COVID19: Information and support from your team at New England Naturopathic Health
As most of us are aware by now, COVID19, or Coronavirus, is spreading through our global communities. At the time of this newsletter, there are not yet any confirmed cases in the state of Maine. However, it is likely that the virus will spread to Maine at some point. At New England Naturopathic Health, our focus always is on education and prevention. In this newsletter, we will answer common questions about coronavirus, key preventative steps to take, and what you can do to help bolster your immune system if you’re at risk
What is COVID19?
There are many types of coronaviruses, some that affect humans and others that affect animals. Some of the human coronaviruses cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses (such as the coronavirus that causes the common cold) and others can be more severe (such as the coronavirus that causes SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)). COVID19 is a new virus for humans, meaning we have not seen this form of coronavirus to cause illness in humans before. Because of this, we do not have immunity to it, nor approved medications or vaccines to treat it, which allows for rapid spread through communities
How does the virus spread?
COVID19 is believed to be transmitted person-to-person through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These respiratory droplets land in the mouths and/or noses of people who are nearby (within 6 feet) and cause a spread of infection.
It is possible that you may get sick from touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is not the main way the virus spreads.
People are thought to be contagious when they are the most symptomatic (are the sickest they are going to get) from the virus.
What are the symptoms and who’s at risk?
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
- Shortness of breath
The following are everyday precautions to take
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- As much as possible, avoid touching surfaces in public places such as elevator buttons, door handles, and handrails, and avoid shaking hands. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you do touch one of these surfaces.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
- Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid cruise ships
In addition to the above suggestions, we recommend supporting the foundations of health
- Drink plenty of water every day
- Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night
- Eat enough throughout the day, including a source of protein and fat with each meal to keep blood sugar stable
- Spend time with people you love and reduce stressors as much as possible. Stress does a number on our health, and it is a major suppressor of our immune system.
Specific naturopathic therapies that can help boost your immune system and keep you healthy until the risk of outbreak has passed include the following:
- Ozone therapy: Medical grade ozone stimulates the immune system and increases blood flow to targeted tissues. Ear and nasal ozone specifically targets the tissues of the respiratory system and helps bolster these tissues against the coronavirus. This is particularly helpful for patients prone to allergies, sinus infections, and sore throats.
- Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy improves immunity by utilizing hot and cold water contrast applications in addition to low volt sine wave stimulation to the lungs and other essential organs of the torso. Hydrotherapy is especially helpful for patients with asthma or for those prone to lung infections and other respiratory illnesses.
- We also suggest taking an immune boosting supplement such as Phytogen, Super Lysine, Astragalus, Berberine Complex, Argentyn Nasal Spray, and/or Immune Glycerite daily until the threat of COVID19 has passed. Please speak with your doctor to determine which supplement is best for you.
As always, we are here to support you and help keep you and your families healthy. If you would like to discuss more specifically what this looks like for you, please call our office to make an appointment.