Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a new virus thought to have originated in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province. It is also assumed that the virus was transmitted from animals to humans and then spread into the wider population and the rest of the world.
The virus is one on 7 know coronavirus types contracted in humans which include, the common cold and more serious ones such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
The virus is thought to be spread via water droplets from coughs and sneezes being inhaled by those nearby and by landing on surfaces then being transmitted via touch. In studies, the virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours (some estimate up to a week) so it can be transferred by people touching infected surfaces and then their mouth, eyes, and nose. Hence the number one piece of advice from all sources is WASH YOUR HANDS!
Some recent studies show that around 1 in 5 respiratory infections could be avoided simply by people washing their hands. The world health organization estimates yearly worldwide cases of serious influenza to reach 3 to 5 million and between 250,00 and 500,000 deaths. So, do the math, washing hands could avoid between 600,000 and 1,000,000 serious cases of influenza and save between 50,000 and 100,000 lives worldwide every single year.
It is near impossible to go anywhere without touching something that hundreds, if not thousands of others have done previously. Doorknobs, flushers, faucets, ATMs, gas pumps and shopping trolleys, everywhere you go you have the potential to pick up viral infections that can easily be transmitted to your mouth.
It is imperative therefore to know the drill. Wash your hands with soapy warm water for at least 20 seconds when necessary. Sing Happy Birthday twice over and you will be all set.
Sneeze or cough into a disposable tissue and discard it safely every time, if no tissue is available, do so into the fold in your arm to avoid droplets being dispersed. Then make sure to wash your clothes regularly.
Most people carry around their phones religiously, touching the screen and holding them against their mouths and faces regularly. So, make sure to wipe your phone down using alcohol-based wipes frequently to avoid the spread of pathogens. Also, don’t forget tablets and other devices.
This is a really hard thing to do, just try it for 20 minutes and you will see. There are obvious reasons why this is so important and with a combination of clean hands and no face touching you can seriously limit your risks.
If you have to go out try and keep 6 ft away from other people, the virus can be spread to others in close contact. Keep your distance to keep safe. Stop shaking hands, kissing cheeks, high fiving, all of which can spread the virus.
This, unfortunately, means amongst others avoiding, bars, restaurants, churches, and sports events. Of course, you will have to shop to buy essentials such as medicines and food. Try and use drive-through options where possible.
The main two symptoms of coronavirus are a high fever and a persistent cough. If you develop either, you must stay at home and avoid personal contact with others. You should self-isolate for 7 days at least. If you live with other people, then all members of the household should isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
To be on the safe side the elderly should stay at home and avoid contact with others. The fact is that older people have a less robust immune system so they should avoid unnecessary risks.
Those who are pregnant especially in their final trimester should also stay at home to avoid risks.
People with underlying health conditions such as anything which impairs heart or lung function should also stay at home.
Current statistics show coronavirus has a less than 4% fatality rate, compare that to Ebola where fatality rates vary from 25%- 90%. The majority of the population will be perfectly OK, and life will go on. Stress also increases cortisol levels in your system which can not only make you feel more stressed increase anxiety but also increases your heart rate and high blood pressure.
A healthy immune system is usually the result of good health decisions. It is proven that processed and refined foods, too much sugar, excessive alcohol, smoking, illegal drugs, and too much fat all greatly affect overall health. So, try and eat ‘real food’ consume as much fresh fruit and vegetables as you can, don’t smoke (or vape) and cut your alcohol consumption to within safe limits.
Get active, a sedentary lifestyle is your worst enemy. If you want to be a fortress to viruses get active and get those heart and lungs working. Especially if we are placed under lockdown look at ways you can still get your daily exercise. Look at online fitness videos or simply run up and down the stairs, anything to get your blood pumping and your body in shape.
Vitamins and minerals can also be used if you think you have a deficiency in any way. Vitamin C is one of the biggest immunity boosters of all and your body will not produce it by itself. If your diet is lacking in vitamin C, you will certainly need to either eat more citrus fruits or leafy greens such as kale or supplement it with vitamins. 3000-5,000 mg per day is recommended. Higher doses up to 10,000–20,000 mg per day may also be helpful in acute situations.
Vitamin B-6 supports the immune system. A B-6 deficiency can lead to decreased antibodies that are needed to fight infection.
Here at Male Excel, we are advocates of living actively and healthily. This period of uncertainty affects every part of society all over the globe. We believe this is an opportunity for communities and businesses to come together and offer support to all. We are here to help however we can and if you need to reach out to us, we are always here. Coronavirus will be beaten if we all do the right thing.