What To Do During This Pandemic
March 15, 2020 09:46 PM

I know this is a time of great uncertainty. It’s easier said than done, but please don’t let fear take over. I find it helps not to watch the news too much.

Facts about COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019 which is a new type of coronavirus never seen in humans before and originating from Wuhan China
  • The virus spreads from person to person through infected respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing within 6 feet of each other. Also, the virus can live on surfaces for up to 3 days.
  • In Canada as of now, 29% of cases are in 60 year olds and older; 12% of cases have been hospitalized, 1 person has died, 79% of cases are travellers
  • Masks are only for those that have an upper respiratory infection so they don’t spread their droplets to others
  • At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
    • aged 65 and over
    • with compromised immune systems
    • with underlying medical conditions

What we can do:

  • Wash your hands with vigorous scrubbing of soap for at least 20 seconds; wash your hands frequently especially after being out, sneezing or coughing
  • Do not touch your face so to avoid the virus from entering your airway
  • Get fresh air, exercise and avoid crowds
  • Quarantine yourself for 2 weeks if you’ve been on a plane or in contact with anyone that has flu like symptoms
  • Strengthen your immune system:
    • Eat lots of vegetables and fruit; avoid sugar! 1 tsp of sugar suppresses the immune system for 1 hour
    • Don’t stress – fear and anxiety weakens the immune system. Listen to nice music while you are staying home
    • Get lots of sleep – this strengthens your immune system
    • Avoid foods you are sensitive to – ask your naturopathic doctor for testing
    • Get your vitamin D levels checked and supplement accordingly – consult a naturopathic doctor
    • Vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, elderberry, quercetin, probiotics, mushrooms, licorice root, echinacea all help combat pathogens and can strengthen the immune system --- consult a naturopathic doctor for recommendations on dosages and to make sure it’s right for you
  • Things to have at home for a 2 week supply:
    • Prescription medications
    • Soap and toiletries – but don’t hoard!
    • Lots of organic frozen fruit and vegetables (ideally a medley)
    • Option to have some frozen meat and fish – organic, wild, grass-fed…
    • Canned beans, soups (I like the organic lentil canned soups), sardines, dried mushrooms, rice, pasta, pasta sauce
    • Make your own surface disinfectant (purchase alcohol from the LCBO that has more than 70% alcohol and just add some essential oils) https://wholefully.com/homemade-hand-sanitizer/

 

Please consult your naturopathic doctor for more specific recommendations and to make sure this is right for you.

 

 

Read this article for more in-depth information: http://www.noumena.ca/a-few-tips-on-minimizing-the-risks-of-covid19-corona-virus-infection/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html