Coronavirus and What You Can Do

As we step into the first few months of 2020, it seems like everywhere you turn, someone is talking about the dreaded coronavirus. Talk of coronavirus has incited a rising panic – with people across the globe preparing for the worst. Many patients have been enquiring as to what they can do to prevent infection and boost their immune systems. The following is some important information to help you and your loved ones stay healthy! 

What Is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a virus that primarily affects the respiratory system. While there are around a dozen different types of coronaviruses, only three can infect humans. Our current health threat is a strain of coronavirus officially known as SARS-COV-2 and causes a disease which has been dubbed Covid-19.

It’s thought to be an airborne virus – meaning it’s spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes. These droplets can end up on a surface (like your hands or a doorknob) and then be spread if you come into contact with the contaminated surface.

Once the coronavirus is contracted, symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.

What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?

The coronavirus can remain latent for anywhere from two to 14 days – meaning people can be infected without showing any symptoms for up to 4 days.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  •  Shortness of breath

Additional symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Muscular stiffness and pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise, extreme generalized fatigue
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
  • Night sweats
  • Stomach upset, such as nausea or diarrhea

The symptoms of coronavirus are quite like the flu – adding to the hysteria as flu season has been in full swing.

Is the Coronavirus Deadly?

Currently, the coronavirus is estimated to have at most a two to three percent fatality rate. While that might sound scary at first glance, it’s important to put those numbers into perspective.

At the time of this article, 130,095 have been infected with the coronavirus with a little over 4700 people who have died from the coronavirus. Compare that to an estimated 291,000 to 646,000 people that die from the seasonal flu every year across the globe. Even if the deaths from coronavirus increased by a hundredfold, the number of deaths would only be approaching the lower limits of the estimated death toll caused by existing strains of the flu virus. At present in Canada, there are 138 confirmed cases with 1 death and the risk currently remains low for Canadians.

Many individuals who contract the coronavirus have mild symptoms that resolve without complication. Some have no symptoms at all, which is why people are often walking around or traveling and spreading the virus without even knowing they are infected. Those most at risk of death have other pre-existing conditions that leave their immune or respiratory systems compromised. Those at risk are patients with uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, COPD or emphysema as well as the elderly or people who are immune compromised.

How Can You Protect Yourself from Coronavirus?

When it comes to defending yourself against coronavirus, it’s best to take a two-pronged approach- avoiding potential contact with the virus and bolstering your natural ability to fight infection.

Take Precautions
The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs is straightforward. Simply taking some basic precautions to keep viruses and bacteria from entering your body can go a long way in keeping you safe.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water – scrubbing all surfaces of your hands for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget under the fingernails!
  • Use an alcohol-based, non-toxic hand sanitizer to clean your hands if soap and water aren’t available. Always choose soap and water if available over hand sanitizer.
  • Always wash your hands before eating or touching your face. Do your best to NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE! It is estimated that we touch our face 20 times per hour.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect any frequently touched objects or surfaces with cleaning sprays or wipes.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or feeling under the weather.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Skip shaking hands!

These tips may sound simple, but they’re powerful, and just doing these things will go a long way.

Encountering some germs is unavoidable but keeping your immune system super charged is the best way to fight off any invaders.

To keep your immune system running at full force, here’s what I recommend:

  • Get plenty of restful sleep. Your immune system requires large amounts of energy, so it depends on adequate sleep to function at full capacity. Aim for a minimum of 7-8 hours of quality restful sleep each night. Do everything you can to improve your sleep hygiene and make sleep an absolute priority.
  • Reduce stress. Emotional stress ravages our immune system and creates a fierce state of inflammation. Take all measures to reduce stress in your life and practice daily deep breathing and mindfulness.
  • Protect your gut. Most of your immune system resides in your gut so keeping your gut healthy and happy will go a long way in protecting you against viruses. Eat a diet that is high in fiber and beneficial bacteria by choosing foods like nuts and seeds, legumes, whole grains, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha and miso. Choose brightly coloured fruits and vegetables in abundance and avoid processed foods and sugar as much as possible.
  • Eat your Vitamins. The more nutrition you have, the better and stronger you will be, especially with vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A-rich foods include carrots, sweet potato and organ meats. Vitamin C-rich foods include bell peppers and citrus. Vitamin E-rich foods include nuts, seeds and leafy greens.
  • Sip Bone Broth. This is another daily habit I adopt in the winter and that I recommend my patients follow. Sipping on 8-10 ounces of bone broth not only improves gut function but also provides you with key immune supporting nutrients. You can make your own or purchase it from local health food stores.

Dr Cobi’s Recommended Flu Prevention and Immune Boosting Protocol

Supplements are one of the most potent ways to give your body a boost and drastically improve its ability to fight off infection. Here are some of the most powerful immune-boosting supplements that I recommend taking.

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For Adults:

Vitamin D3/k2 capsules. Adults take one capsule daily. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in modulating immune system function and a deficiency can put a damper on your ability to fight off infection.

Liquid vitamin D3/K2/A drops - Adults take one dropper full.Vitamin D plays a crucial role in modulating immune system function and a deficiency can put a damper on your ability to fight off infection.

Immucore- Adults take 1 tablet 3 times per day with food. ImmuCore® is designed to provide a multiple mechanistic approach to support immune system health. This formula features Ultra Potent-C®—developed for enhanced cellular uptake of vitamin C—combined with zinc, vitamin D and a concentrated blend of mushroom extracts.

Bio Immunozyme Forte- Adults take 1 tablet 2 times per day with food.A unique, broad-spectrum multiple supplement designed to specifically support normal, healthy immune function. Provides a wide array of vitamin, mineral, botanical, amino acid and organ/glandular specific support.

Vitamin C with Flavonoids- Vitamin C is a key antioxidant that plays an integral role in proper immune function. Adults take 2-4 capsules times per day.

Ultra Flora Balance(keep in fridge)- Adults take 1 capsule per day away from food.

Silvercillin Spray- This highly antimicrobial spray combats both bacteria and viruses. Spray 1-2 sprays into the throat 1-2 times per day.

For Children:

HMF Fit for School- This amazing combination of probiotics, vitamin C and vitamin D in a chewable form is great for boosting a child’s immune system (keep in fridge)-chew 1 tablet per day.

Bio Fizz C-Extra Vitamin C is proven to prevent and treat all strains of the flu virus. This delicious orange flavoured drink is a favourite of our younger patients! - ½ to 1 tsp per day mixed into water.

Silvercillin Spray- This highly antimicrobial spray combats both bacteria and viruses. Spray 1-2 sprays into the throat 1-2 times per day.

Vita Kids Immune-Provides important immune-supportive nutrients such as beta-carotene and zinc. This also includes Japanese honeysuckle, blueberry and European elder used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve symptoms of colds and flus. Great-tasting, natural grape-flavoured liquid.1 tsp per day off the spoon, in water or juice.

Recipes

Immune Boosting Fresh Ginger Tea

To create this tea, follow these steps:

  • Juice one to two pounds of ginger and place juice in a jar and refrigerate.
  • Place two to four ounces of ginger juice in a mug with the juice of one-half lemon and a large tablespoon of honey.
  • Add one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne pepper and six ounces of hot water.

Drink two to six cups of this per day, sipping slowly throughout the day.

Recipe (Throat soothing): Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops

½ cup honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp freshly grated ginger root

Instructions

  • Put ingredients into a small saucepan.
  • Stir frequently until it becomes foamy. Be careful because the honey can burn easily.
  • Remove from heat and continue to stir until the foam reduces.
  • Put the saucepan back on the heat.
  • Repeat this until a candy thermometer reads 300F.
  • Drop a bit into a glass of ice water. If the mixture forms a hard, crunchy ball, it's ready! If not, keep stirring and heating for another minute or two and try with the ice water again.
  • Once a hard ball forms from a drop into the ice water, let the saucepan cool until the foam has reduced.
  • Drizzle the candy into a candy mold or onto oiled parchment paper.
  • Let cool at room temperature until the cough drops are hard.
  • Pop out of the mold or break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Tip: You can sprinkle them with vitamin C powder to keep them from sticking together.

Blessings and good health to all!
Dr Cobi