How do stay positive and healthy during COVID-19? I’ll give you one hint, it’s not buying more toilet paper.
But in all seriousness,
It comes down to four things:
To protect yourself against COVID-19, you need to understand what it is, how to avoid it, and ways to fight it. And understanding what it is can help you take proactive measures and help reduce anxiety and fear.
We know COVID-19 is a virus. We know it primarily spreads through respiratory droplets when someone sneezes or coughs and can travel within 6 ft. We know we can possibly pick it up by touching a surface with the virus and then touching our mouth, nose, or eyes. We know the majority of people will get mild, cold like symptoms. We know in at-risk populations (elderly, high blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems) it can have dangerous effects on our lungs causing severe acute respiratory syndrome and pneumonia.
When you think of our lungs like a tree, the virus becomes problematic if it is able to travel to the very tips of the branches. This means the virus was able to get past all your immune defenses and get deep into the lungs, all the way to the end of our lung branches (where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged). When it gets into these small little branches of our lungs, our body will produce a bunch of inflammation molecules in hopes of killing the virus, but what happens is these very small branches get overwhelmed with inflammatory material and water, that it starts to have trouble getting oxygen to the body and eliminating carbon dioxide from the body, which is why people have trouble breathing. It would be like sending too many ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles to an emergency site, then everyone getting gridlocked and not being able to help because there is too much congestion. Your body has good intentions but it’s too much chaos.
While this can sound scary, knowing this can be incredibly empowering allowing us to be proactive with our health, instead of reactive.
Here is what we can do.
This is incredibly important during this time when many people are feeling anxious and fearful. We have seen time and time again that a negative state of mind makes us more susceptible to illness and a positive state of mind can ward off sickness.
It’s not surprising that this research paper, Optimism and Cause-Specific Mortality: A Prospective Cohort Study (2016), found and stated this:
“We found strong and statistically significant associations of increasing levels of optimism with decreasing risks of mortality, including mortality due each major cause of death, such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection.”
Moral of the story, stay optimistic as that is one more tool in your toolkit to ward off respiratory and lung disease!
While social distancing helps prevent the spread of the virus, it can also cause loneliness. This is a whole other can of worms as loneliness causes stress on the body which can create unbalance in our immune system. Social isolation has been linked to inflammatory cytokines and immune system modulators such as increased NF-kB, increased CRP, increased IL-6, increased monocytes, decreased interferon, and decreased antibody production (IgG). This increase in inflammation can lead to being more susceptible to lung congestion. So having these balanced is key to successfully fighting off a virus. And because complications with COVID-19 are known to arise when inflammation gets out of control in the lungs, we want to make sure we are healthfully handling our inflammation, and one simple way is to make sure we stay connected during this time of social distancing. It could be as easy as giving a friend a call, coffee dates on facetime, connecting with those you are living with (family dinners, game nights, movie nights), just take a peak below to all the amazing ways people are finding ways to connect.
Aren’t humans amazing!!!
Being socially distant doesn't mean being socially separated. Also, you can even feel connected with everyone coming together in a joint effort to protect our at-risk populations. When it comes down to it, humans are social beings so when we are alone we tend to feel unsafe, the key is knowing you are safe when practicing social distancing.
We recommend Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc as a good immune defense shield. Vitamin C is incredibly antiviral and can be good to prevent viral replication if you are exposed. Vitamin D makes our immune system smart and can both up-regulate and down-regulate our immune system depending on the situation. Zinc also has antiviral effects especially in protecting the nasal passageways from invading microbes.
If you have symptoms - stay home and quarantine for 2 weeks
Stay informed, stay home, enjoy nature, practice good hygiene, take care of yourself and your family, and look out for your neighbors. Working together, looking out for and protecting each other, we will get through this.
Stay tuned as we will be talking more about the COVID-19 outbreak and ways to regulate your immune system
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