Recent news about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus originating from the city of Wuhan, China is quite scary.
On February 1st, the estimated death toll reached 259 people. An estimated 12,000 were infected in roughly two dozen countries.
Later the same day, the BBC reported a death toll of 304, and the total number of infected people jumped to 14,380. All the recorded deaths occurred in China. All but 100 diagnoses were within China. The outbreak began in December 2019.
The New York Times reported the same day that one 44-year-old man died from the Novel Coronavirus in the Philippines after his illness progressed to severe pneumonia. This was the only known death outside of China.
The governments of the USA, Australia, and numerous other countries banned foreigners who had recently traveled within China from entering their countries. The USA’s Pentagon launched a plan to quarantine up to 1,000 infected people on military bases. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on February 2nd that they planned to reroute commercial flights if any passenger was suspected of having the coronavirus. They also imposed mandatory quarantines for citizens who spent time in China’s Hubei province within the previous 14 days and health screenings for those who traveled to other parts of China. DHS implemented the policy to reduce the burden on public health officials in charge of screening travelers.
The WHO Says, “Chill Out!”
The World Health Organization (WHO) tried to calm the people and governments of the world through social media and other channels. The organization has dealt with similar outbreaks in the past. They characterized the travel bans and border closings as overreactions, some of which could be counterproductive.
There is probably no need for mass panic in the West, according to them.
WHO’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, posted the following tweet on January 31st:
“@WHO doesn’t recommend limiting trade & movement. Travel restrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing & medical supply chains & harming economies. We urge countries & companies to make evidence-based, consistent decisions.”
On the other hand, some doctors who have treated patients with the virus disagree with a few of the things the WHO is saying about this virus and how it spreads. Keep reading for more details.
What is the Novel Coronavirus?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also known as the Wuhan coronavirus, begins with symptoms that resemble the common cold and the flu.
In the Philippines case mentioned above, the condition turned into pneumonia. Afterward, the man began to recover, and then the symptoms became severe again and killed him.
Doctors monitored one case in the USA and published the story in the New England Journal of Medicine in January. A 35-year-old man suffered only mild cold and flu symptoms until he developed pneumonia on day 9.
His initial symptoms were:
- Runny nose
These symptoms improved during day 8. On this day, he had only a cough, and even that was becoming less severe.
Other cases have turned into pneumonia as well, and these patients did not respond to normal pneumonia treatments.
However, keep in mind that only a small percentage of cases turned into pneumonia. Most people recover after roughly one week of cold and/or flu symptoms.
Before the illness, the man had traveled to Wuhan. He did not visit the seafood market where officials believe the outbreak originated from.
What is a Coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory infections that are usually mild. The common cold is one illness a coronavirus can trigger. Severe forms are rare and include the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) viruses.
How Does the Wuhan (Novel) Coronavirus Spread?
On February 1st, 2020, WHO produced a series of tweets to clear up confusion about the illness.
In one tweet, they said that other coronaviruses are rarely spread by people who are infected without showing symptoms. The tweet pointed out that MERS is also a coronavirus and that people without symptoms almost never pass the virus to others.
In another tweet the same day, the WHO said the quickest way a person with symptoms can spread the Novel Coronavirus is through coughing or sneezing.
They also noted that this coronavirus does not survive for long on the surfaces of objects like doorknobs, mail, and shipped packages.
Is the WHO Wrong? German Doctors Question the WHO’s Tweets
At least some patients are spreading the Novel Coronavirus before showing symptoms.
A large group of German doctors wrote a letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. It was published on January 30th.
In the letter, they told the stories of several Novel Coronavirus patients at Munich Hospital. The physicians believe that, in at least four cases, the virus transmitted through someone in the incubation phase of the disease. In other words, people transmitted the virus to others before showing any symptoms. The incubation period can be anywhere between 2 and 10 days long.
The report confirmed what the Chinese Health Minister, Ma Xiaowei, already knew. Officials in the USA doubted his statements until the German doctors and researchers backed up his case.
Is This Disease Going to Kill You?
The good news is that most people who get the Novel Coronavirus recover from it, usually about one week after first showing symptoms.
The death rate appears to be higher than for a typical flu, but it’s still relatively low.
People who have weakened immune systems may develop pneumonia or other serious problems. Early detection and treatment of symptoms is critical, particularly for anyone at higher risk.
Those at higher risk of serious illness or death include:
- Infants and young children with undeveloped immunity
- People with autoimmune conditions
- Anyone taking medications that suppress the immune system (i.e., prednisone, methotrexate, cyclosporine)
- Elderly people with weak immunity
- Individuals who are malnourished
People who are malnourished due to advancing age or low-nutrient diets may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus itself and to pneumonia. Many populations in Asia and developing nations are malnourished.
The vitamins and minerals which seem to have the most influence on immunity to viral infections are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
Malnutrition is Widespread in Developed Nations & This Lowers Immunity
Malnutrition is not limited to poor and developing countries. People living in the USA and Western Europe can be well-fed and malnourished at the same time. In fact, most people in developed nations are low in omega-3, vitamins C and D, magnesium, and other important nutrients.
Alicia Galvin RD, a resident dietitian for Sovereign Laboratories, reminds readers that junk food, although it may taste appealing, is no substitute for fresh, and preferably whole and organic (when possible), fruits and vegetables.
Eating healthy foods is good advice regardless of whether you’re young or old, immune-compromised, or seemingly healthy.
Coronavirus Treatment: Best Practices for Those Who Get the Wuhan Coronavirus
There is currently no specific drug to treat this virus, and it will take many months to develop a vaccine that proves safe and effective. In the meantime, there are some general best-practice guidelines for those infected with the virus.
If you suspect you are infected:
- Drink plenty of clear liquids
- Get plenty of rest
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Wash your hands regularly
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth
- Consider nutritional supplementation for vitamins and minerals
If these best practices look familiar, that’s because this is the same guidance people receive when they have a normal cold or flu.
Coronavirus Precautions: Best Practices for Preventing Wuhan Coronavirus Infection
Get Plenty of Vitamin C
A leading European vitamin C expert and clinical pharmacist, Lucie Kotlářová, warns that vitamin C deficiency is common. She says it is the fourth most common nutrient deficiency in the USA. Deficiency rates are even higher in many European countries.
Dr. Kotlářová treats immune-compromised patients with intravenous liposomal vitamin C in her clinic. Her patients also supplement with oral liposomal vitamin C for home use. Liposomal delivery means the nutrient is altered through a process that increases the percentage of it your body absorbs and uses.
Vitamin C impacts immune function by influencing multiple processes in your body. One thing it does is enhance proliferation and differentiation of both T-lymphocytes (T-cells) and B-lymphocytes (B-cells). This stimulates natural killer (NK) cell activity. It also acts as an antioxidant. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29099763
Sovereign Labs developed its oral liposomal vitamin C (Vital C-LD®) with high absorption in mind. Liposomal vitamin C is more readily absorbed by the body than traditional vitamin C supplements and vitamin C-rich foods.
Another benefit of liposomal delivery: Most people who normally get upset stomachs after taking vitamin C supplements do not report this side effect when taking it in liposomal form.
Don’t Forget Mother Nature’s Original Vaccine
Long before vitamin and mineral supplements and vaccines, colostrum from ruminant animals (i.e., cows, goats, sheep, yak, water buffalo) was a primary source of both nutrition and immunity. In 18th century North America, people used it as a natural antibiotic. After antibiotic drugs were invented, colostrum became less popular. Research in the 1990’s and later decades increased its popularity again.
Colostrum is sometimes known as pre-milk and transitional milk because it is the first form of milk mammals produce just after giving birth. You can think of it as the primordial superfood. Human mothers produce colostrum for only a few days after the baby is born.
Bovine (cow) colostrum transfers immunity (i.e. immunoglobulins and antibodies) from mother to calf. This immunity can be passed to humans, too.
The compounds in bovine colostrum fight germs and diseases that the cow and her maternal lineage have been exposed to. Cows are domesticated animals. They are exposed to many of the same diseases humans are. This makes colostrum a powerful immunity booster for humans, too.
The 3 Main Anti-Microbial Nutrients in Colostrum
- Lactoferrin – reduces inflammation, kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and performs other immune system functions
- Lysozyme – an antimicrobial enzyme that often works in tandem with lactoferrin
- Lactoperoxidase – a peroxidase enzyme that kills bacteria in the mucosal linings
These “3 L’s” are important for immune defenses. So are the proline-rich polypeptides, sometimes referred to as colostrum peptides or colostrinin. Proline-rich polypeptides help rev up the immune system so it can more effectively perform its normal disease-fighting functions.
Colostrum Supplements Vary in Quality
Bovine colostrum is a nutritional supplement with far reaching benefits, and Sovereign Laboratories has been perfecting Mother Nature’s gift for more than 25 years.
We were the first to develop liposomal delivery for colostrum, which we call Colostrum-LD®. Lab tests have proven that restoring this process is essential to enable the body to absorb and uses far more of it effectively.
One of the tricks of the trade is to keep colostrum supplements as close to raw and fresh colostrum as possible without the risks of a non-pasteurized food product.
You want to pasteurize colostrum supplements, but you don’t want to kill their effectiveness while you’re doing it either. It’s a shame how many manufacturers don’t understand this.
One of the reasons for our founding was to tackle these types of problems and provide products that actually work.
After a lot of research, Sovereign Labs discovered the best way to accomplish this balancing act and get the most benefit from all of colostrum’s bioactives.
Wuhan Coronavirus Safety: Some Things Never Change
These things are certain:
- Coronaviruses have been around longer than the common cold
- The ease and frequency of world travel circulates pathogens more easily and quicker than ever before
- All viruses can mutate (adapt) because they want to survive, and so do we
Eating right, taking some basic precautions, and including Mother Nature’s gifts in your daily diet provide the foundation for staying well until the Wuhan Coronavirus dies out or becomes more manageable by modern medicine.