CORONAVIRUS: HOW TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: MAPS
Updated: Mar 27, 2020
On March 20, 2020, President Trump announced that chloroquine will be fast-tracked to treat coronavirus. Chloroquine has been a mainstay drug to treat malaria transmitted by mosquitos for decades and is produced by over 200 manufacturers, including many generic forms. Chinese researchers found the drug promising for coronavirus. There are a couple of other anti-viral drugs called into action, but as of date, there is no magic pill or vaccine for coronavirus.
Hans Andersag (1902-1955) is credited with the discovery of Chloroquine way back in 1934 while working for Bayer AG. Although chloroquine can result in serious side effects like seizures, muscle damage, vision loss, and low blood cell levels, it remains on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines which are among the most effective and safest medicines--as judged by WHO. (Not you or me.)
Chloroquine has availability as a generic medication with a wholesale cost in the developing world of about 4 cents. about US$0.04. In the United States, it costs about US$5.30 per dose which is only a 132.5 times mark-up!
Chloroquine was used effectively in the treatment of SARS and works by preventing the nasty virus from attaching to your precious cells. It hampers the formation of hemozoin (Hz) from the heme released by the digestion of hemoglobin (Hb). The build-up of free heme then lyses membranes and leads to viral death.
IMMUNE SYSTEM TO THE RESCUE
For precautionary measures to prevent yourself from contracting or spreading the virus, see below, but as far as fighting the virus goes, until something like chloroquine proves itself on massive scales, you will have to fight the coronavirus the good-old-fashioned-way--with your immune system.
Antibiotics treat bacteria, and antifungals treat fungus, and although both may be given to a patient with a virus to help with secondary infections, neither group can kill a virus.
Your immune system is a complex army of cells in your body that fights foreign invaders, including viruses.
You would not live for long without it.
So respect your immune system and prep it for battle, either to stop an initial attack by a virus, or wage a full-scale war if you are infected.
Your immune system functions best when you get enough sleep, moderate exercise, natural and fresh food, and reduce your exposure to toxins, caffeine, smoking, and general stress.
Immune supportive foods include green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach, citrus fruits, and garlic. Chronic stress and infection can deplete essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc. If you go to a hospital with the virus you might get an IV drip of some of these.
The immune system can be distracted and preoccupied with the intake of alcohol, vegetable oils, processed meat, and sugar. Reduce their intake if you want to live a long, healthy life.
Like unnatural foods and liquids, toxins can also weaken our immune system. Reduce your exposure to pesticides, smoking, pollution, food and drink additives, heavy metals, and chemically treated drinking water or toothpaste.
Bottom line: understand and help your immune system to not only keep yourself alive but to reduce the spread of disease to others.
MORE ON THE VIRUS
Coronavirus colds plague us primarily in the early spring and winter.
Up to 30% of common colds arise from nearly 10 different identities of coronaviruses.
For COVID-19, and all other coronaviruses, one major symptom is fever.
Another symptom is shortness of breath.
Coughing is a common, and especially dry cough. Those affected may develop fatigue. Sore throats, sneezing, and a runny nose are less common in COVID-19. But a sore throat is possible with enlarged adenoids.
Pneumonia may arise from coronaviruses in a form directly from the virus or from their laying the groundwork for pneumonia from bacteria. Even multi-organ failure and death are a possibility in severe cases or the elderly.
Mild or severe bronchitis may result from a similar dual assault between viruses and bacteria.
SARS-CoV-2, first labeled in 2003, is a human coronavirus responsible for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which arises from rather unique pathogenesis. SARS features both lower and upper respiratory tract afflictions at the same time.
As of March 2020, there were no drugs or vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, or any other coronavirus.
In mid-March of 2020, with well over 130,000 cases, GI symptoms have been added to the discussion: Additional symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and pain.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rubs to kill viruses.
Maintain social distancing because one cough or sneeze can spray small liquid droplets from the nose or mouth which may contain viruses including COVID-19.
If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth, but not with your hand because you may touch your face with your hand or objects that could transmit the disease. Cough into the bend of your arm, and wash your clothes when you get home.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since these touches may pick up the virus and transfer the virus.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider.
Be especially careful if you go to hospitals. Epidemics have started in poorly maintained hospitals.
In addition to washing our hands with soap frequently for about 20 seconds, apply a disinfectant cleaner regularly to anything you touch at home like faucets, door and appliance handles, and light switches. Clean your hands often especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc.
Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets,
faucets, sinks & cell phones)
Since your immune system is the only way to fight the virus right now, considering supplement a natural diet with supplements related to the immune system. Click on this image of healthy food and supplements to go directly to Amazon's immune supplements.
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