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.
Alarmingly, statistical analysis of the pandemic are now clearly showing that smokers and vapers also run a higher risk of developing serious illness and even dying from the coronavirus. (Exposure to second and third-hand smoke may also increase an infected person’s risk).
I am sure you have noticed the sense of panic if you have been to your local grocery store recently. All the cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers and toilet paper are pretty much gone. I have also noticed that in the stores I have visited during the past couple of days, the fresh produce section was still relatively stocked and pretty much anything processed and packaged was almost gone.
Everyone is fearful about the coronavirus and rightfully so. It is a respiratory disease that can spread from person to person. However, respiratory disease in general has been a threat to global health for quite some time.“Acute respiratory infections are a major cause of global morbidity and mortality,” according to one source.
If you’ve been listening to the news about the coronavirus, you’ve probably heard that people who work in Seattle’s tech mecca had been told to work from home. These reports should not scare you. Instead they should make you more aware of the actions you need to take in order to protect yourself from all viruses, including the coronavirus.
If you have been to any airport recently, I bet you’ve seen many people wearing face masks. I also bet you know the reason behind this now popular airport attire. It is the coronavirus! This virus is quite the talk of the town and maybe has many people scared. I am not scared and you shouldn't be either. Instead, be proactive and educate yourself about how to withstand this virus as well as others.
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