Never before in our lifetimes have we needed to nourish and support our immune systems more than now. We want to assure you that we will continue to do our best to ensure that all your compounded medicines are made up on time and sent out to you promptly.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is of serious concern for all of us therefore we wanted to make sure you are informed with the facts and are not feeling too overwhelmed by all the varied and confusing information out there.
Firstly, it is important to note that for most people COVID-19 will present as only a very mild cold-like infection. Currently, the death rate for people under 40 is 0.2%, for those in their 40’s is 0.4%, 50’s is 1.3%, 60’s is 3.6%, 70’s is 8% and over 80 years it is 14.8%.
“We recommend that you keep your immune systems as strong as possible during this time”
COVID-19 is a family of viruses with an external shape that resembles a crown, hence the name. The common cold is actually one type of the Coronavirus, and SARS and MERS were two other serious epidemics from this same virus family. COVID-19 is another new strain and it began infecting humans in November 2019 in Wuhan, China. At this stage, it is thought that the virus may have jumped from its natural host of bats within an exotic animal market.
COVID-19 only has cell receptors for lung cells and is classed as a respiratory illness. Currently, our main concern is for older people and those with lung, kidney or heart disease or any immune-compromising condition. Current research has suggested that up to 10% of people with COVID-19 may develop a serious acute respiratory syndrome and require hospitalisation. So to help prevent our hospitals from being overloaded, and therefore reducing their ability to manage the seriously ill patents, we all need to do our bit.
As a community, we must work together to help slow down the spread of this disease. COVID-19 is spread via large droplets by coughing or sneezing, so this means that the air will not infect you unless you are coughed or sneezed on directly into your face. However, ALL those surfaces where these droplets have landed are infectious for up to a week. So you must remember to not only wash your hands thoroughly, but you also need to be diligent with disinfecting surfaces, such as door handles, benches, computer keyboards, phones, etc.
We recommend that you keep your immune systems as strong as possible during this time. Below is a list of supplements and life practices that may have a supportive effect on our health, and a list of life practices that may have a negative effect.
Supportive Health Effects
- Supplementation with vitamin C, zinc, vitamin D and fish oil.
- Probiotics – this can be via supplementation as well as via fermented foods, such as yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, miso, tempeh and all fermented vegetables.
- A daily diet rich in colourful fresh vegetables and fruit.
- Staying hydrated.
- Consumption of (grass fed) bone both, and certain herbs (e.g. Echinacea, olive leaf extract, garlic, ginger) may also help.
- Getting adequate sleep.
- Reducing levels of stress, because stress has shown to reduce immune function.
Negative Health Effects
- High intake of sugar and highly refined foods.
- High intake of alcohol.
- High levels of stress.
We will beat this disease! For now we just need to be patient and make strategic and informed choices. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our pharmacists are ready and more than happy to help you and your loved ones.