Are you worried about the recent spread of the Coronavirus? The truth is, the media is making it seem much worse than it is, and it doesn't hurt for us all to work to be part of the solution and contribute to prevention by making sure we know more about it and how to boost our immune systems against it!
Things to Know About the Coronavirus
Coronaviruses are a type of virus, not just one. There are many different kinds, and some can cause disease. The coronavirus itself has been around for some time. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory infections. Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s.
A newly identified type (COVID-19) has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness that was first identified in China. This new outbreak was produced from a novel coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV) that hasn't yet been identified but appears to be a little more dangerous than the common cold. COVID-19 has now been detected in people throughout China and over 20 other countries, including the United States.
How COVID-19 Spreads
Recent information indicates that COVID-19 is passed from person to person through respiratory droplets. There are still a lot of unknowns, including how contagious it is. The spread of this new virus is being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other health organizations around the world.
The incubation period is estimated to be anywhere from 2-14 days, which means that the virus has a high chance of spreading from infected people who are not yet exhibiting symptoms (or even maybe never will).
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19 that have been identified by medical professionals include:
- Shortness of breath
- Headache and malaise
- Runny nose
- Cough or sore throat
- Muscle pain
If you are displaying these symptoms, that does NOT mean you have COVID-19. These are all of the same symptoms you would exhibit if you also had a common cold or the flu. It just so happens that we are in the middle of the season for those as well.
COVID-19 is expected to be a mild virus for many people. In fact, many show no signs of the virus at all, despite testing positive for it. This is potentially problematic in terms of the spread of the virus, as it can be difficult to contain the virus if we don’t know who may have it. However, this is also a good thing, as it shows that many people around the world have immune systems that are strong enough to prevent the virus from becoming severe. In rare cases (such as if you are immune-compromised already with a respiratory issue), COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure, or death.
How to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
If you're looking for solutions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, here are a few key ones: Stay home if you are sick in any way or have a weak immune system Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw it in the trash. If you can't get to a tissue in time, use your elbow and then throw your shirt in the wash when you get home. Avoid close contact with people, just in case Frequently clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning spray or wipe with hydrogen peroxide or bleach. 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 hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Please note: The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks are most effective on those who are sick and helps with the prevention of spread.
Boosting Your Immune System
Symptom treatment and immune-boosting support is the only treatment available for COVID-19 right now. As of now, there is no antiviral medicine or a vaccine for this virus, but these are currently being worked on. Because of this, prevention is extremely important.
While there is still much that we don’t know in regard to the spread of this coronavirus, there are important steps that we all can take in terms of prevention. In addition to the preventative actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we want to share with you a few of the peptides we work with that can potentially help strengthen your immune system as an extra precautionary step. These include:
Thymosin Alpha 1
Thymosin alpha 1 (T α 1) is a peptide produced naturally by the thymus gland. T cell production and action within the body is important for adaptive immunity. This is the mode by which immune cells are able to recognize and kill foreign invaders. Specifically, Thymosin alpha 1 has been shown to enhance the function of certain immune cells called T and dendritic cells. These white blood cells play huge roles in the body’s defense process for anyone with a depressed immune system or suffering from an infection.
LL-37 is an antimicrobial peptide with antiviral and immunomodulatory effects. In response to infection, neutrophils, macrophages, and bronchial epithelial cells all produce LL-37. It is released as a mature peptide when neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) are stimulated. Besides its antimicrobial and antiviral activity, it stimulates responses in many types of cells to microbial compounds. LL37 is a multifunctional host defense peptide that disrupts and defends against localized bacterial and viral invasion.
Pentosan Polysulfate is a highly potent and selective inhibitor of the in vitro replication of HIV and other enveloped viruses such as the coronavirus. The anti-viral activity of polysulfates works because they help block certain sites on the viral envelope. This action prevents the virus from entering the cells and allows for our immune system to clear it.
Are you interested in learning more about immune-boosting peptides and how they can help you? Schedule a consultation today!