COVID-19 was previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”.
In early 2020, a new virus began generating headlines all over the world due to the unprecedented speed of its transmission.
What makes the novel coronavirus so news worthy is that a treatment or cure hasn’t yet been developed to help prevent its rapid spread from person to person. Doctors are learning new things about this virus every day. First and foremost, don’t panic, stay calm. You don’t need to be quarantined unless you suspect you have contacted the virus or have a confirmed test result.
But however, we do know that some people has shown no symptom at all.
Some 80.9% of the cases are mild symptoms such as the common cold. Some people may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure, and the symptoms include:
- Fever above 38 degrees
- Cough or Dry cough
- Running nose or Stuffy nose, sneeze
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Bluish lips or face
Other symptoms can include:
- Body aches or severe muscle pain
- Excessive drowsiness
- Sore throat
- Some might experience the loss of smell or taste
The full list of symptoms is still being investigated.
Although most of the people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms, the disease can cause severe medical complications and lead to death. Some older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes or who have compromised immune systems may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses such as Influenza. There are cases seen among children too.
There is currently no treatment specifically approved for COVID-19, and no cure for an infection. Although treatments and vaccines are currently under study. Instead, treatment focuses on managing symptoms as the virus runs its course. We can take steps to reduce the risk of infection by taking some precaution, practicing daily prevention and keeping distance measure etc. Moreover, handwashing is the key.
- Practice good personal hygiene to protect ourselves and others.
- By washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds at least or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Don’t touch your face, nose or mouth when your hands are dirty.
- Use a mask or covered your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Throw the tissue away into the bin after used.
- Clean with disinfectants on objects that you often touch e.g. Handphone, computer, doorknobs etc.
- The next best thing you can do is to practice safe distancing to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading.
- Avoid going to mass gathering control within 10 persons in a group.
- Stay at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from anyone, knowing that there is the potential to spread through aerosolized droplets.
Transmission can also occur through contact with contaminated surfaces. New research suggests that the virus can live on certain surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 3 days.
Stay at home to prevent spreading:
- Circuit Breaker Period
- Work from home (WFH)
- Leave of absence (LOA)
- Stay home notice (SHN)
- Quarantine order (QO)
Most importantly consult your doctor if you are feeling unwell.
There is no proven supplement or vitamins to prevent coronavirus. Immunologists say there is no proof that these regiments help your immune system to fight COVID-19.-and warn that cabbling together your own natural treatment plan can do more harm than good.
A gentle reminder “Prevention is better than cure”. Eat healthy and rest well to keep your immune system strong. Our body uses vitamin B6 from meats and fish to make antibodies.
A good night’s sleep helps to re-set our adrenal glands, essential for ensuring we are staying in tip-top form. Sleep is very anti-inflammatory so try and aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
For the time being our best defences is getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy and managing your stress levels, all help maximize your overall immune potential.
These are some herbs for common cough, cold & sore throat such as:
- Black berry lily Rhizome
- Mulberry leaf
- Fructus forsythia
- Radix glycyrrhizae
- Lonicerae Japaniae Flos
- Radix Platycodonis
- Unibract Fritillary Bulb
- Loquat Loaves
Some of the herbs listed in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine suggested to prevent but yet to be proven for Coronavirus:
- Radix Astragali
- Radix glycyrrhizae
- Radix Saposhnikoviae
- Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
- Lonicerae Japonicae Flos
- Fructus Forsythia
Bear in mind that it is still advisable to see visit a general practitioner or a TCM clinic if one is unwell instead of getting their own medication.