Drinking alcohol excessively can wreak havoc on the immune system. The truth is that pandemic or no pandemic, we should always be proactive about keeping our immune systems in top shape.
Despite the fact that there are numerous studies which support the theory that nutrients are important weapons in the fight against COVID-19, I have yet to see a single press conference by the experts mention this critical fact. As healthcare consumers, we need to identify credible sources ourselves about how to remain safe as we attempt to return to normalcy.
Many of us are now aware that metabolic syndrome puts us at greater risk of developing complications from COVID-19. But many people still don’t really understand what metabolic syndrome is.
A recent study that examined COVID-19 cases and mortality rates across 20 European countries found significant evidence which suggests that areas with low average levels of vitamin D not only have more coronavirus cases but also higher rates of death due to the virus.
As we get older, our immune system – which is responsible for fighting off viruses like the coronavirus – does not usually respond as quickly or as forcefully to pathogens as it used to when we were younger. This is one of those inescapable facts of aging, much like getting wrinkles or going gray.
We cannot control our age or genetic predispositions to certain health issues, but we can certainly make an effort to control our weight and maintain a strong immune system. This goes far beyond the number on the scale. It includes doing our part to stay active and eat healthily. It involves being proactive about our health and well being and consulting our doctors when necessary.
Air pollution may exacerbate respiratory disease (including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)). And then having these conditions makes a person more vulnerable when it comes to fighting lung infections such as pneumonia (a potentially dangerous complication of COVID-19).
Although a glass of wine with dinner or the occasional cocktail is not necessarily bad for most people, if you are someone who drinks heavily and regularly might I strongly suggest you consider changing this habit.
One of the most difficult and painful aspects of the current SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus or COVID-19) pandemic is having to accept that individually as well as a society, we could have done so much more to reduce the impact of this virus. Admittedly, our lifestyles have contributed to the underlying health conditions that greatly increase the risk of developing complications or even dying from this virus.
To put into perspective what a key nutrient vitamin C is, in New York, one of the epicenters of the coronavirus in the United States, in some hospitals “seriously sick” coronavirus patients are being given “massive doses of vitamin C,” according to one report. A doctor mentioned in the report says that COVID-19 patients in intensive care get 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C.This dose is 16 times higher than the National Institute of Health’s daily recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C. “The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” said the doctor.
Every day, there seems to be new developments and a wealth of new information about the novel coronavirus. You may have heard that in some cases, antimalarial drugs are being used to treat COVID-19 patients. A 52-year-old man in Florida named Rio Giardinieri said that one of these drugs, called hydroxychloroquine, saved his life.
I think that one of the scariest things about the novel coronavirus is the virus’s ability to remain alive on several types of surfaces. For example, “A new analysis found that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 72 hours,” according to one source.
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