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COVID-19: Should I be worried?

The COVID-19 virus has taken the world by storm. The media is in a frenzy with over 1.1 billion mentions and climbing. There are reports that this is one of the most deadly viruses we have seen in many years. Others state that it is no worse than a mild flu. I believe the answer lies somewhere in between. The good news is the virus is not showing harmful effects in many children and 80.9% of infections are mild. The bad news, preexisting conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer are more at risk as well as those over 60. Because COVID-19 is a virus there is no cure but you can do some simple things to boost your immunity to help prevent or better fight COVID-19 it comes to a town near you.

1. Drink plenty of water. A good rule of thumb is ~half of you body weight in ounces per day. Ex. 200 lbs./2 = 100 oz of water per day. Water ensures that the bodies daily functions can operate efficiently.

2. Prioritize exercise. It has been shown that moderate-intensity exercise can help boost the immune system.

3. Get plenty of rest. When resting or sleeping our body has the best chance to fight off diseases and illnesses. Ideally adults should get at least 7 hrs of sleep each night.

4. Supplementation and diet. Ensuring that your body has plenty of Immune boosting foods and vitamins such as Vitamins B6, C, D, E, Echinachea, and Elderberry. Other great immune boosting foods include eggs, spinach, almonds, and bell peppers.

5. Avoid close contact. Avoiding close contact with those who are sick or appear to be

(~6 ft.). Wash your hands regularly after interactions with others. Also, avoid touching your nose mouth and eyes to help prevent inoculation.

Although most of these seem to be common sense, its nice to have a reminder on simple actions that you can take to improve your health. If you have any questions or would like to know how we can help please give us a call 479.254.3999.

-Dr. Chip

Science Sources

CDC China

John Hopkins University 3/9/20 report

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