COVID-19: Boost Your Immune System During the Corona Virus Outbreak
by Joanne Troppello
As of Thursday, March 12, 2020, 3 pm (at the time I wrote this article), the CDC has reported that there are currently 1,401 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US, 40 fatal cases, and 15 recovered. There are 133,039 global confirmed cases, 4,947 fatal global cases, and 68,891 recovered.
You can visit the CDC website to find helpful information on “keeping workplaces, homes, schools, and commercial establishments safe,” the “CDC framework for mitigation,” and “mitigation strategies for COVID-19 cluster areas in Santa Clara, CA, Seattle, WA, and New Rochelle, NY.
According to the CDC, it has been estimated that approximately “575,000 people may have died from H1N1 in 2009.” An average of 500,000 people die each year from contracting the seasonal flu. In 1918, the flu pandemic was responsible for killing approximately 50 million people globally.
President Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office Wednesday, 3/11/2020 at 9 pm EST. The following video from ABC News shows his address.
I thought President Trump’s Oval Office address was calming and unifying for the nation, despite reports from the liberal media, specifically CNN that said his address “sowed division” and did nothing to calm the nation.
I think it was smart that President Trump already closed travel from China to the US first and in his Oval Office address, he closed travel from Europe to the US, except for the UK.
Sure, there could have been more clarity on specifics like why the UK was not included in this travel ban, when they have been experiencing an increase in cases. However, as Greg Gutfeld said on The Five today on Fox News, “Trump’s words could be better, but they’re effective.” I agree wholeheartedly with Gutfeld’s statement
During President Obama’s Administration, a National Emergency was not declared until after six weeks during the H1N1 virus. President Trump and his Administration have acted very well during this Corona Virus outbreak, contrary to what the liberal media has said.
Basic Steps to Boost Your Immune System and Stay Healthy
There are so many voices in the world today sharing their hysteria about the COVID-19 (Corona Virus). It’s difficult to stay at peace with all this turmoil going on. However, I am doing the following things to stay sane and healthy during this time.
Keep calm and pray
Consistently wash hands
Cough/sneeze into your arm
Not shaking hands anymore
Limiting contact in public places
Using hand sanitizer
Not listening to political pundits on the news
Watch daily White House COVID-19 briefings
As a Christian, I trust God to be my guide and protection through this time. However, I know that I need to use common sense as well. Consider the following ways to boost your immune system since experts from the CDC have said that COVID-19 can be fatal for people with compromised immune systems and health issues, as well as those over the age of 60.
Follow the important steps you, your family, and workplace should take as detailed by the CDC. They provide comprehensive steps on how to get your household ready for this outbreak, information on protecting K-12 schools and childcare programs, tips for colleges and universities, in the workplace, community and faith-based organizations, large community events and mass gatherings, health care settings, first responders, and in homeless shelters.
1. Get More Sleep and Reduce Stress
Your body is continually under attack each day from a variety of factors. For one thing, stress is high on the list of something that can attack your immune system. Stress can lead to sleep deprivation, which wears down your body’s natural defenses and you are more susceptible to getting sick.
2. Take Natural Supplements
You likely don’t get all the valuable nutrients from your diet, which you need each day. If you aren’t supplementing your diet with valuable supplements, then that is also another factor which can negatively affect your immune system.
Taking synthetic vitamins can do more harm than good to your body and aren’t worth the money you pay for them. If you opt for vitamins which claim to be natural, but aren’t completely natural, then that doesn’t do your body any good either.
The way to be completely good to your body is to take supplements which are organic and made with whole foods so that your body is partaking of live enzymes and not chemicals or synthetic fillers.
Take natural supplements like vitamins C, B, and D, which boost the immune system.
3. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Adding more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet can boost your immune system health. Add citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tangerines, clementines, and limes. These citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C which can increase your body’s production of white blood cells which is effective in improving immune health and defending against infections.
If you like eating red bell peppers, you’ll be happy to know that they are rich in vitamin C and beta carotene. You’ll be able to enhance immune health while also improving the health of your skin and eyes.
Broccoli is one of those vegetables that are supercharged with vitamins like C, A, and E. However, it’s important to note that they retain more of their vitamins and minerals when they are raw. Although, if you want to cook them, don’t cook them totally through.
Garlic is effective in fighting off infections and lowering your blood pressure because it is known to decrease the hardening of your arteries. Garlic can boost your immune system because it is rich in allicin, which is a compound containing sulfur.
4. Avoid Pollution
Another factor which wears down your immune system is pollution. If your immune system is weak from stress, sleep deprivation, and lack of proper nutrition in your diet, your body is more vulnerable to environmental challenges which can negatively impact your health.
According to Dr. Jane Sadler, the average adult gets sick with a cold or flu about three times per year—averaging about nine days of sickness. Just imagine how many sick days off from work that you’ll have to take if you get colds or the flu several times a year—or succumb to the Corona Virus.
If you can’t take off from work while you’re sick, that’s a recipe for disaster as the germs will spread to others, leading to more sickness. As the CDC mentioned, please stay home if you are sick. President Trump and his Administration are trying to work with the Congress to implement helps to the economy like the Payroll Tax Relief.
Taking Precautions Can Decrease Chances of Getting Sick
It always pays off in the long run to take preventive measures toward keeping sickness at bay. You won’t beat the cold and flu season all the time, but if you take preventive measures and follow simple steps to boost your immune system, you can be headed in the right direction to avoid the flu and serious viruses like COVID-19.
Most of the time, your body starts to give signs when sickness is beginning to take over. You know, those sniffles and scratchy throats and watery eyes and chills. There are things you can do to prevent and fight off colds, especially before they really even get started.
When you feel these symptoms start to come on, drink some water or juice. According to Dr. William Schaffner, “Staying hydrated cuts down on symptoms like a sore throat and stuffy nose.”
Another home remedy to fend off sore throats is to gargle with salt water and garlic powder. According to Dr. Philip Hagen, “The salt draws out the excess water in your throat’s tissues, reducing the inflammation, and clears mucous and irritants from the back of the throat.” As mentioned previously, garlic is effective in boosting immune health and decreasing inflammation.
Another plus is that the salt rinse “flushes out bacteria and viruses, which may help whether you’re getting a cold or want to prevent one in the first place.” Using a saline nasal spray after the first symptoms appear also helps in order to reduce the impact of the cold.
The neti pot works well to keep nasal passages clean, whether you’re impacted with allergies or the common cold. You need to remember that the best medicine for your immune system is prevention. I take natural supplements and do the neti pot each day, as well as drink alfalfa and peppermint tea with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, which helps boost immune health.
Are you worried about the Corona Virus? What steps are you taking, if any, to boost your immune system health?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.