Most people had never even heard of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, until a few weeks ago. But by now, it’s a common household name.
The hysteria around it continues to escalate. And the virus has quite literally stopped the world—or at least, large parts of it—in its tracks.
But no matter how frenzied the media reporting gets, there are a handful of basic facts everyone needs to keep in mind…
Risk according to the numbers
The population has never encountered COVID-19 before, so there are still a lot of unknowns in this situation. But here’s what we do know, so far.
The virus, which originated in China, has struck mostly adults over the age of 30. Symptoms appear up to two weeks following exposure, ranging from mild to severe, and they’re similar to what you would see with the flu: fever, cough, body aches, and—in more severe cases—difficulty breathing.
Data is limited, but so far, the overall mortality rate has hovered just over 2 percent. But it’s important to note that it carries a much higher risk for those with an underlying health condition. And for those over 80 years old. (With a much lower risk for patients under the age of 60).
This is probably due to differences in respiratory health, as older patients over 60 are much more likely to succumb to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) than their younger counterparts.
Plus, at this moment in time, COVID-19 doesn’t appear to be any more lethal than the flu—at least not in the United States. After all, so far this season, there have been:
- 34 million cases of the flu
- 350,000 flu hospitalizations
- 20,000 flu deaths (in some seasons this has run as low as 3,000 and as high as 80,000)
Still, COVID-19 does appear to be every bit as infectious as the flu—if not more so—spreading easily from person to person, even when symptoms aren’t evident yet.
So, it’s no surprise that the virus quickly got a foothold in the international community, and here in the U.S. But it doesn’t mean you should panic.
Should you exercise reasonable caution against COVID-19? Absolutely. (Especially if you fall into a high-risk patient category.) And you should still heed any travel warnings and restrictions.
But in terms of staying healthy and boosting your immune system—against any virus? Well, I have no shortage of suggestions…
When in doubt, wash your hands
Hand-washing is a far more powerful weapon against viruses than many people realize. When you actively wash your hands with good old soap and water, you’re removing germs from your body—and ultimately killing any virus.
So, in case you need a step-by-step guide on how to properly wash your hands, here goes:
- Turn on the water… hot or cold!
- Dispense soap into your hands. (Antibacterial varieties are not necessary, but do stick with liquid soaps—they’re much more effective than foams.)
- Lather up for at least 20 seconds. (That’s two rounds of “Happy Birthday,” from start to finish.)
- Pay close attention to the areas you may not always think about—like your thumbs, back of your hands, lower palm, and fingernails/nail bed.
- Dry your hands with a paper towel. (The extra rubbing will help remove even more germs. Plus, dry hands are less likely to spread germs in the first place.)
Do this often, every single day. And if you absolutely can’t wash your hands with soap and water? Reach for some hand sanitizer that’s higher than 62 percent alcohol. Cover your hands entirely with it, and let it sit for 20 seconds.
Keep calm and supplement
In addition to proper hygiene, I also recommend a handful of supplements to help keep your immune system firing on all cylinders. Those include 1,000 mg of BRM-4, 125 mcg (5,000 IU) of vitamin D3, 1,000 mg of vitamin C three times per day, and a high-quality probiotic (like Dr. Ohhira’s), every single day.
And if you start to feel something coming on? Obviously, you’ll want to call your doctor right away. But this is what I do at the first inkling that I may be getting sick—and I haven’t suffered a full-blown illness in decades:
- Vitamin D—1,250 mcg (50,000 IU) for two days
- Vitamin A (as retinol)—12,000 mcg (40,000 IU) for two days
- Olive Leaf Extract—500 mg three times per day for two days
- Oil of Oregano—500 mg three times per day for two days
For most healthy people, these steps are likely to be enough to help you sail you through the latest viral outbreak—whether influenza or COVID-19—unscathed. But for more insight, you can learn all of my top immune health recommendations in one comprehensive guide. To learn more about my Complete Guide to Year-Round Immunity, or to order it today, call 1-866-747-9421 and ask for order code EOV1W400.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).” (cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html)