It doesn’t matter what country in the world you are in right now, you must have heard of the Coronavirus or COV1D-19. So what is the Coronavirus? COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
**Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
**Information taken from https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Every Radio show and NEWS show going here in the UK at least are talking about the Coronavirus, and how many areas in the UK are infected, how many countries, how many people are now confirmed and how many deaths. It does not look for good reading or listening.
**Symptoms of Coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death
** Information taken from the NHS site https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
How is it Spread?
This is the thing, it is not yet fully known or understood how the virus is spread from person to person, as it is a new illness. All that is known is that similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.
What Can You Do to Avoid Coronavirus?
There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Who is Most At Risk?
According to the World Health Organisation everyone is at risk, but those most at risk are the very young and the elderly, who have weakened immune systems.
What Can You Do To Improve Your Health?
By improving your immune system it could put your body in a better position to fight off the symptoms, if you should get them. So how can you improve your immune system? First off look at your gut health. We need to look after our biome to maintain a balance, ensuring a rich biodiversity of organisms, which can positively impact your health and wellbeing. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.
The Microbiome takes care of the following:
- the breakdown of complex carbohydrates
- producing vitamins and minerals
- producing short-chain fatty acids
- defending against pathogens
- training our immune system
- supporting detoxification
How healthy is your gut? Not sure? Then you can seriously look to improving your gut microbiome in the following ways.
Live bacteria supplements can help support the gut microbiome in the context of a healthy diet & lifestyle.
- Eating more fibre can help your improve your digestive system and colon
- Limit your sugar intake
- Take a probiotic as this puts live bacteria into the gut to improve the immune system. Try our Seed Nutrition PURE. It is filled with both Pre and Probiotics and over 10 million live bacteria.
- Eat more prebiotic rich foods such as Bananas, Onions, Garlic, Chicory Root, Leeks, Asparagus.