Aside from toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, there’s another hot commodity in town these days due to the coronavirus pandemic - elderberry.
It’s been quite a week. And, of course, the main topic of discussion has been the novel coronavirus. This topic will undoubtedly be top of mind for at least the next month.People are scared, confused and overwhelmed with the wealth of information coming from the news and social media. If you need a break, take one.
Roughly one to three million serious infections occur every year in nursing home facilities. These infections include pneumonia and respiratory tract infections. According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a simple solution to reducing the rates of infection may be administering zinc supplementation to the elderly in nursing homes who need it.
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.
It is the flu season and to complicate matters, we have a new virus to contend with - the coronavirus! Many people are now more aware than ever about the importance of their immune systems because it plays such a very important role in protecting us from viruses.
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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