A 15-year-old boy in our area has the coronavirus. He goes to a local private school. As a result, that private school has closed for a couple of weeks.
When news of the Coronavirus hit, panic struck. The media needed a good story. So the highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus became the top story.
The government evacuated Americans from Hunan Provence, which was the hardest hit by the virus. Americans were scared and stopped flying to China. And airlines canceled flights to China.
But is the hysteria really necessary? The answer is NO – here’s why.
The numbers seem scary. This new coronavirus, dubbed COVID-2019, has caused at least 88,000 illnesses and more than 3,000 deaths. These numbers continue to climb, but we need to put them in perspective.
Consider the flu. This year alone, the flu has already caused over 32 million illnesses in the U.S. It’s hospitalized over 310,000 of those people. And it’s led to the deaths of more than 18,000 this season. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
So at this point, the Coronavirus isn’t nearly as scary as the flu.
Now, the numbers could change. The virus is very contagious. So the number of cases could skyrocket quickly. However, with fewer than 100 cases in the U.S. at this point, we’re not likely to see a pandemic.
But what if we do?
We know a lot about the flu virus. We know that come March or April, the number of cases are going to drop quickly. But we don’t know very much about COVID-2019 because it’s so new. It’s something of a wild card in terms of how far it will spread and how many deaths it will cause. We don’t know if it will go away in the spring like the flu. So some people are scared. But the vast majority of us have nothing to worry about.
The CDC says that about 0.05% of people who caught the flu this season have died from the virus in the U.S. We’re still not sure what the death rate for 2019-nCoV is, but it appears to be higher than that of the flu. So far, the death rate has been about 3%. That’s worrisome, but still not enough for most of us to panic.
The big question is: How can you lower your risk of catching the Coronavirus? And, if you do catch it, how can you make sure you survive it?
Well, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an interesting finding on the Coronavirus that gives us a good idea of how we deal with this relatively unknown virus. According to the report, “The median age of patients is between 49 and 56 years. Cases in children have been rare.”
So why aren’t more children getting sick? The report goes on to say, “Although most cases appear to be mild, all patients admitted to the hospital have pneumonia with infiltrates on chest x-ray and ground glass opacities on chest computed tomography. About a third of patients subsequently developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and required care in the intensive care unit. This is particularly true for patients with co-morbid conditions such as diabetes or hypertension.”
The last sentence gives us the answer: The stronger your immune system, the less likely you are to have trouble with the Coronavirus.
Dr. Raina MacIntyre, an epidemiologist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, told The New York Times that adults are more susceptible to these new viruses (viruses that haven’t mutated much) because they have illnesses that weaken their ability to fight infection. The Times article pointed out that “the body’s innate immunity, which is critical for fighting viruses, also deteriorates with age, and particularly after middle age.”
According to Dr. MacIntyre, “Something happens at age 50. It [the immune system] declines, and it declines exponentially, which is why for most infections we see the highest incidence in the elderly.”
That means the best way to avoid the virus is to strengthen your immune system.
When the news about the Coronavirus hit, one of the airports that still had flights going and coming from China was here in Atlanta. So the physicians at Real Health Medical started working on a protocol that would both prevent and treat the virus. We wanted to be prepared in case it spread to our area — and the first cases have now come to Georgia. (By the way, rubber gloves and a facemask won’t protect you on a plane. Instead, wash your hands a lot, use essential oil or silver hand sanitizer frequently depending on contact with the public, and take the precautions listed below.)
<p">What follows is the protocol we developed for a home treatment plan for prevention – and what we can do for you here at Real Health Medical if you do develop the disease. It’s important to note that most of this is very similar to the treatment protocol for the flu or any other virus.
Any prevention and treatment program should begin with garlic, astragalus, vitamin D, and NAC. And, since Coronavirus hits the respiratory system especially hard, it’s good to use a nasal grapefruit seed extract (Xlear – available from Amazon) and Sambucol (elderberry — available at any drugstore), both of which protect and treat the entire respiratory tract. In addition to these, we added the following:
In addition to your basic flu prevention, it’s good to protect against new viral outbreaks by taking the following:
If you know you’ve been exposed or the epidemic worsens, you can increase the dose to twice daily.
Additional considerations include one of the following:
Again, if you know you’ve been exposed or the epidemic worsens, you can increase the dose to twice daily.
If prevention fails and you do come down with the virus, begin taking the following immediately:
If you’re taking these treatments and your symptoms worsen, you should begin to take the following IV therapies (available at Real Health Medical):
It’s likely the IV vitamin C and the ozone will be plenty to take out any viral infection you may encounter. But the others can be added as needed.
Because the Coronavirus is similar to other upper respiratory infections, such as the H1N1 virus, the biggest problem comes when the infection turns into pneumonia. Most people don’t have to worry about that. But, if you have a compromised immune system, this becomes become dangerous. So make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your immunity up.
In the next few weeks, the number of cases around the world is going to climb. It’s impossible to completely contain the virus, especially given the pace and complexity of international travel. But with this protocol in hand, there’s no reason to panic. More than likely the worst you ever experience is the mild symptoms of a cold. Yes, this is a serious and novel pathogen. But it isn’t impossible to beat. In fact, given the right treatments, you really have nothing to worry about. Let the news display their hysteria – you’re protected.
And if you develop the coronavirus or any other illness, call Real Health Medical and make an appointment. We can help you reduce the duration of the illness and get you back on your feet much faster.
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