The Coronavirus Threatens the U.S. — How Can You Prepare?
Chances are you’ve heard about the deadly virus that’s sweeping across China and making its way around the world.
So far, there have been over 90,000 coronavirus cases and more than 3,000 deaths.
Researchers believe the virus started in Wuhan, China in December after contact with an infected animal.
It has already spread to 77 different countries — and counting!
The question is this:
Is the coronavirus a real threat?
And if so... how can you keep your family safe?
The truth is the coronavirus may be a far more significant threat than initially thought.
Scientists and health officials are scrambling to contain the virus… And despite their best efforts, it continues to spread.
Some believe it could affect hundreds of millions of people within a few months.
One reason being, the virus can potentially live for days on surfaces like handrails, tables, seats, and doorknobs.
Someone with a coronavirus infection could even start spreading the virus before they show signs of infection.
With the number of international flights that come in and out of the U.S., the coronavirus is a massive threat to life as we know it.
The World Health Organization has even declared this problem a public health emergency of international concern.
Many even warn against going to places they believe could be potential hotspots for this virus.
But the truth is no one knows the definite cure or answer to this coronavirus craze.
So until this virus is contained, what are the best ways to avoid infection?
We’ve got three simple tips you can put into practice today.
1. Wash your hands — a lot! This doesn’t mean a little rinse. The only way to get this virus off of your hands is to lather them in soap for at least 20 seconds and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Dry them well on a clean towel or air dryer.
Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, director of global health for Northwell Health and the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York, explains:
The best protection is handwashing and being mindful of contact with a person’s face...
The most common way viruses like these are spread is from droplets, or little particles of viruses, that land on a surface that another person touches and then spreads, usually by touching their face or eating.
Especially while in public, you should also avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose.
Also, never eat until you’ve washed your hands. Keep in mind that although hand sanitizers can help, they do not eliminate all microbes and they are not an alternative to handwashing.
2. Avoid large crowds. While you may not be able to stay home and avoid the outside world day after day, you can limit your potential exposure to coronavirus by staying away from large crowds. This includes airports, malls, concerts, and sports events.
It may be inconvenient, but it’s not worth taking a risk until this virus is under control. If you absolutely must spend time in a crowded area, make sure you wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently, and avoid anyone who looks sick.
3. Strengthen your immune system. If all else fails, you want to have a healthy immune system to back you up. The best thing you can do to strengthen your immune system is to get plenty of sleep, exercise, and keep your stress levels under control.
Next, you can use vitamins and herbs to help support your immune system. This includes:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
If you can put these three things into practice, you will significantly reduce your risk of catching and spreading the coronavirus.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ