CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 – updated 24th March 2020
What is the virus?
The virus, known as COVID-19, is part of the coronavirus family which includes both the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The virus is a new strain of virus not previously identified in humans. As of March 24th 2020, there have been 378,842 confirmed cases and 16,510 deaths.
Where is it?
The virus originated in a seafood market in Wuhan, although there have now been many confirmed cases outside of mainland China, and the virus is spreading rapidly around the world. The virus is understood to have originated from animals and is now confirmed to be transmitted from human to human.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, fever and shortness of breath. In severe cases it can lead to pneumonia and respiratory tract conditions.
Who is at risk?
Young children, the elderly, or those with underlying medical conditions are at an increased risk and should take extra precautions.
What should I do if I feel unwell?
Try not to panic, but take assertive action. Seek medical attention and remember to share your recent travel history with your health care provider. It is a good idea to call your doctor in advance of your visit to share with them your symptoms so they can prepare to treat you.
How do I prevent it?
The virus can be transferred via human contact, and there are a variety of ways how it can spread. Good personal hygiene is extremely important. Some useful tips to prevent this are:
- Wear a face mask when in public. You should also avoid touching your eyes and nose where possible.
- Wash your hand thoroughly and regularly. This means washing your hands thoroughly (for around 20 seconds) You may also wish to carry an alcohol based hand sanitizer gel with you outside.
- Close the lid of your toilet before flushing.
- Avoid contact with people with flu like symptoms.
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Follow your local government recommendations on hygiene, quarantine and travel restrictions
Boost your immune system: In addition to good hygiene, it is important to look after your immune system through good nutrition, supplementation and if needed IV vitamins and minerals. Some supplements we recommend to boost your immune system are Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin A. Vitamins and minerals can be taken both orally or given via IV for a more rapid effect. Please see your Doctor for advice on which supplements to take according to your personal situation.