Acute Covid &
Long Covid :
Post Viral Syndrome
The best way to manage Coronavirus is to prevent it by building up immunity and taking proactive measures to avoid unintentional exposure, and to build up your immune system to resist the infection, or manage better if it comes calling.
Beyond personal hygiene, and the usual recommendations, there are some important things you can do to improve your body's immune resilience. These are my thoughts on the topic.
What is the hoopla about Covid-19?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that were first isolated in the 1960s. There are many types of coronaviruses, and they typically cause flu-like symptoms of varying severity. Covid-19 is the name given to the ‘novel’ coronavirus from Wuhan, a unique strain not seen before.
Aside from causing common flu symptoms, with body aches, headache, runny or snotty noses and cough, the added danger of this strain of coronavirus is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS, it may cause. This is a type of pneumonia that causes the lung surface to become severely obstructed by inflammatory material, making breathing very difficult, a life-threatening situation.
While most people who contract the virus will just feel like they have the flu, some people will be more vulnerable to developing SARS.
In addition to the risk of SARS, this virus is highly contagious, living for nine days outside the body on surfaces, and also being able to be spread by aerosol droplets inhaled from people with the virus nearby.
How is it contracted?
nCoV-2019 is transmitted from person to person when a person comes into contact with the secretions of an infected person. This means the virus is transmitted via the following means:
Touching infected object or surface then touching face, eyes, mouth or nose
Handling the waste of an infected person
Symptoms of nCoV-2019 include:
Mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness
The elderly, young children and those with immune-depleting conditions are at most risk of the serious aspects of this infection. Although it appears nCoV-2019 is less lethal than SARS or MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) - a viral respiratory illness new to humans, first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012). Stats estimate that 15 to 20 percent of cases can become severe, with the lethal rate sitting at about 1 in 10, according to early estimates. (4)
To put it in perspective, the current world population is 7,769,865,683. (1) Currently 114,430 people have been confirmed, 64089 have recovered, and 4027 have died, many of whom were elderly, or had an existing health condition. (2)
Compared to the 1918 flu, the death rate was up to 20% of those infected which is 200 times the usual flu epidemic mortality rate of 0.1%. With nearly one-third of the global population being infected, it is estimated that three to six percent of the world’s population died due to the pandemic. 500 million people were infected across the world and 50 to 100 million of them died. (3)
The nCoV-2019 is an enveloped virus, which means the virus is protected by a glycoprotein shell, and why these viruses are so difficult to treat. (4) Coronaviruses are virulent because they are ‘enveloped viruses’ meaning that they are enveloped inside a glycoprotein membrane that protects the virus against common medical treatments. (5) Nature offers us more viable resources to break this membrane, and enhance immune mechanisms of protection in the system as a whole.
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory infections that are typically mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), though rarer forms, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19, which can cause respiratory distress syndrome in those with vulnerable health conditions, which can be life-threatening. Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, a family of enveloped viruses and is the largest among known RNA viruses. (6)
(It is a fascinating study, like watching the world meters of infection and recovery - https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries … does this constitute as rubbernecking..? )
While the media has made it all very scary, I feel that we are slowly moving on toward the other side of the bell curve anyone I notice that at the time of writing this, anyone who says “it’s the flu” is still quickly silenced or shamed. Not wanting to dwell on the dark side for long, I am looking forward to the upside of all this, when people become more conscious of their coughing, sneezing and spluttering habits. I must say it is working on my 13-year-old, who now is more vigilantly washing grotty hands, as well as coughing and sneezing into his elbow ... so it’s working, yay!!
This virus is particularly resilient outside the body, making it fairly easily transmissible if people are not conscious of how they splutter. Lasting up to 9 days outside the body, it can be picked up from surfaces and spreads through aerosol contact as well.
As usual, prevention is better than cure, and as we bring our gratitude back to how amazing our immune systems are, we can confidently turn to nature to support us with her broad-spectrum options that not only protect us from infections but also stimulate immunity to protect us.
There are many herbal medicines and nutritional that are antiviral against envelope viruses, and supportive to the immune system, a herbal and nutritional plan together aligned with an individual's needs in a Naturopathic consultation. It is also important to protect against the ‘cytokine storm’ at the heart of the most debilitating symptoms. Preventing viral pneumonia and secondary bacterial pneumonia is high on the agenda for a Naturopathic prescription, so anyone testing positive or suspecting an active infection is encouraged to make a phone/video call appointment to get onto a program as soon as possible.
If you already tend to catch every lurgy going around, have a chronic or debilitating health condition, diabetes, asthma, obesity, if you smoke, or if you feel like you have a lousy immune system in general, it is wise to get started on what you need long before you need it.
After the acute phase of Covid-19 is over, you can be left with a rather debiliting post viral syndrome. There is more on this elsewhere on the website, but for the specific purpose of 'Long Covid' Naturopathic support is essential, or the body stays stuck in an inflammatory cycle of cell distress that it doesn't seem to be able to easily overcome. Herbs, diet and high dose nutrients are so important to support the body's resistance and recovery resources. At the clinic we also use treatment therapy from Germany, specifically working on your body's presentation and needs for recovery.
Covid-19 is not the only virus that leaves the body inflamed and fatigued, but it is certailnly one that hits hard on all systems of the body, particuarly the mitochondria, the part of the cells that make energy, and the lungs.
getting help early is important.
The best way to move forward with this is through a videocall consultation. Videocall appointments can be made here, they are effective and convenient, particularly if you are in quarantine, or post viral recovery. You can book in for a 'free-15' chat to discuss your needs through the diary link above.
(2) World Clock – Coronavirus Counter -
(3) Ten facts about the Spanish flu -
(4) Green Med Info - Can Herbal Medicines Fight Wuhan Coronavirus?
(7) Oregon State University -Vitamin A -
(8) Vitamin D May Protect Against Influenza And Other Viruses -
(9) Viruses are pH-Sensitive -
This information is not intended to replace personal Naturopathic or medical advice.