The above illustration reveals the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses (Courtesy of CDC.gov)

Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a newly emerging virus which was first diagnosed in Wuhan, China. There were 63 confirmed cases in the U.S. as of February 29, 2020. However, 42 of these were former passengers of Diamond Cruise Ship docked in Japan, and the others are a combination of travelers returning from China or patients repatriated to U.S. from China. Four new cases have been reported in the U.S with 1 reported death in Washington state.

The virus is transmitted by contact with infected individuals especially their saliva, mucus, serum, blood, or other respiratory droplets (as with a cough). The incubation period or time between first exposure and developing symptoms, is 2-10 days. The most common signs and symptoms are fever, cough, muscle aches, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Less common presentations are headaches, blood in coughed up mucus, diarrhea, and nausea.

Currently the CDC, suggests if you may have exposure or develop symptoms to do the following:

  • Stay home from school or work.

  • Avoid public or ride share transport.

  • Stay in a separate bedroom from others, if possible.

  • Cover your cough.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap.

  • Clean areas you touch with alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

  • Wear a mask if you are going to see your medical provider and/or have symptoms of coughing.

  • Let clinic know ahead of time you may have COVID-19.

The most susceptible populations for complications of COVID-19 are elderly over age 65, young children, pregnant women, and those that may have another illness that compromises their immune system.

What is the functional medicine approach to Coronavirus prevention and boosting your immunity?

Many of these things you already know, but they are tried and true and are as follows:

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Eat lots of green, cruciferous vegetables and fruits.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Drink alcohol in moderation.

  • Sleep, sleep, sleep!

  • Keep stress in check.

  • Maintain healthy weight.

  • Get the flu shot if you haven’t already since flu activity in our area is still quite high.

Additionally, there are several supplements that are touted to help boost the immune system and may have some benefits. Here are a couple you can look at: Innate Immune Support and Daily Immune 120s.

If you have concerns or questions, please reach out by emailing me at carlos@companionhealthnc.com or calling our office (704)360-5018