What you need to know about SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

Below is a very informative video on what this virus is and where we go from here.   

General Information on SARS-CoV-2

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.  

How do you get infected with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)?


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:

1. Face

2. Nose

3. Mouth

4. Eyes

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.  

How do I lower my chances of getting infected?

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. 

  • Just because your family/friends are not coughing or feeling ill, does NOT mean they are playing host to the virus - we call that asymptomatic.  
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces, including your car door handle and keys
  • Wear Gloves to pump gas
  • Keep your immune system strong
  • Follow below guidelines for grocery store and online purchase since it is know that the virus can live up to 72 hours on surfaces:

 Grocery Store and Online Purchases: 

  1. IF you go to the store, wear a mask AND GLOVES  - Come home and after wiping packages wash all clothes and take a shower. 
  2. If you buy or receive ANYTHING 
    • PURCHASES - Open the package (if delivery)  outside with gloves on, wipe down the item with a Clorox or Lysol wipe (or your homemade bleach/water solution) BEFORE bringing into you home
    • Throw out and do NOT reuse the grocery bags, if you use your own, wash them in hot soapy water immediately 

How do I keep my immune system strong?

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:

  1. ALL Dairy – creates the perfect environment for breeding virus
  2. Processed Sugar or sugary products (candy, cookies, sweet tea, etc.) 
  3. COLD fluids
  4. Ice in drinks
  5. White Flour products (cakes, cookies, bread, etc.)

INCREASE intake:

  1. Hot water with Lemon or Lemon slices (helps release the mucus off the Esophageal Cilia)
  2. Hot or Room Temp Fluids
  3. Bone Broth or Soup
  4. Ginger (in tea or soups) – helps keep the internal body temp warm

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.

What to do if you are infected?

 SYMPTOMS: - What if I have symptoms or just beginning to feel a little tired and under the weather? (not in any order of importance)

  1. What are early symptoms?  Begins with a sore/scratchy throat and lost of taste and/or smell.  Remember you don't have to have ALL the symptoms at once.  
  2. Secondary symptoms may be:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

**If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately**

  1. NO IBUPROFEN (ADVIL, MOTRIN) or ELDERBERRY if you have any symptoms - this  could possibly create a cytokine storm in your  body and you will actually FEED the virus and make it WORSE. 
  2. For:
    1. Fever reduction use ONLY ACETAMINOPHEN (Tylenol)
    2. Aches and pains use an NSAID (Aleve)