The coronavirus has landed in the US and cases are popping up on both coasts, especially here in NJ and NY. To put your mind at ease, we are going to review exactly what this virus is and how you can prevent contracting it.
What is the Coronavirus?
The coronavirus comes from a family of viruses that is common in people and many species of animals. The virus is officially named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease has been named coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 for short. Don't let the acronym SARS (circa 2003) scare you too much, as it just stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome.
Taking out all the medical jargon we've been hearing on the news, COVID-19 and other similar viruses are zoonotic meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. It is a respiratory infection and can be spread person-to-person from contact with bodily fluids. This can be contracted from someone who is within 6 feet of you and coughs or sneezes in your space or by touching an object that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
From the CDC website:
For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. This virus is not currently widespread in the United States.
People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
The CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.
What are the symptoms?
mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
shortness of breath
So what can you do to protect yourself?
Wash your hands
Clean and Disinfect surfaces
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Coughing and sneezing etiquette
Follow medically supported news and information regarding the virus, its spread, and possible treatment
Seek medical attention early!
And what about some natural approaches?
There are some immune supporting supplements that can help give your body some additional tools to strengthen your immune system and fight off illness.
Some of our recommendations include...
Immune Boosting Foods:
Mushrooms like cordyceps or reshi.
The coronavirus is a virus that affects the respiratory system. It can be dangerous to those who are elderly, young children and those that are already sick. Preparation is key to prevention so please protect yourself as best you can by using the steps above to support your immune system.
Written by staff writer: Nicole Miller, M.S.