Coronavirus – what is it, and why is it important to know about it?
The Coronavirus in the news recently is a new strain that originated in Wuhan, China, and belongs to a large family of Coronaviruses that may cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe infections.
How do I know if I might have contracted the virus?
There is no way for you to know you have contacted the new Coronavirus without testing, however, common signs of infection with Coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection with the Coronavirus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome*, and kidney failure.
What can I do to prevent becoming infected?
Evidence so far indicates that people that do not show signs of infection are highly unlikely to transmit Coronavirus. The vast majority of patients affected by Coronavirus experience mild to moderate symptoms that are mostly fever and flu-like symptoms.
However, recommendations to prevent infection with Coronavirus include regular hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and cooking meat and eggs thoroughly. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of illness such as coughing and sneezing – the Coronavirus is predominantly spread by infected droplets in the air.
Your immune system and health
A healthy immune system is key to avoiding illness. Vitamins are essential for antibody production while vitamin and mineral deficiencies reduce overall immunity and expose us to infection.
Immune function can be improved by restoring deficient micronutrients to recommended levels, increasing resistance to infection and supporting faster recovery. Take a balanced multivitamin and mineral supplement to maintain your immune system.
*A rapid build-up of fluid in the lungs