Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is obviously very much in the news now, therefore we felt it might be useful to remind you of the advice from the NHS, World Health Organisation and the UK Government regarding Coronavirus.

Coronavirus is a family of viruses that are common across the world causing a range of illnesses from the common cold to severe respiratory conditions. Generally, it is more severe in people with a weakened immune system, older people or those with a long-term condition or illness.

COVID-19 is a strain first identified in Wuhan City, China having caused several cases of pneumonia.

As it is a new strain, it is not clear how it is spread (similar viruses are spread in cough droplets) and there is no specific treatment. Any treatment is to relieve the symptoms whilst the body fights the illness. The symptoms are cough, high temperature and shortness of breath.

The NHS recommend precautions similar to those necessary to avoid catching germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Put tissues in the bin immediately
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water aren’t available
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Don’t touch eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

We do not know much about this strain yet; however, we do know that building our immunity helps combat viral infections so it might be worth supplementing to increase our immunity.

The following vitamins might help increase our immunity

  • Vitamin C – can reduce the symptoms of a common cold
  • Vitamin D – optimising this can reduce our risk of infection
  • Probiotics- to support gut resilience and promote good bacteria.

You can also ensure you are getting a good night’s sleep, relaxing, reduce your sugar intake and alcohol consumption as these all can contribute negatively on your immune system.

Further advice and information can be found at:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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