Currently in China, millions of people are in quarantine lockdown due to the coronavirus – 150 million are on mandated quarantine, but 760 million are on community lockdown with their movements being restricted. This is unprecedented in human history.
As of 3-7-2020, the official numbers from China for statistics for the Coronavirus (whose scientific designation is COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV) are (Source):
You can find up-to-the-minute infection and fatality statistics by country on the following sites:
You can also check all cases in the United States with this handy map from the New York Times.
This article was born of my efforts to understand the coronavirus outbreak and whether or not it was a real concern for my family and readers. After searching through the facts, the misinformation, and the fearmongering, I reached out to trusted resources in the community in order to present you with my findings so you can be informed, be safe, and prepared.
- How big can the outbreak be?
- Questioning reported infection and fatality rates
- Symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 infection
- How to protect yourself from the coronavirus
- Safety protocols and supplies
- What you need to do NOW to prepare
- What worries me more than Coronavirus
Government agencies in the US are now warning its citizens about the coming pandemic. This warning is coming directly from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
“At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or in other countries,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call. “This will trigger a change in our response strategy.”
For healthy people and children, I’ve been informed by virus researchers that the Coronavirus COVID-19) should not pose any more of a threat than the influenza virus. That is reassuring, but not for those with health issues.
In this article, I will explain what factors do predispose you to complications from the coronavirus and exactly why China is having high infection and fatality rates.
“We see that slowly different parts of the planet are starting to realize, you know, this could come here and they’re starting to talk about readiness. I fear they’re too late, that everybody’s dragging their feet in getting ready for this and I think this is going to really explode.” -Laurie Garrett, winner of Pulitzer Prize for her work documenting the Ebola outbreak in Zaire
If you’re not already thinking about how you can prepare and protect yourself, now is the time to start.
How Big Could the Outbreak Be?
On January 31, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global emergency after the death toll in China reached 170.
Biomedical experts using epidemiological models suggest that the infection and fatality numbers are up to 10x higher than what is being reported in the media due to:
- Agencies not receiving and reporting infections and fatalities quickly enough
- Data being withheld by the Chinese government
- Shortage of coronavirus COVID-19 test kits
- Hospitals turning away patients due to overwhelm
- Quality or lack of hospital care and lack of ICU beds
- People infected and dying in their homes
- Improper screening at checkpoints and people taking acetaminophen to lower temperatures to go through checkpoints undetected
Watch this video that reveals likely infection rates in China. Researcher Neil Ferguson of JIDEA, an organization that studies disease outbreaks worldwide, says based on available data and their standardized statistical models, there are likely 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 PER DAY.
Key Points made by JIDEA Researcher Neil Ferguson:
- 50,000 new cases per day in China
- Infections are doubling every 5 days
- True death rate is still unknown
- China infection rates likely to peak in March
- Epidemic peak is still a month away in China
- We are looking at a 3 month timeline in other countries from first report of infection to peak outbreak
- It will be very hard to control this epidemic the way way we did with SARS 15-20 years ago
- Cases are always underestimated
- Death delays are as long as three weeks
- Low reported deaths outside China are not reassuring because of delays
- We still don’t know the full effects
Speaking at a briefing in January, Oxford University professor, Dr Peter Horby, said: “Novel viruses can spread much faster through the population than viruses which circulate all the time because we have no immunity to them.”
Because the outbreak is evolving in real time, we can’t yet see the totality of those infected. Out of view is some proportion of mildly infected people, with minor symptoms or no symptoms, who no one knows are infected.
A fleet of invisible carriers sounds bleak; but in fact, an enormous hidden figure would mean many fewer of the infected are dying.
Tens of thousands of people in Wuhan (in Hubei province) have been officially diagnosed, where ground zero for the outbreak began. Doctors there say there is a shortage of testing kits and other medical supplies, and residents say it is nearly impossible to get the health care they need to treat — or even diagnose — the coronavirus. Hospitals are overwhelmed and patients are leaving due to long lines to get care.
The Epoch Times reported that only “qualified” hospitals received testing kits and even those are only receiving 10% of the numbers of test kits they needed, with some receiving no test kits.
An insider, who works at an organization licensed to give out such diagnosis kits, who spoke to the Chinese-language Epoch Times on Jan. 24, said by controlling the number of available diagnosis kits, China’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) is able to put an upper limit on the confirmed cases every day and avoid paying for treatment of confirmed infected patients.
At most hospitals, a patient does not “qualify” for treatment unless they have been tested and diagnosed with novel coronavirus. As you can imagine, most are going home to fend for themselves with no treatment. And going home to die, without having a confirmed cause of death from coronavirus COVID-19.
At a press conference, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) secretary Ma said that the central government didn’t allow the Hubei CDC to diagnose the coronavirus COVID-19 until January 16, 2020. Previously, patients’ samples had to be sent to Beijing. Even then, the Hubei CDC only had enough capacity to run about 300 tests per day, he said.
On January 24, Beijing finally allowed nine Wuhan hospitals and the city’s CDC to also diagnose. All these organizations had the certifications before but weren’t allowed to make diagnoses.
Hubei’s health commission said that it had changed the diagnostic criteria used to confirm COVID-19 cases, effective Thursday February 13th, meaning that doctors have broader discretion to determine which patients are infected with COVID-19.
Only since February 12th, have the number of confirmed cases AND clinically diagnosed cases been tallied into the number of confirmed cases being reported from China. (Source) Prior to the 12th, only confirmed cases had been included in the official confirmed cases.
Previously, patients could only be diagnosed by test kits, which has seen a major shortage of supply across the country. Many patients have died before doctors were able to carry out any tests (and these numbers are not in the official tally).
Various epidemiological models estimate that the real number of COVID-19 infection cases could be 10 times the numbers being reported – that means 800,000 or more and that the death rate could be as high as 30,000 or more – in little over a two month time span.
You can see this study that models the forecast of the spread of the disease internationally given the current growth in infection rates. The number of cases doubles every 4-5 days.
“It is not a matter of if — it is a matter of when,” said Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security and a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, as reported by Bloomberg News. “There is not a doubt this is going to end up in most countries eventually.”
The infection rate of COVID-19 is believed to be 2-3 times that of the flu. If one person gets the novel coronavirus, they can spread it to between 2-4 people, depending on the study you read. There are also reports of “super spreaders” that spread the illness to dozens of other people, especially in hospital settings.
At present, authorities checking people for the spread of the disease are only looking for fever and cough. Yet, 12 percent of the infected do not get fevers and most are asymptomatic for 2-14 days, with a few as long as 24 days, while carrying and shedding the virus. And some people may try to hide their fever with medication to avoid being put in makeshift mass quarantine camps in China where suspected COVID-19 carriers are now being sent.
This new study shows that the incubation period can be as long as 24 days. But that is going to be only a few outlier patients. Most people show symptoms on day 3 after contracting the virus. But this does raise a concern for people around the world required to remain in quarantine for only 14 days. Is that long enough to keep the public safe?
Even more unsettling, is Prof. Neil Ferguson, Vice Dean Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College in London, believes that we will not see a peak in the numbers of infections until March in China. This virus is just getting started.
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The spread of the outbreak to less developed countries is of grave concern that are ill equipped to handle the high percentage of cases requiring ICU care seen in the novel coronavirus.
The impact of COVID-19 on Africa and South America could be catastrophic. There is currently a suspected Coronavirus case in Djibouti. Luckily, the WHO has shipped large numbers of COVID-19 testing kits to almost every country in Africa.
There are no cases in Central and South America, but it is only a matter of time. How will developing nations provide sufficient intensive care beds and isolation, when many other nations may well be struggling with their own internal containment of the virus?
What is the Actual Fatality Rate of the Coronavirus?
It’s tough to assess the lethality of a new virus. The worst cases are usually detected first, which can skew our understanding of how likely patients are to die. The first study to come out about COVID-19 showed a third of the first 41 patients reported in Wuhan and in other preliminary studies had to be treated in an ICU (intensive care unit). And 15% of them died. Note this study was done in one hospital in Wuhan, and only included patients requiring hospitalization. This will not reflect how deadly this virus really is.
More accurate, newer research published February 9, 2020 with 1099 patients from 552 hospitals in 31 Chinese provinces is showing only a 5% ICU admission rate and 1.36% death rate. That’s 1.36 people out of 100 people. This is a little higher than the fatality rate of influenza every year. But note, this virus is far more contagious and is likely to infect far more people than influenza. This 1.36% fatality rate seems a far greater reflection of the likely actual fatality numbers. But again, only time will tell what actual rates are.
People with mild cases may never visit a doctor or get tested. There are likely many more cases than we know, and the death rate may be lower than we initially thought.
The fatality rate of the coronavirus is stated as 2% in most media channels and newspapers. That’s 2 in 100 people.
Oxford University professor, Dr Peter Horby, said: ‘Even at two percent, a two percent case fatality rate is comparable to the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 so it is a significant concern globally.’
Consider this. When the United States 2009 H1N1 swine flu emerged, an international emergency that was declared a global pandemic, it was reported that 60 million contracted the disease and initially killed a minimum of 18,449 cases that year.
But the final story of the H1N1 global pandemic was far worse than that, with close to 300,000 deaths, according to the final tallies in 2012 reported by the CDC.
Several factors need to be considered when it comes to evaluating the fatality rate of the CoVID-19:
- Fatality rate in Wuhan, China versus the rest of the world
- Quality and availability of care
- Complication rates
- High smoking prevalence in China
- Population density
Fatality Rate in Wuhan vs the Rest of the World
There is a different fatality rate in Wuhan compared to the rest of the world.
In this very recent study in JAMA published February 7, 2020, the fatality rate of 138 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wuhan was 4.3%.
A larger, more recent published February 9, 2020 with 1099 patients from 552 hospitals in 31 Chinese provinces showed of those with COVID-19, there was only a 1.36% fatality rate. That’s 1.36 people out of 100 people. However, more data is needed to know the exact fatality rate within a larger population or the world at large.
Wuhan is the epicenter of the virus and has had more time to incubate, so of course, they are seeing a higher death rate. What will happen around the world will unfold in the coming weeks and months.
Currently, fatality rates in other countries are very low with individuals diagnosed getting prompt and quality medical attention. However, there has not been enough time to properly compare infections to death rates worldwide to establish if the death rate is, in fact, lower around the world than in Wuhan. The death rates are lower around the world because there has not been enough time for the virus to run its course. The average time from infection to death is three weeks.
Quality and Availability of Care
The presence or quality of medical intervention plays a large role in the fatality rate of any disease. When you have a small number of cases in Japan, for instance, which has then than 1% fatality rate, an individual will have the best care that can be thrown at the virus. Not so in a province like Wuhan that is overwhelmed with so many patients many are being turned away or receiving minimal care due to lack of supplies and ICU beds.
Consider this story recently published in the New York Times. Ms. An, 67, needed an official diagnosis from a hospital to qualify for treatment, but the one she and her son raced to last week had no space, even to test her. The next hospital they were referred to here in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the center of the outbreak, was full, too, they said. They finally got an intravenous drip for Ms. An’s fever, but that was all. Since then, Ms. An has quarantined herself at home. Ms. An’s health is declining rapidly, and even keeping water down is a struggle.
The ban on transportation means some residents have to walk for hours to get to hospitals — if they are well enough to make the journey. And the long lines outside hospitals for testing and treatment suggest that the outbreak is spreading far beyond the official count of cases. People are getting IV drips outside the hospital and even in their car.
Ambulances, too, are hard to come by, residents say. In recent days, people are reporting they call an ambulance, only to be told that there were already hundreds of people in the queue.
Out of fear, people in China are flocking to hospitals. And this undoubtedly is spreading the disease. This recent study showed that some patients were not presenting with typical coronavirus symptoms and therefore are not screened for the virus. They then infected other patients and hospital staff because proper precautions were not taken.
That’s why it seems inevitable that overcrowding and long lines at Chinese hospitals inadvertently spread the disease.
This study also revealed that from Jan. 1 to Jan 28, 2020. many of the patients in the study — 41 percent — were presumed to have caught the coronavirus in the hospital, including hospital workers.
If you have flu symptoms, do not go to the hospital or emergency room unless it is absolutely necessary. Try to go to your local clinic or doctor first.
Expressing exasperation, doctors say there is a shortage of testing kits, and it is not clear why more are not available.
In a story from the New York Times,“The situation that we’ve seen is much worse than what has been officially reported,” Long Jian, 32, said outside a hospital where his elderly father was being treated. Mr. Long said his father had to go to six hospitals and wait seven days before he could even be tested for the coronavirus.
Amy Hu said her 64-year-old mother went to the doctor after experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea about 10 days ago. Based on the initial assessment, the doctor told Ms. Hu’s mother that she had contracted the coronavirus. But the test needed to confirm the diagnosis was not available, the doctor said.
Without the test, her mother couldn’t be admitted to a hospital to receive treatment. Since then, Ms. Hu said, they have been waiting at home to hear back from the hospital about when her mother can be tested.
Because of all the hoops that citizens have to jump through to receive proper treatment, it seems that only when patients are in the advanced stages of their illness can they be admitted to a hospital. But only if they are diagnosed. There just aren’t enough resources.
Several experts have recently conceded that several rounds of testing may be needed for an accurate diagnosis of the virus. There are reports that some people are testing negative initially for coronavirus and then testing positive, or dying days or weeks later.
How Complication Rates are Increasing Fatalities
Then we need to consider the serious complication rate, and this is what percentage of the people that actually get the virus have to go into intensive care (like the ICU). With the flu, it’s far less than 1%. Coronavirus, the complication rate that requires intensive care is between 5% to even 26–32% depending on which study you read.
But the issue is that all the ICU’s in China are at capacity. Very few are getting the intensive care they need – they’re lucky if they get a bag of fluids because hospitals are so overrun and many are OUT of supplies and testing kits altogether.
People are waiting in long lines at hospitals in China and many leave without care. So the fatality rate is going to be far, far higher than the reported 2%, as opposed to if these sick individuals received proper intensive care with all the machines monitoring them, several nurses tending to them and getting the fluids and medications they need to survive.
High Smoking Rates in China are Increasing Fatalities
Another factor to consider in the high fatality rate numbers is the prevalence of smokers in China. Smoking is going to make individuals FAR more susceptible to fatality from COVID-19 than the average person, revealed in this study. This could explain the high death rate in China that may not be seen in other countries with a lower prevalence of smoking.
The virus targets ACE2, the Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2, that makes proteins in the alveoli of the lungs, which is why people are ultimately dying from Coronavirus from acute respiratory distress. This video from MedCram gives a very good explanation of what this protein is and how the coronavirus (COVID-19) attacks, much like SARS attacked this protein.
What is also remarkable is that the reason so many Chinese are dying from COVID-19 is because of the high smoking rate of Chinese men. Statistically, 48% – yes 48% – of Chinese males smoke (only 1.9% of Chinese women smoke). This study shows that 66% of Chinese males smoke. Smoking increases ACE2. The higher the ACE2, whether from smoking or genetically expressing, the more susceptible an individual will be to COVID-19.
Then there is the air pollution. As far as China goes, the pollution is terrible and air quality in many cities is abysmal. In Wuhan, they’ve had unprecedented riots in the streets to improve air quality. In China alone there were an estimated 1.1 million deaths from air pollution. Even if you are not a smoker yourself, just breathing the air is akin to having a smoking habit.
Exposure to air pollution long term for decades will diminish lung capacity, immunity, overall health and alone cause death. In a study in JAMA, they concluded that exposure to air pollution is like smoking a pack a day.
I believe the high prevalence of smoking and air pollution in China to be another factor playing a very large role in the high death rates in China from COVID-19.
How Population Density in Wuhan, China is Increasing Fatalities
Wuhan and other major cities are extremely and densely populated. Entire extended families tend to live together in small spaces. These conditions make the spread of disease far more easy.
Crowded conditions can increase the likelihood of people transmitting infectious diseases, research from the University of Geneva has shown. That’s because people in close proximity are more likely to touch, shake hands, or transmit the virus through the air by coughing or sneezing.
Wuhan is one of China’s most important railway hubs, with multiple stations connected to numerous rail lines, including high-speed rail lines that connect to Shanghai and Guangzhou — cities with populations of 24 million and 13 million people, respectively.
Age Plays a Role in the Fatality Rates
Another factor that can play a role in fatality rates is age. Those over 60 years of age and/or have other preexisting health conditions like infections, heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure are statistically more likely to die from the COVID-19. (study)
“The median age of patients is between 49 and 56 years,” according to a report published on Wednesday in JAMA. “Cases in children have been rare.”
So why aren’t more children getting sick?
“My strong, educated guess is that younger people are getting infected, but they get the relatively milder disease,” said Dr. Malik Peiris, chief of virology at the University of Hong Kong, who has developed a diagnostic test for the new coronavirus. (Source)
The body’s innate immunity, which is critical for fighting viruses, also deteriorates with age, and particularly after middle age.
Dr. Raina MacIntyre, an epidemiologist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, has been studying the spread of the new coronavirus. “Something happens at age 50,” Dr. MacIntyre said. “[Immunity] declines, and it declines exponentially, which is why for most infections we see the highest incidence in the elderly.” (Source)
What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus Infection?
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) do not appear until as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. There are a few outliers that don’t show symptoms for as long as 24 days, but this is going to be a very very small percentage of people. During this latency period before the onset of symptoms, the disease can be spread to other people.
In the study published February 9, 2020 with 1099 patients from 552 hospitals in 31 Chinese provinces is showing only a 5% ICU admission rate and 1.36% death rate.
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and their prevalence based on this study include:
- 1.3% Fatality
- 5% admitted to an ICU
- 87.9% Fever
- 82.1% Lymphopenia – reduced white blood cell count
- 67.7% Cough
- 38.1% Fatigue
- 33.4% Phlegm or sputum production
- 18.6% Shortness of Breath
- 15.7% Severe pneumonia
- 13.6% Headache
- 3.6% Diarrhea
- 5% Vomiting
- 25% Had underlying health condition
In a study in JAMA published February 7, 2020, involving 138 patients with COVID-19, 26% of patients required admission to the intensive care unit and 4.3% died.
Their symptoms included:
- 4.3% Fatality
- 26% admitted to an ICU
- 98.6% Fever
- 69.6% Fatigue
- 59.4% Dry cough
- 61.1% acute respiratory distress syndrome
- 44.4% arrhythmia – irregular heartbeat
- 30.6% shock
- 70.3% Low lymphocyte count (white blood cells)
- 58% Blood taking too long to clot
- 39.9% Elevated lactate dehydrogenase – an indicator of tissue damage
One cause for concern was that some patients who, at first appeared mildly or moderately ill, then took a turn for the worse several days or even a week into their illness. About 10 percent of the patients in this study did not initially have the usual symptoms, cough and fever, but instead had diarrhea and nausea first.
Other uncommon symptoms included headache, dizziness and abdominal pain. This prevented them from being screened for coronavirus. And prevented hospital staff from taking proper protection measures for themselves and other patients.
According to this study, the median time from first symptom to labored breathing was 5 days, to hospital admission was 7 days, and to acute respiratory distress was 8 days. The median hospital stay was 10 days.
Experts say this pattern means patients must be carefully monitored, and it is not safe to assume that someone who seems to be doing well early on is going to fare well as the illness progresses.
How To Protect Yourself From The Coronavirus
Protection from Coronavirus boils down to:
- Reduce EMF exposure
- Correct the charge in your body
- Alkalize your body
- Take antivirals and immune modulating supplements
- Immune supporting therapies
- Follow protocols to minimize exposure
- Be prepared in the event that there is public panic
Reduce EMF Exposure
EMF (electromagnetic frequencies) are everywhere in our environment. From cell phones and computers to WiFi and microwaves – all of our electronics emit frequencies into the environment that affect our own electromagnetic field.
Therefore, it’s not a stretch to hypothesize that part of the reason the coronavirus is spreading so rapidly is due to EMF exposure like 5G. (Study) (Study) Not to mention the immune system is compromised by EMF.
There are several ways you can reduce your exposure to EMFs (turn your WiFi off at night, put EMF protection stickers on your electronics, sleep in a faraday cage), but many measures have limited protection.
Unlike the EMF protection stickers and devices that only protect you when you are near them, I recommend one of my favorite EMF Protection devices that doubles as fashionable functional jewelry – the Harmoni Pendant. The Harmoni Pendant is worn directly on your body — protecting you from harmful EMFs everywhere you go (with up to 88% protection).
The Harmoni Pendant works by balancing out your own electromagnetic field. Therefore, you’re not left trying to dodge sources of EMFs all day – your body’s energy field is harmonized and balanced, making you less susceptible to the harmful damaging effects of EMF.
Coincidentally, there are 10,000 5G towers installed in Wuhan. This could be another contributing factor in the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus.
Take measures to further reduce EMF and dirty electricity exposures in your home. Download my free EMF protection guide.
Correct the Charge in Your Body
Humans must be grounded, or negatively charged, for all systems in the body to work correctly. To create an environment that will put up resistance to a virus, you must increase your exposure to negative ions.
Along the same lines, there are several ways to combat the positive charge on your body caused by EMFs. By flooding your body with negative ions, this creates the required negative charge in your body for proper functioning of all systems, including immunity.
One of the most effective ways to introduce negative ions into your body is through a supercharged polarized water called Watt-ahh. Watt-ahh is not your typical water; it works by imparting a pure negative ion charge on your body due to its high levels of electrons.
Watt-ahh contains a gas that consists of the 5th phase of water infused into purified water.
What truly sets Watt-ahh apart from other types of high-quality water is that it also imparts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Taken together with its negative ion quality, this water should be a crucial part of your defense against the coronavirus.
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Alkalize Your Body
To raise alkalinity in your body, you need high levels of minerals. This starts with your diet.
However, if you really want to make quick changes in your body’s pH, I highly recommend using a therapeutic salt like Healthy Salt. I have never found a better mineral supplement. This salt takes three years to process to make it the highest content of minerals I’m aware of. Healthy Salt is 25% minerals. In comparison, sea salt is 1% and Himilayan salt is .8% minerals.
Minerals are needed for cell signaling. This needs to be strong so that your immune system can communicate. Take one pinch of Healthy Salt in 3-5 glasses of water every day. Healthy Salt is not for salting food. It is a therapeutic salt I use to rapidly raise mineral levels and alkalinity.
You can also drink water with baking soda. This is not something you want to do daily as it can reduce stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) production. But it can be a great, inexpensive way to increase alkalinity quickly and cheaply. Be sure to only use aluminum free baking soda.
In addition, reducing your intake of highly acidic foods like sugar and refined carbs will help balance your body’s pH and keep your system primed to fend off viral attacks.
Eat these foods to boost immunity, alkalize the body and fortify cell membranes to reduce viral penetration.
- Eat pastured organic eggs, animal proteins, fats – you need good quality fats for strong cellular membranes. RNA viruses can more easily get into unhealthy cells with poor membrane integrity.
- Eat Omega-3 fats from fish. Wild caught fish are a great source of quality fats for strong cellular membranes. RNA viruses can more easily get into unhealthy cells with poor membrane integrity. I love VitalChoice.com seafood. I ordered about 6 month’s worth of nonperishable canned fish.
- Eat lower or no refined carbs (refined carbs are acidifying)
- Eat lots of greens like lettuces, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens.
- Eat probiotic fermented foods.
- Eat mushrooms to improve immunity. Shiitake, Reishi, Maitake, Chaga, Cordyceps and Turkey Tail are just a few mushrooms that are great immune boosters. Mushrooms contain betaglucans needed for good immunity.
- Eat organic raw unfiltered honey as it’s negatively ion charged. I like Manuka Health Manuka 550MGO. This is the strongest antimicrobial honey you can buy. Manuka honey is proven in this one study to be a potent antiviral.
- Avoid wheat and corn due to pesticide residue, mold, fungus and their inherent decrease in immune function – the characteristics in wheat and corn impair mineral absorption that will prove problematic when trying to protect from this virus.
- Avoid alcohol, which suppresses immune system function.
- Avoid sugar, which suppresses immune system function for 6 hours after ingestion.
Take Antivirals and Immune Modulating Supplements
This list of supplements is for enhancing general immune function and disease resistance.
**This list is not meant as a preventative or treatment of Coronavirus.
***Therapies for the prevention or treatment of Coronavirus should only be recommended by qualified healthcare professionals and public health authorities.
When it comes to an RNA virus like the coronavirus, these are my recommendations to bolster your immune system.
You can also get the COMPLETE list of my recommended antivirals and supplements when you download my free Coronavirus Preparedness Checklist here.
Broccoli sprouts contain a compound called sulforaphane, which has been studied for a vast array of health benefits including antiviral activity, detoxification, inflammation, neuro-protection, and so much more.
In the case of viruses, research shows that the compounds in broccoli sprouts have potent antiviral activity and can reduce not only viral load, but viral-induced inflammation as well. You want to eat a handful a day.
One of the best ways to get broccoli sprouts – if you don’t have access to them at your local store (or they are not fresh) or you don’t want to take the time and trouble to grow them – with a supplement I formulated called Daily Detox.
Daily Detox is packed with liver, immune, and gut-health enhancing compounds that will keep your body healthy and ready to fight.
Vitamin C is essential for a health immune system response. It stimulates both the production and function of white blood cells. Take as much as you can to bowel tolerance. Meaning, when you get diarrhea take less.
I rotate different kinds of Vitamin C – food based and liposomal. Take the highest pH Vitamin C known to man – organic food grade Starwest botanicals Rose petal flowers and buds. Make tea from it and drink 1-3 cups per day.
Liposomal C is recommended as well. I like Dr Mercola Liposomal Vitamin C in capsules. You can even do IV Vitamin C if you become sick or to raise levels quickly.
Iodine is essential to not only fighting off infection, it is necessary for proper immune system functioning. I like Iodoral because it has two forms of iodine. Take 25 mg/day as a daily dose and up to 50-100 mg/day at the first sign of an illness. Iodine can cause adverse effects in a small number of people. You may want to begin with much less if you haven’t taken iodine for a while to acclimate. If you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, consult your doctor before taking iodine.
CBD is an important immune modulator. CBD is an isolate from the hemp plant that does not have psychoactive properties or get you high. You need your cannabinoids system focused and fully functioning in the event of infection.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of increasing cannabinoids in your body. Immune system macrophages that clear out pathogens and toxins are modulated by cannabinoids. A study conducted in 2015 found that the patients who consumed CBD had less viral loads and more CD4 immune cells.
Buyer beware: There are a lot of toxic and even bogus CBD products on the market. I recommend taking an organic Full spectrum CBD tincture like Green Compass (not capsules) under the tongue to absorb sublingually. This is the brand that I personally take. I like it because it is tested for over 130 contaminants like pesticides, glyphosate and heavy metals.
Not many CBD brands go to those lengths to provide a nontoxic product, especially given that the hemp plant is excellent at absorbing toxic heavy metals like cadmium from the soil.
Take CBD every day until this viral threat has passed (and after for its many, many benefits including pain and inflammation). For proper dosing, watch this video series.
Additionally, antiviral supplements like lysine and monolaurin can help to kick out the virus and support your immune health. Lysine deficient people are very susceptible to viruses. I like Klaire Labs Lysine and recommend taking about 1,000-2,000mg a day on an empty stomach.
Essential Oils for Immunity
Essential oils have antiviral and antiseptic properties. Disperse them into the air in a diffuser or make cleaning supplies out of them (add a few drops to water and wipe down surfaces). The bottoms of the feet are a safe, effective place to apply diluted essential oils.
- Frankincense – increases activity of white blood cells (Study). Additionally, calms Cytokine storms that cause the symptoms of a cold and flu.
- Copaiba – works to suppress inflammatory cytokines (to ease viral symptoms)
Infrared Sauna Therapy as an Immune-Boosting Strategy
Infrared sauna therapy activates 90 heat shock proteins to boost your immunity. It also enhances white blood cell function, thereby increasing immune response and the elimination of foreign pathogens and cellular waste products.
Researchers believe that infrared therapy can help stimulate the body’s immune system simply by elevating body temperature. A 30-minute infrared sauna session causes a temporary 2-3° increase in body temperature. This increase has been shown to stimulate white blood cells.
Additionally, infrared saunas help to remove accumulated toxins by improving lymph circulation.
Most of the infrared saunas on the market emit far infrared wavelengths. But if you are looking to get get all three infrared wavelengths – near, mid, and far – I suggest Sunlighten saunas.
Their 3-in-1 infrared therapy that combines near, mid and far infrared energy to assist with detoxification, relaxation, lower blood pressure, weight loss, pain relief, anti-aging, and immunity boosting from the inside out.
Follow Protocols to Minimize Exposure
Coronaviruses can travel about six feet from the infected person. It’s unknown how long they live on surfaces. Considering this and the other facts in this article, here is my list of safety precautions to keep in mind that will help avoid the spread and contraction of the coronavirus.
- If you go out into a public place, Nebulize with colloidal silver. Nebulizing is simply taking water (I recommend using Watt-ahh) and adding products to it like colloidal silver and then inhaling the cold steam produced by a nebulizer into your lungs and sinuses. This is a fantastic way to combat viruses in your lungs or sinuses after going out in public.
- Face masks are limited in their ability to protect you from coronavirus. More on that subject in this thorough article. The masks will block most large respiratory droplets from other people’s sneezes and coughs from entering your mouth and nose as long as they are used properly. But, I’ve been told by a researcher that scientists working in Biolevel 3 hazmat suits have contracted RNA viruses like the novel coronavirus. So, If people working in full body biolevel 3 hazmat suits can still contract the novel coronavirus, a mask will not protect you. If you want to wear a mask or are traveling, I would still wear one. But don’t overestimate their ability to protect you. I recommend 3M Cool flow N95 similar here or P100 face masks similar here.You can also get the 3M 7500, which uses 3M 2091 filters, similar here and here.
- If you want to wear eye goggles, get either cheap swimmer goggles, similar here or better safety goggles similar here. The virus is aerosolized and can be transferred via the eye.
- Wear rubber/nitrile gloves when going in public places.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based, essential oil or colloidal silver based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid public bathrooms as the virus can be spread with toilet flushing that sprays the virus into the air.
- Hydrogen peroxide, bleach and Lysol kills the coronavirus. You can order Lysol here. One of these can be sprayed on all mail before it comes into the house. Do not take any of these products internally. The hydrogen peroxide you buy at the store is only for external use.
- Air filters are indispensable when there is a pathogenic outbreak. Pureairdoctor.com’s Air filtration technology has been highly welcomed and purchased by thousands in the China and Eastern markets because of the performance and protection it provides from the Coronavirus. They have fulfilled orders for their technology in over 100 hospital applications there. With most new viruses or microbiological threats, scientists will often look at the size or molecular complexity of the strain. They will then look to what technologies were successful in addressing a previous smaller or more complex problem (in this case the H1N1) and because Pureairdoctor.com’s technology was effective with that, coronavirus would be eradicated because of its size. This is also not just a matter of capturing the contaminant in a filter because viruses would continue to grow in a filter. Their technology has an ongoing proactive electrical field process that addresses this growth right within the actual filter media, not before it or after it which is what most companies attempt. At that point it is too late.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Stay home if you have a large number of reported coronavirus cases in your area.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Do not go to the hospital or emergency room unless it is absolutely necessary. Try to go to your local clinic or doctor. I fear people go to the hospital for a regular flu or cold and then are exposed to people with the coronavirus and antibiotic resistant infections. This recent study showed that some patients are not presenting with typical coronavirus symptoms and therefore are not screened for it. They infected other patients and hospital staff because proper precautions were not taken. It’s inevitable that overcrowded and long lines at Chinese hospitals inadvertently spread the disease in this manner.
- If the coronavirus is spreading and someone has to go out for supplies, use this protocol for allowing someone or objects into your home: Wear a face mask, eye goggles, and gloves. Spray the person or object down with hydrogen peroxide or another disinfectant like alcohol. Only then allow them inside your home once this is done.
You can get more tips in my Coronavirus Preparedness Checklist.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best
One thing that saddens me is seeing residents in China that are under mandatory quarantine and are not allowed to leave their homes. Most of them did not have notice, were not prepared, and did not have food or water for even a few weeks. Some are only allowed to leave their homes every 3 days.
Meanwhile, the general public in America, Europe, Russia and in Australia have no idea whatsoever, they could face six-to-eight weeks or longer self imposed or mandated home quarantine as the virus spreads in those countries.
Or that they may need months of food and water supplies in the event of a severe outbreak where they don’t want to leave their home.
Even though this virus does not pose that much of a threat in Westernized countries with readily available medical care, there is a lot of fear surrounding the coronavirus. And it is very likely the virus will spread given its high contagion rate.
I am stocking up on supplies needed for several months, including:
- Nonperishable food
- Seeds for sprouting (to eat fresh sprouts and lettuces)
- Immunity boosting supplements
- Water, including Watt-ahh.
- Viral protection gear (see below)
- Toilet paper and other household and cleaning supplies
- Generator in case the electricity stops
- Six months of medications will be a good idea too. Most medications are produced in China and I fear a shortage of medications soon since the supply chain has shut down and shipments have completely stopped to the US.
How worried should we be about the Coronavirus?
Concern around the coronavirus is growing stronger each day. But many of my concerns don’t surround the virus itself, but around medication shortages, low food supplies, government lockdowns and quarantines and a shortage of hospital beds, especially ICUs.
Public health experts are also closely watching reserves of vital medical supplies and medications, many of which are made in China.
Rosemary Gibson, an expert on China’s drug supply who is a senior adviser at the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute, said she had learned of companies having trouble getting shipments of their products. “If there were exports from China that were no longer coming to the U.S., our hospitals and our health systems would cease to function within a couple of months,” said Ms. Gibson, who also wrote a book, “China Rx,” about the American dependence on medicines from China.
Medications like metformin, blood pressure and heart medications and antibiotics could soon be in short supply. They ALL come from China.
Some hospitals in the United States are already “critically low” on respirator masks, according to Premier Inc., which secures medical supplies and equipment on behalf of hospitals and health systems.
And China is the dominant supplier of the raw ingredients needed for penicillin, ibuprofen and even aspirin — drugs taken daily by millions of Americans and dispensed routinely to hospital patients.
Because the nature of the virus is still unknown, public health officials said it’s unclear what future challenges hospitals will face if the coronavirus spreads into an epidemic in the United States.
While the current government guidelines call for patients to be treated in specialized isolation rooms, experts say it is unlikely that there will be enough isolation rooms at individual hospitals and facilities. We have 100,000 ICUs in the US, but this will not suffice if we have an outbreak.
If we prepare and take precautions and it turns out that the COVID-19 coronavirus is contained quickly in the United States (which I doubt), we will have lost little.
I am watching this pandemic fervently every day and will be sure to keep you informed about how to stay safe and healthy amid this outbreak.
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