Below is a very informative video on what this virus is and where we go from here.
What does SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) stand for?
SARS - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
COVID - Coronavirus disease. Corona meaning "Crown" - Spikes located on the virus - This is the Family of Coronavirdae it belongs to,.. Like how you and I belong to a family
19 - 2019, the year it was discovered
Enveloped Virus- A protective lipid (fat) layer protecting the actual virus. Why does this matter? It is harder to kill the virus since you have to penetrate the outer layer in order to reach the actual virus.
Host - Any living mammal or NON-living thing in which the virus can live on. The goal of the virus is to NOT kill the host but to infect as many as possible. Depending on the material, it has been stated the virus can live upto 3 days. What can you do to lower the chances of acquiring it? See below.
Some basic anatomy we need to make sure you understand first to help you understand why and how this virus sticks to your insides and how we are going to help you do your best to prevent infection and spread:
Lungs – you have upper and lower lobes in both lungs.
Right Lung – 3 lobes
Left Lung – 2 lobes
Esophagus – Located in your neck which contains Cilia (little brush like structures that help clear food and mucus off the walls of your esophagus.)
Diaphragm – Located below the rib cage and lungs
Stomach – Below the diaphragm and contains acid to break down particles so your body can pass then via urine or bowel movements
You have come into contact with something or something that is a host to the virus. Remember a host is any living mammal or NON-living thing in which the virus can live on. The goal of the virus is to NOT kill the host but to infect as many as possible. Depending on the material, it has been stated the virus can live up to 3 days on surfaces.
Once you come into contact with the virus, you will ingest the virus by your nose or mouth and possibly your eyes (if you get bodily fluids in your orbital mucus membrane). YES, this virus can spread by body fluids, similar to how HIV can be transmitted, in fact this virus has similar traits as HIV.
The easiest way to ingest the virus is by having the virus on your fingers or FINGERNAILS then with unwashed hands you touch your:
OR coming into contact with someone who has the virus and your are exposed to them. This virus travels through the air and the size of the virus is nano.
Be conscience of what you are touching, who you are around, amount of sleep you are able to get as well as what you are eating and drinking. You ask how does food play a part in this? YES, this virus thrives on damp and cold environments.
Grocery Store and Online Purchases:
1. It is recommended to take at least 1,000mg of Vit C daily. The best way is to take it by Lysosomal Delivery - which bypasses the stomach and acids and crosses the blood barrier and uptakes directly into the bloodstream. You can take up to 2,000mg a day or to bowel tolerance. Vitamin C is used to help for antioxidants and helps to reduce free radicals in the body. Viit C is water soluble and therefore your body will excrete what is not used.
2. Hot water and lemon slices - as many times a day as you can - especially if you feel mucus in your throat--this specific combination will help break the bond of the mucus sticking to the cilia in the throat.
3. Keep your nasal passages damp - not dry - DO NOT share nasal saline solution between household members
4. SLEEP and REST as much you can - now is NOT the time to tackle large projects you have postponed until you had time, NOW is time to heal and build your immunity.
5. Warm Fluids - at least half amount of your weight in ounces (i.e., if you weigh 100lbs you should be drinking 50oz of water). NO COLD and NO ICE
6. FOOD - This virus thrives in cold and damp. There are certain foods that create damp in your body. Have you ever had a lot of mucus after eating dairy? THAT is damp. Some foods and drinks to limit or best to avoid all together are:
AVOID these immune destroyers:
7. Vit D3 with K-- you must take this especially if your state lacks sun. Make sure you have the K so the Vit D can get absorbed --- you must take this especially if your state lacks sun. Make sure you have the K so the Vit D can get absorbed - - This is a fat soluble so your body WILL store what is NOT needed -
*PER MAYO CLINIC - The recommended daily amount of vitamin D is 400 international units (IU) for children up to age 12 months, 600 IU for ages 1 to 70 years, and 800 IU for people over 70 years. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-vitamin-d/art-2036379
SYMPTOMS: - What if I have symptoms or just beginning to feel a little tired and under the weather? (not in any order of importance)
**If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately**