Preventative Measures against Coronavirus

From a natural medicine perspective

The best tactics I heard to prevent the virus was from Graham Medley, Professor of infectious disease modelling at the University of London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:
“Act as if you already have coronavirus” so that you behave carefully, not infecting others.
And be sure to practice all the widely publicised hygiene steps, because anything you touch could infect you right now.
New Zealanders, refer to: https://covid19.govt.nz/
You can find websites providing the steps, ie.
 
As at 2 April according to WorldOmeters website – in the 199 countries so far infected, of the total “closed cases with an outcome”, they reported an 19% death rate. That makes it a very serious global threat. At least it says of “active” cases, 95% are mild.
It is now coming to light, that people are not doing enough to decontaminate themselves, and surfaces, they are still unaware of the extent of the risks. Also coming to light are early warning signs of Covid-19:  those infected lose their sense of smell and taste, or get conjunctivitis. This needs to be added to the public warning charts. Testing stations in NZ will currently not test you if you have those mild symptoms. This means hundreds of asymptomatic people with impaired senses, (or mild discomfort) are shopping while infectious but ineligible to be tested and not aware that they should be in quarantine, which is different from self-isolation. In studiesstudies
There are things you can do to ward off catching covid-19.
On one hand, the virus is said to enter the lungs immediately by inhaling droplets. Once you have it, there is nothing you can do except self-isolate and ride it out. Depending on your immunity levels, it will affect anywhere from mildly to seriously. On the other hand, there is circulating advice saying that because the virus sits in the throat for 3 days before it gets to the lungs, you can do things to halt its progression.

The purpose of my blog is to post articles about alternative treatments, so I share here some tips and strategies that might help. (* these strategies may not cure, but they could become the difference between turning a mild case into a serious one). But it will be an individual choice whether you take up this advice as herbal and natural remedies cannot be scientifically proven.

Firstly I discuss here some latest advice received from a social media poster, a recording from Spain  from hospital staff doctors. The authors name was not given. Some suggestions were helpful but others parts were completely untrueo.

These are the points they made:

1. You should “decontaminate your clothes, hair, purchases, and disinfect house surfaces after going out each time, because the virus attaches to hair and clothes and remains live on surfaces for many hours, some surfaces for MANY days:”

2. In autopsies of the coronavirus victims in China, they found solidified mucus blocking all their airways. This is why so many people end up on ventilators because they can’t breathe.

3. Clear mucus early, while it is still in the nose and throat. The virus sits in the throat or sinuses for 3 days, before it works its way to the lungs. They say you should try to flush out the virus at this time, by drinking warm or hot fluid, and moisten the nose mucus to clear it out.

For the throat:  sip warm water every 20 minutes, drink lots of hot drinks, to flush the microbes into your stomach, where your gastric juices can destroy it. Also suggested is to gargle daily with an antiseptic mouthwash.
For the nose and sinuses: Keep your sinuses clear and dry, by placing yourself into warm and dry environments. Moisten the nasal passages and cleanse out mucus.

In Green Goddess website article, they said – Hear what Chinese herbalists had to say about the nature of the lung congestion. -They said to do this:
Moisten Dryness and Transform Phlegm.

Here is an excerpt from a very important article written By Dr. Michael Murray, one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. You can read the rest here: IHERB website:

The Importance of the Mucous Membranes in Our Airways

In order for any virus to infect the throat, sinuses, airways or lungs it must first pass through or enter the body through the mucous membrane. It is the first barrier to infection; the immune system is the second line of defence. There are two routes for COVID-19 to enter the lungs and cause serious damage. The primary route is through the respiratory tract, the other is through the gastrointestinal tract.

Water is critical to the health of the mucous membranes.


My suggestions that I add here are: 
  • Use your dehumidifier if you have one.
  • Take saunas or a Facial Sauna/ Facial Steamer to clear mucus from the nasal passages. Facial sauna/steamers, work directly by cleansing the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Or fill a bowl of boiling water and inhale, with a towel over your head.
  • Take well-known immunity booster supplements, Vitamin C and Zinc
  • Herbal teas and tonics etc as a preventative. (see my recommended links)

 

For some people, natural remedies have been found to shorten or lessen the intensity of colds, even though they might not entirely cure.

Whether symptoms are nil or mild, we should be doing all we can to build our health and immunity up, to ward off what we can.

If you are immuno-compromised or feel that you have a common cold coming on, I believe that saunas, Multivitamin supplements, Vitamin C megadoses, combinations of zinc, echinacea, olive leaf extracts (eg Viralex) and probiotics, digestive enzymes, herbal tonics and teas, can help to boost your immune system and strengthen you against infections. I don’t suggest taking all of them, just the ones that you intuitively think will suit you.
Manuka Honey is another example stated as having anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which help to inhibit viruses.
 

When community spread is at high-risk levels
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear gloves and mask when out shopping if you have a suspicion you have the virus.
  • Or if you don’t have gloves or masks, nor any suspicions, practice these following careful decontamination steps as per advised by the doctors:
  • After coming home, don’t sit down and start touching things in your house – clean yourself, and your clothes first. Don’t walk in the house with your shoes on. Leave your shoes in a separate room to the main house. Put all your clothes into the wash. Then have a shower. Wash hair. Dress in clean clothes you know are not contaminated.  Disinfect surfaces, everything you have touched; and wipe down all your purchases, carry bags, handbag and wallet, money, and home surfaces daily, even front door handles, car doors, steering wheel, then wash your hands again thoroughly.
These extra cleaning tasks are going to become time-consuming; our lives have been totally turned upside down, but during lockdown you have to do it.
It’s up to you to treat every surface and person as a potential infector. Keep healthy by keeping active and going for fresh air walks, then return home and follow your protocols if you have touched anything while outside.
Stay in your buddy group, boost your immunity, keep hydrated, and make sure your nose is cleared of mucus.
If you follow these prevention steps, and come out the other side with none or just a mild case, then I celebrate your success.
 
Recommended natural health articles:
See the Green Goddess website for protective herbal teas.
Must read: Iherb website for very important information about which herbs to defend against viruses.

Disclaimer

This blog is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health-related diagnosis or treatment options. Information on this blog should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. The claims made about specific products throughout this blog are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

 


HERBAL TEAS TO HELP DISLODGE MUCUS

Green Goddess writes about Marshmallow Root Tea (Althea officinalis). We drink this healing tea every day and have now added Liquorice Root, Mullein and Fenugreek to our tea cupboard.

These teas are important at this time as they help to dislodge dry mucus at an early stage. Once you have a thinner, looser mucus it is much easier to remove it by coughing. This selection of teas once steeped create mucilage which helps to do this.

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