VIDEO: covers all the things you need to do to protect yourself or immune yourself from Coronavirus.
The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in war.
This article covers the tips on how to prepare your body and make it ready to fight (if it has to..) with Coronavirus and other diseases.
Currently, as of 24 March 2020, we (humans) have not been able to develop a vaccine for Coronavirus so far. Yet, 102,431 people have recovered from this virus worldwide. How?
Well, the answer is simple, your own body has the immune system and a healing system capable to fight any disease.
So, why then 382,005 people have died so far if our body can fight anything you ask? That’s because their immune system was not good enough. The answer as per doctors is that those people were either older than 60 yrs old, had some pre-existing medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and immune system disease.
But whether you are young or old, if you haven’t got the virus to stay safe indoors, and prepare your body to fight in case you have to go on war with this new virus.
How to prepare your body for this virus and from other diseases?
Since no one has a full and final universal method or a vaccine to cure this virus, it comes down to what else we can do to prepare our body so it is ready to fight and even cure this virus? When we say cure, our body, our immune system will cure it and we just have to back it up. What we can do to back it up is covered in this blog-
1. Understand the enemy – What is it & What It Does to Our Body?
To fight, you need to know who your enemy is. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Some think it is no different to common flu but Covid-19 is more deadly than seasonal flu. The average flu strain kills about 0.1 per cent of those infected, but the Covid-19 mortality rate is much higher. Covid-19 also seems to spread more easily than seasonal flu. Not to mention, it is completely new and we do not have a vaccine yet. Checkout these coronavirus myths for the wrong info. making the rounds across the world.
On average, it takes about 5-6 days for someone to show symptoms after becoming infected. However, some people who carry the virus remain asymptomatic, that means they do not show any symptoms. The virus multiplies in the respiratory tract and can cause a range of symptoms. However, in most cases, symptoms have remained mild.
Act as soon as you encounter this enemy i.e notice the symptoms of coronavirus. For this, we all must know the SYMPTOMS:
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory issues and illness. Other may feel:
- itchy in the throat
- fever or pain in the body
- flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, runny nose, fever, fatigue all the way through pneumonia
- shortness of breath
- stomach issues in some cases
In a study, it was shown that the most common symptoms were fever, fatigue and dry cough. Act quicker by going for testing. A third of the patients also reported muscle pain and difficulty breathing, while about 10 percent had atypical symptoms, including diarrhoea and nausea.
Search the testing centres nearby and go for checks. However, only go for testing if you have symptoms+ you’ve recently been in contact with someone who travelled overseas or has the virus.
Acting quicker will help you recover quicker. Doctors can help you before it gets worse. Finding it early also helps prevent it from spreading to others as you can self isolate once you find out.
Timeline of how it progress in your body
The study examined the medical data of a 35-year-old man in the United States. The first symptom was a dry cough, followed by a fever. On the third day of illness, he reported nausea and vomiting followed by diarrhoea and abdominal discomfort on the sixth day. By the ninth day, he had developed pneumonia and reported difficulty breathing. By the twelfth day, his condition had improved and his fever was subsiding. He developed a runny nose, however. By the end of the 2nd week, he was asymptomatic except for a mild cough. So it can take 2-3 weeks to recover if not severe. People with severe or critical disease may take between 3-6 weeks to recover.
2. Home Remedies That Has Helped Corona Patients
Do not underestimate the home remedies or alternative therapies to prepare your body. Sometimes, a home remedy can do what modern medicines can’t do. The idea is to help our immune system and “healing system” to work properly without any disturbance (as explained later).
Make a hot drink with ginger and honey. First, boil the water, add fresh ginger and once the ginger water is ready, let it cool a little (up to warm) then add honey. You can also add lemon as it has an alkaline nature and maintains the ph level of your body which helps your immune system. This ginger honey drink will help soothe the chest.
Massaging chest with warm oil and hot packs can also help soothe chest, neck and shoulder muscles.
Make your own gargles of warm water and salt. Do gargles 3 – 5 times a day. This virus stays in throat for 2-3 days then move to the respiratory system. So first 2 days you should be doing lots of gargles to flush out virus or relief the inflammation in the throat.
Brandy – Take a shot of brandy and wait for it to work magic. Brandy has antibacterial components and its high proportion of alcohol helps to get rid of the cold, throat pain and coughing in no time. The perfect pairing of its warming nature and relaxing quality made it a trusted source to boost the immune system for hundreds of years.
3. Let Your Healing System Do The Job For You
Our body is an advanced machine. Much more advance than what you think. Its natural healing system can heal anything. Think how even a cracked bone heals itself. We get diseases when this system doesn’t work properly. All you need is to back it up.
All the noise in our mind, eating too much, thinking negative, sleeping more than 8 hrs are some of the things that disturb this healing system. For instance, when we sleep, our healing system works and repairs the damaged cells. However, when we eat too much the healing system or cells gets overloaded and needs to divert their attention from repair to digestion. So, avoid eating too much in the night time after 6 or 7 pm to let your healing system do the job. Keep your body clean by drinking lots of water, keep your mind clean by avoiding stress and negative thoughts. When our mind relaxes, our immune system is automatically boosted. It’s all connected.
5. Exercise and Meditate
Meditation and yoga can actually alter cellular activity in our body. A journal published in the ACS Journals is one of the first to suggest that a mind-body connection really does exist. Benefits of meditation are also observed to help cure cancer.
When our mind is stressed, our healing system doesn’t work properly, our digestion gets bad, our body feels a lack of energy and diseases start attacking us. And for people with addiction suffering from SUDs (Substance use disorder), as per this blog from Affordable Rehabs, these people, unfortunately, will fall into the “high risk for infection” category along with children, the elderly, and people with other illnesses.
Meditation helps us clear our mind from unnecessary thoughts and makes it more peaceful. This starts a chain reaction of healthy signals in your body. Your digestion starts working well and healing system activates with 100% capacity to work.
Many historic Indian documents mention that when in deep Meditation, pranic energy flows from the universe to your body via crown chakra (brahamrandra) at the top of your head. This pranic cosmic energy which helps in healing your body.
This is the same vital energy which we all get every night when we are in a deep dreamless state of sleep. This vital energy helps us work all day and fight diseases. In our dream, we get it unconsciously. With Mediation, we get it consciously and in a much higher amount than in sleep.
You don’t really need to understand the technical side of it, all you need to do is act on it. Simply learn to Meditate:
Sit in any comfortable posture and focus on your breathing. Don’t move even an inch for 21 minutes and keep focusing on your breath. Keep breathing naturally; no need to change it for the sake of meditation. This 21 minutes session will relax you and boost your immunity. Exercise like walking, running, stretching also keeps us healthy and boosts the immune system.
5. General Medicines & Supplements
Though you should definitely ask your doctor for medicines, generic medicines available over the counter can be taken to help the symptoms.
It is believed that the coronavirus, similar to other viruses, stays in the throat for the first three days. This is the best time to flush out or kill it before it moved further to our respiratory system. Anti-viral Gargles like Betadine has proven record to help people in the past to flush out virus or bacteria. It also helps relieve a sore throat. If you really can’t get your hands on it then you can also make your own gargle with warm water and salt.
Medicines like Paracetamol (paracetamol) usually help in body pain or pneumonia-like symptoms (which coronavirus patients also have). Taking Panadol may help a bit if your body is in pain. It won’t cure it of course but it may help some with symptoms.
Taking immune system boosting supplements like Zinc or CENOVIS immunity supplement or anything similar is not a bad idea. They are easily available in chemist shops. There are also sprays and rubs like Vicks vaporub that helps chest congestion and respiratory system. There are anti-inflammation mouth sprays which can help reduce inflammation in the throat.
Stick to natural or mild medicines unless prescribed by your GP or doctor. On March 14, French health minister Olivier Véran tweeted – warning that people should stay away from using ibuprofen to treat coronavirus symptoms. Some patients in France had experienced adverse effects using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat the disease. People should avoid using ibuprofen or steroids to treat coronavirus symptoms and take paracetamol instead.
Keep alcohol-based gels and sanitisers with you to clean the hands and surfaces in your house. Hand sanitisers with more than 60 % alcohol content are most effective at killing microbes.
note: this is not medical advice but general tips only. Go to your doctor for professional help
How to seek medical attention
If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the National Coronavirus Helpline for advice.