By Heidi du Preez
The coronavirus (SARS-coV-2) causing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) is real, and we should not stand ignorant against the fact that it is fast spreading. However, that should not drive us into panic mode either. There are a couple of simple steps we can take to prevent being infected, and if infected, to not become acutely ill.
How does this viral infection differ from other viral infections?
The main symptom is fever and a dry cough, unlike the dripping nose and phlegm cough of the normal cold virus. Other symptoms that may present, are fatigue, sputum production, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, myalgia or arthralgia and chills. Only a small percentage of patients present with nausea or vomiting, nasal congestion, diarrhea, hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and conjunctival congestion.
Most people infected with SARS-coV-2 will develop mild respiratory symptoms and fever 5 to 6 days after being infected. Around 80% of infected people have mild disease or no symptoms, and completely recover. Individuals at higher risk for severe disease (COVID-19) and death include people aged over 60 years and those with underlying conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, chronic respiratory diseases and cancer. Disease in children appears to be relatively rare. Mortality increases with age, with the highest mortality among people over 80 years of age.
We need to realise that no virus can get a stronghold when the immune system is healthy, not even SARS-coV-2. Our focus should thus be on supporting healthy immune function and it is important to realise that fear and anxiety are the biggest suppressors of the immune system, by increasing cortisol levels and inflammation. However, prevention remains the best cure and here are a few precautionary steps to take to prevent being infected and the spreading of the virus:
- SARS-coV-2 is transmitted via droplets and fomites during close, unprotected contact between an infector and infectee. Airborne spread has not been reported. Therefore, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water regularly. It is best to also keep water-less hand sanitiser with you all the time.
- Cover nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, face, and mouth.
- Avoid contact when possible with those showing signs or symptoms of fever, respiratory illness or infection. However, be aware that those who are SARS-coV-2 positive, but present with no symptoms, are still contagious during the initial stage of infection.
- Wearing a mask will prevent the spreading of the virus, since it is present in bodily fluids. It is mainly meant for those already infected, to prevent the spreading of the virus when they cough or sneeze. However, wearing a mask will prevent you from touching your face and mouth and prevent spreading through your hands. Touching a surface where a droplet containing SARS-coV-2 fell, can also spread the virus. Most masks will become saturated with water vapour after an hour, making them ineffective.
Once being diagnosed as positive for SARS-coV-2, the patient and all relatives, colleagues and friends that were in close contact with the patient the past two weeks, need to go into quarantine for at least two weeks to prevent further spreading of the virus.
Supporting immune function as a precautionary measure to minimise disease symptoms when infected:
Please note that none of these recommendations in itself will prevent anyone from contracting SARS-coV-2, but having a robust immune and defense system will lessen the severity of the infection and disease.
- Make sure you stay properly hydrated – 300 ml of water per 10 kg body weight daily
- Sleep and rest – make sure to sleep 7 to 8 hours per night and follow the 10 Health Commandments for optimal health
- Follow the 10 Dietary Guidelines and best to limit dairy products, avoid sugar and increase intake of fresh vegetables. Make sure that protein intake is adequate.
Recommended supplements to consider for healthy immune function*:
- High dosages of buffered or liposomal Vitamin C - 1000mg to 3000mg daily for adults.
- MSM combo or optiMSM as sulfur-donor supplement
- Selenium (50-100mcg) and zinc (30 - 50mg) daily. Selenozinc with copper is a good option – take 1 capsule daily
- Vitamin A - 5 000 IU daily
- Vitamin D3 & K – 5000 IU daily
- Iodine – Lugol’s iodine - 2 to 4 drops daily
- Probiotics – take daily when exposed to viruses
- Colostrum – take 2 to 3 capsules daily in divided dosages
- MZN – take 1 tsp twice daily mixed in a glass of water – it has many proven antiviral properties
*Note that these recommended dosages are for adults
Treatment options for when infected with SARS-coV-2 to lessen the severity of the viral symptoms and/or shortening the length of infection:
- Buffered or liposomal vitamin C – 1000mg hourly up to bowel tolerance level or IV vitamin C drips (important to also support with a sulfur-donor supplement when taking high dosages of vitamin C).
- Selenium 200mcg daily
- Zinc 50mg three times daily for 4 days, then down to above mentioned maintenance dosage
- MSM combo - take 1 heaped tsp twice daily - as sulfur-donor supplement. Alternatively take NAC (1200mg daily) or optiMSM (3g daily) - then add molybdenum 100mcg twice daily
- Vitamin A 100 000 IU daily for 4 days, then down to maintenance dosage of 5 000 IU
- Vitamin D3 50 000 IU daily for 4 days, then down to maintenance dosage of 5 000 IU
- L-Lysine 1-2 g per day for a week
- Ozonide herbal - take 6 drops three times daily for 2 weeks, or until the symptoms cleared.
- 35% hydrogen peroxide - take 5 drops in a glass of water up to 5 times daily. Also good to use 1x drop in a nebuliser.
*Note that these recommended dosages are for adults
Please contact your primary care provider if you are experiencing the main three symptoms of COVID-19: fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Don’t flood and overwhelm the hospitals or health-care practices, since they’ll need to pay all their attention and resources to the frail and weak, who are more susceptible to become acutely ill.
With the first cases of COVID-19 being diagnosed in South Africa, the reality is at our doorstep. However, we should not fear the virus, but the way people will react to it. Our own behaviours and “fight for yourself above all else” attitude could prove disastrous. We should temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. What are the lessons to learn? This is an opportunity to learn about healthy hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases. Let us meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion and consideration for each other, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophising. If your body, mind and spirit are aligned and built on a solid foundation of a strong immune system, you will be blessed with health and the ability to fight off viral infections.
Author: Heidi du Preez, Pr.Sci.Nat., M.Sc.
Heidi du Preez is a registered Professional Natural Scientist. She holds a master degree in Science and specialises in Precision Medicine and Nutritional Biochemistry. Heidi is co-founder of myHealing and practices in Cape Town, South Africa and online: www.myhealingprotocol.com