seen this type of virus before and have no internal defense against it and tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. And though, unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved; the truth is that there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.
And what you could do best is stay healthy and boost your immunity with a proper diet. It is also recommended to get a holistic plan from a physician that specializes in immune regeneration and provides the best overall support your body needs. At Ascends Natural Medicine, we have the right expertise and skills to help prep up your body in the most natural way. We recommend taking all the necessary precautions above which can help protect you and your loved ones from the spread of the disease. If you are sick, we recommend staying at home and quarantining yourself from others until better. If you have flu symptoms and they don’t go away within a couple of days time, we recommend visiting a local emergency room to get checked.
Dr.Nandyala NMD is the founder of Ascends Natural Medicine with two locations in Gilbert and Casa Grande, AZ. She specializes in Diabetes Management, Medical Weight loss, Bio-identical hormone replacement, Pain management, Chronic Fatigue and many other health issues. She uses several modalities in her practice like IV therapy, Compounded prescriptions, Herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Prolotherapy and more.
We offer a free 10-minute consultation with Dr. Nandyala to help you learn whether she is the right doctor for you. Call us at 480-253-9533 to schedule your free consult, or to get started with your comprehensive initial consultation.