Covid-19 or the coronavirus is a serious pandemic affecting many people worldwide. To date (April 6th 2020, 8:16pm), over 1,344,408 people have been infected with over 74,635 deaths globally. While some persons recover from the infection, others experience severe symptoms such as pneumonia, ARP, static shock or death. For more information on the Sars-cov-2 or covid 19, read our Novel coronavirus pandemic news

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How to protect yourself from the Covid-19 virus

To protect yourself from the covid-19 virus it is essential that you sanitize your hands daily and refrain from touching your T-points. Your t-points are the eyes, nose and mouth which gives access to the virus to enter your body. The tips below can also help you protect yourself and your loved ones from the coronavirus and these include: 

  1. Light moderate exercise: Exercise helps boost the immune system and get rid of bad toxins, inflammation and free radicals in the body. 20-30 minutes of exercise allows the body to sweat and detoxify the body. This also allows for oxygen to flow throughout the body and the heart to function better. 
  2. Eat Fresh fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which all help to boost the body’s immune system. 
  3. Drink Tea: Drinking teas such as Green tea, black tea, turmeric, moringa and others can significantly boost your body’s immune system and help the body fight infections and viruses. 
  4. Drinks lots of water: Keeping hydrated is important as the body is made up of 70% water. By drinking lots of water, this will allow your body to flush out the bad toxins, free radicals and other bad substances which may lead to you getting ill.
  5. Santize and disenfect regularly: It is recommended that you sanitize your hands regularly when out in hotspots or public and supermarkets to help reduce the spread of the disease. Since the disease survives on surfaces for several hours to days, sanitizing your hands or washing your hands regularly will remove any coronavirus and bacteria on your hands.
  6. Vitamin D: Can be created naturally from the sunlight exposure with the use of cholesterol. This essential nutrient helps boost the immune system, promote stronger bones and boost the immune system. Sun, fish
  7. Multivitamin: Consuming multivitamins is a great way to add the essential nutrients needed on a daily basis. Vitamins A, B, C, K and others collectively will help to enhance your 
  8. Refrain from travel to highly impacted countries: Countries such as Italy and China are two countries highly impacted with the Covid-19 virus. Therefore, travel to these along with other countries affected should be avoided.
  9. Avoid persons who show flu like symptoms: Since the covid-19 virus symptoms can be detected within 2-14 days, it may be very easy to get in contact with an infected individual. 
  10. Wear a mask or protective gear: Recent updates from CDC and the WHO has now indicated that wearing a face mask may help to prevent touching of the T-spots (mouth, nose and eyes) while also reducing the likelyhood of the transmission of the disease. 

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How does the disease spread? 

The disease is spread through body fluids such as coughing, sneezing or touching surfaces and objects which are infected with the virus then rubbing your hands in your eyes, mouth and nose. The World Health Organization recommends covering your mouth and nose when sneezing likewise avoiding persons who show flu like symptoms.

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Life of the covid-19 virus

The disease can travel up to 3 feet or 1m in droplets from infected persons and survive on objects and different surfaces for up to 96 hours. Therefore it’s important to sanitize your hands regularly when out in public places and refrain crowded locations or persons with flu like symptoms. 

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Who is most vulnerable? 

Persons with previous health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, old age, COPD, SARS and other poor immune system. CDC recommends if you fall into this category; avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel. Also avoid persons who are sick and wash your hands frequently.”

Testing for Covid-19

If you do develop flu like or coronavirus symptoms, it is recommended to contact your healthcare provider who will provide the relevant information on how to get tested. Avoid leaving your home and going straight to the hospital. If you are infected, you could infect others with the disease. And if you’re not infected, you may get in contact with someone with the disease which makes you vulnerable. 

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Treatment for Covid-19 

There are no cure for covid-19 or coronavirus. However doctors and healthcare practitioners may treat individuals for flu like symptoms such as fever, muscle pain and coughing etc. Since there are no treatment, regularly sanitizing and cleaning your hands and surroundings will minimize the transmission of the disease. 

 

Final thoughts on Covid-19

The coronavirus or covid-19 can be prevented by following the advisory above. The Center for Disease Prevention and Treatment recommends, refraining from unnecessary travel, avoiding crowded locations and persons who show flu like symptoms likewise sanitize your hands frequently. While there isn’t any treatment or cure for the virus, by protecting yourself you can minimize the risk of getting infected. 

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