Covid-19: What Is It And How To Avoid Infection

Covid-19: What Is It And How To Avoid Infection

Posted 19 Feb '20

The Covid-19 threat that you see and hear all over global news seems scary. At this time of writing, 600 dead among 31,000 recorded cases. Quarantine facilities sprouting to accommodate the increasing number of PUI’s, or person under investigation. As of February 7th 2020, there are 15 confirmed Covid-19 Acute Respiratory Disease cases in Australia, 5 being in Queensland, 4 in NSW, 4 in Victoria, and 2 in South Australia.

The media and public health authorities are spreading panic all over, making it look like we are amidst a human pandemic. But we’re not. Let’s look at some numbers and facts that we already know about the virus:

What exactly is Coronavirus?

The Covid-19, or 2019-Novel Corona Virus Acute Respiratory Disease, is just another common flu virus. It is an RNA virus that is “enveloped”, which means that it resists elimination by the person’s own immune system. It infects the sinuses, upper throat, nose, and it shows the same symptoms as a cold.

How likely are you to get infected?

The chances that you could contract the disease is too small. In fact, there is only 0.0000017482% chance that you might get it, and if you do get it, the chances that it could kill you is 0.0000001137% as long as you are healthy. And just like any other respiratory disease, the risk of dying from it increases dramatically for the affected individual whose immune system is compromised, such as those who may be malnourished, or who have an underlying illness such as HIV, or young ones who have underdeveloped immunity. It was observed among populations in Asia where deficiencies in nutrients is prevalent, and where the environment is toxic. Essential nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Patients who are taking drugs for autoimmune disorders, diuretics for high blood pressure, and smokers also have increased risks.

How does Coronavirus invade the body?

The Covid-19 activates the NF-kappa B, which is a protein complex that provokes inflammation, particularly in the lungs. It consequently fills the lungs with fluid, causing pneumonia. This is the reason why the virus can be deadly since pneumonia is often fatal without the correct treatment and management.

Can it be cured?

As its name suggests, it is a newly mutated virus. Thus, there is no vaccine or proven treatment yet that may prevent or cure the infection. It is being treated according to the symptom — reduce inflammation with anti-inflammatories, usage of antibiotics and antiviral medicines, which are both ineffective since the previous is for bacteria and the latter is specific to particular viruses. Steroids may help with the inflammation, however it depletes vitamin C. Those who self-medicate may go for over-the-counter medicines that also deplete vitamin C levels, such as aspirin or Paracetamol.

Pharmaceutical companies are trying to develop patentable NF-kappa B inhibitors, though there are 785 natural inhibitors already identified and they are pretty easy to access. They include vitamins C, D, and E, alpha lipoic acid, NAC, resveratrol, zinc, quercetin, garlic, and more.

Our own heroes within

Humans have two immune responses — the rapid innate immunity, and the latent adaptive immunity. The key regulator in the virulence of coronavirus infections would be the innate immune response. The white blood cells that arrive to the site upon infection are neutrophils and are part of the innate immunity. And the one thing responsible for stimulating innate immunity is vitamin D. The vitamin suppresses NF-kappa B signals, decreases excessive inflammation and in the end, kills the viruses of neutrophils.

So, how do you avoid infection?

The first thing to look at is your immune response. How well are you able to avoid getting sick? And how well are you able to easily become well again after falling sick? If you are prone to minor infections such as colds and cough, it’s time that you strengthen your body’s defenses. Here are some essential nutrients that you should start taking right away:

Vitamin C

White blood cells are important components of the immune system. Vitamin C works by stimulating its production and function. It helps the body produce antibodies or proteins that neuralise invading microorganisms. Get your vitamin C levels up by taking 5 to 10 grams a day. Space the dosage out throughout the day to make it more effective.


Zinc lines mucous membranes as the form of “zinc fingers”. They prevent inflammation that can be damaging to cells and to the body as a whole. For adults, the advised dosage is 50 mg a day during high risk infection times. Start now if you don’t already take it and continue doing so for 2 months at least.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D modulates both the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in this vitamin is linked to susceptibility to infection.

Medicinal Mushrooms

There are different species of mushrooms and they vary greatly in their healing properties but the common thing about them is that they are effective immune-boosters. They are rich in polysaccharides, particularly Beta-glucans. They are active compounds that interact with receptors within our immune cells. Reishi, Shiitake, Cordyceps, and Turkeytail are the some of the most effective ones. Take a powder now if you can, to increase your white blood cell count.

Herbal medicines

Immune-boosting, and antiviral herbs such as St John’s Wort, Houttuynia, Andrographis, Elderberry, Turmeric, Istatis, and Lomatium are some of the recommended ones. There are many others that work just as effectively, but these are the ones that are easiest to find.


The body depends on the thyroid’s metabolism in order to effectively fight off illness and get rid of dead cells. If imbalanced, your defense against illness will become unstable and unreliable. Work on getting the right amounts of iodine to promote thyroid health and function.


Magnesium has many roles in our body. It helps about 300 biochemical reactions including the maintenance of nerve and muscle function, heart activity, bone health and the immune health, to name a few. 3 grams of magnesium every 6 to 8 hours is recommended when down with the flu.

Liposomal Glutathione

Glutathione is a powerful detoxifier, being able to neutralise a wide spectrum of free radicals, thus supporting the immune system. Viruses deplete glutathione reserves. Start taking liposomal glutathione as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that it is always important to consult with a Practitioner before self-medicating, even if it involves natural medicine. Give us a call to get yourself checked and know how much you should be taking in order to get optimal immune health.

Stay strong and healthy and calm! If you need help, get in touch now or schedule an appointment


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