The news seems to get worse every day.
New cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus are popping up everywhere. And it’s striking our most vulnerable populations – especially seniors.
Tragically, we’ve even seen our first fatalities from this disease here in the United States, almost all of them among older Americans.
In fact, leading expert, Dr. Peter Hotez of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, recently implored Congress to take this virus VERY seriously, calling it “the angel of death for older individuals.”
There’s no treatment. No cure. And no way to totally eliminate your risk for the disease, short of locking yourself inside and avoiding ALL contact with the outside world.
It’s actually not a bad idea if you can swing it. But for most of us, that’s NOT possible or practical. There’s food to buy. Doctor’s appointments to keep. And family to care for (or maybe who are caring for you).
Drug companies are working around the clock in a race to develop a vaccine and medications to fight the virus. But those solutions could take more than a year before their ready… IF they’re successful at all.
And knowing that can leave you feeling an awful lot like a sitting duck.
So let’s change that today by looking at how you can arm yourself against this killer coronavirus. Because there ARE practical steps you can take TODAY to give yourself a chance to avoid the germs, perhaps prevent infection, and ultimately save your life.
Coronavirus could ALREADY be in your community
Maybe it hasn’t hit your community yet. Perhaps it hasn’t even reached your state. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.
No matter where you are, the time to act is NOW. Because if you wait, it could be too late, especially given the very nature of the virus.
The infection has a long incubation period, or the time between when you’re exposed and when you get sick. That means people can have it, carry it, and spread it even if they DON’T have symptoms.
In other words, the coronavirus could ALREADY be in your community – it just hasn’t been spotted yet.
STOP the SPREAD and BLOCK infection
But you don’t have to just sit, wait, and pray you don’t get infected. There are steps you can take that could help dramatically reduce your risk.
MINIMIZE EXPOSURE: You may not be able to shut yourself in, but you CAN limit your time out in public. Do you REALLY need to visit the store today? Is that an “important” doctor’s appointment or just a check-in you can do by phone?
And why shop for groceries when they can now be delivered in most places? If you’ve never used grocery delivery before, now is a good time to try it out. Bonus: Many supermarkets offer big discounts for first-time delivery customers.
The less time you spend around large groups of other folks, the better right now.
CHARGE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: When your immune system is firing on all cylinders, it has a better chance of fighting off the coronavirus. And should you get infected, it can help you recover faster.
Of course, you want to start with the basics, vitamins C and D, and probiotics. But then you also may want to consider proven antiviral compounds such as olive leaf extract and oregano oil.
It’s too early to tell how these supplements will perform against coronavirus. But they have a long tradition of use against all kinds of bugs. And research has shown they can help fight other viruses from influenza to respiratory illnesses. Which means they could stand a fighting chance against coronavirus too.
But there are other ways to build immunity that have nothing to do with vitamins. You want to sleep more… eat better… and watch your stress levels (turn off the news and turn ON your favorite sitcom instead).
Remember, you need at least 20 seconds of soaping up to wash away germs. And definitely don’t touch your face without super-clean hands. If you have dinner or groceries delivered, wash your hands after THOSE encounters, too.
There’s no “magic bullet” against coronavirus… yet. But with careful planning, good hygiene, and a strong immune system, you can dramatically cut your risk of becoming a victim.