It seems to be talked about on the news every day.
Masks are selling out and people are being quarantined; the numbers are on the rise and it feels like it’s getting closer and closer to home.
Should you be worried about the coronavirus?
CNMA clients are beginning to ask Dr. Graves about this virus in which new perspective may be had based on his responses. Following, he answers prevalent questions in our community.
Should I be scared of the coronavirus if I live in Castle Rock, CO or the surrounding areas?
Dr. Graves: Generally no, but let’s break down that question a bit. Scared and not taking action is a time waster. Stressing about the virus is setting the self up to stress the immune system which can be detrimental for fighting the virus if you do become infected.
Second, let’s put the virus in perspective as of what we know now (although, this may change).
Comparing it to the flu, the number of coronavirus cases are much less.
There is an estimated 19 million people who have been infected with the flu this year with over 10,000 deaths – and that’s just in the US. Although the numbers for the coronavirus are on the rise, it’s still relatively low in comparison (around 20,000 infected and 400 deaths as of the first week of February 2020).
It’s true that we still don’t know a lot about the coronavirus, but it’s important to keep it in context even when it’s seemingly talked about consistently in the media.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
Dr. Graves: Currently, symptoms are said to be fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Do you think it could spread locally to our community?
Dr. Graves: It can. Unless all travel is shut down, especially internationally, it could very well show up in Colorado.
What can I do about it?
Dr. Graves: This is a great question. For many, this can be a good wake-up call for people to get healthy!
The best thing to do right now is to get back to basics of creating a healthy immune system.
This means such things as:
– getting 7-8 hours of quality, restful sleep each night (if you are not, see Dr. Graves for acupuncture and/or supplements)
– managing stress appropriately
– movement and/or exercise such as walking or yoga
– washing your hands frequently
– eating a well-balanced, whole food diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
in addition to building up immunity through supplements such as:
– 2-5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily
– 20-50 billion probiotics daily
– Chronic Immune™ by Mountain Peak Nutritionals to take preventively every day
– multi-vitamin such as Ultra Preventative®X by Douglas Laboratories or Optimal Vitamin by Seeking Health®
– Acute Immune™ by Mountain Peak Nutritionals at the onset of any symptoms or when being around others who are sick
Starting now is key to fighting viruses in the future.
Should I cancel any upcoming travel?
Dr. Graves: Not necessarily.
At this time, it’s still okay to take into consideration the odds of contracting the coronavirus versus contracting the flu when traveling. This could change so keep an eye on where it is spreading and where you are traveling to, but rather than be scared, just be prepared.
If you want to strengthen your immune system for the threat of the coronavirus or other illnesses, please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a 15 minute free phone consultation with Dr. Graves to talk about options to build your immunity.