BAD NEWS– We are not out of this yet. This virus is still spreading, and to complicate things, we are in the “Flu and Para-Influenza (HPIVs) season. These viruses all cause respiratory illnesses. Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, and cough. There is no specific antiviral treatment for HPIV illness nor specific approach for Corona virus yet. Most people with HPIV  illness will recover on their own as well as the Corona virus (85%), but this new Corona COVID-19 as well as the more well-known “flu’s and para-flu’s” can lead to more severe situations , such as pneumonia, kidney failure, and death (cdc.gov/).

The Missouri Influenza Report for 2019-2020 (as of 3/21/20): season-to-date total of laboratory-positive influenza cases is 107,923 and season-to-date total deaths at 1,261. Corona virus (COVID-19): as of 4/05/20 there are 2,291 confirmed cases and 24 deaths (cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm)

GOOD NEWS– At this point, in Missouri, COVID-19 is not much more lethal (1%) than the above referenced Flu/Para Flu viruses. We are in better shape than the National statics -Confirmed Cases-311,536   Total Deaths 8,499 (2.7%). In state of New York the fatalities are almost half that of the national number at 3,568.  Realize this can change overnight as more cases are identified and invariably more persons will pass on. We must remain vigilant with common sense protocols (cleanliness, physical [social] distancing, staying home if we are symptomatic, covering our mouths when coughing/sneezing, etc.) we use for all germs, bacteria, and viruses. Our scientists and medical communities are working night and day on our behalf with many “Pharmaceutical” approaches.

There have been references to non-pharmaceutical approaches that nourish our immune system, they are called “Nutraceuticals” (www.vitaenaturals.com/).  Vit. C, Vit. D, Quercetin, Zinc, Selenium are just a few that you hear thrown about. As stated in my previous blog “AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE”!  A good Pre-Biotic & Pro-Biotic for our gut is helpful. The gut is part of our immune system. Garlic, Star anise (a flower-shaped spice containing shikimic acid, a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of Tamiflu), Ginger, Resveratrol (a type of natural phenol found in Peanuts, Pistachios, Red Grapes, Blueberries, Cranberries, Strawberries), Vitamin-C rich foods (Gooseberry {Amla}, Red & Yellow Sweet Peppers, Oranges, Kiwi, Clementine’s, Ruby Red Grapefruit), Vitamin D3, minerals like Zinc and Selenium (found in Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Unsalted Cashew Nuts, Unsalted Pistachios, Shiitake Mushrooms, Chicken, Most Vegetables, Lentils, Avocados, Blackberries, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Guavas, Cantaloupes, Apricots, Peaches, Kiwifruit, & Blueberries)

The federal government’s 2015-2020 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 8th edition” notes that “Nutritional needs should be met primarily from foods. … Foods are nutrient-dense and contain essential vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber and other naturally occurring substances that have positive health effects.”

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