Do you need to prevent coronavirus? While there are hundreds of coronaviruses out there, there are only seven coronaviruses (including the common cold) that can infect you and your loved ones.
And if you’re reading this article, there’s likely one very specific version that you’re worried about: The new coronavirus originating in China and currently sweeping the globe as an international pandemic.
In our previous article, Coronavirus 101: What is the Coronavirus and How Worried Should You Be?, we shared info on how the virus spreads, how to know if you have the coronavirus, and vital statistics regarding how many people have fallen ill or died from the pandemic.
Today, let’s dive into specific ways to prevent coronavirus and keep you, your family and your friends healthy and safe with a stronger immune system.
How to Prevent Coronavirus
1. Avoid ill people
Whether it’s in the office or on the subway, be aware of the symptoms of coronavirus and avoid anyone who is sick. Common symptoms of the new coronavirus include coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing and a fever.
If you’re exposed to anyone with these symptoms, watch for those same coronavirus symptoms in yourself. The virus may manifest within 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Should you fall ill despite your best preventative measures, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend notifying your healthcare professional and staying home to avoid spreading the illness further.
2. Wear a N95 face respirator
People often wear face masks in public to guard against various types of pandemics and disease outbreaks, including the common flu. It’s no wonder that, shortly after the coronavirus began to spread, the world experienced a global shortage in masks.
However, most of the face masks you may find in the store aren’t able to block the small droplets that transmit the coronavirus.
For the best results, U.S. FDA recommends wearing a face respirator with a “N95” designation. This means that 95 percent of microscopic particles are effectively blocked.
3. Practice good sanitation
The coronavirus is likely spread through droplets released when a sick person sneezes, coughs or simply breathes. You become infected when you inhale these droplets, or if your fingers touch a contaminated surface and you touch your eyes, nose or mouth afterward.
Washing your hands often may reduce your risks of respiratory infections by up to 20%, reports the U.S. CDC. Alas, most people don’t wash their hands in a way that actually minimizes infection exposures.
For the best results, the CDC suggests using soap and warm water, scrubbing for 20 seconds or more, and paying special attention to the back of your hands and underneath your fingernails.
Likewise, sanitize hard surfaces often that may have been contaminated by a sick person’s respiratory droplets.
4. Take an immune booster and eat to prevent coronavirus
Should all the above fail, your immune system stands as your last defense against the coronavirus. And there are many things you can do to strengthen your immune system and ensure your built-in defenses do not falter.
Most people already know about standard nutritional supplements, such as vitamin C and zinc, that help to boost immunity. But those are by far not your only options:
- Eat lots of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish like salmon. These healthy fats help modulate your immune system.
- Ensure you get enough vitamin A. The mucus membrane in your eyes, nose and throat are critical for blocking respiratory infections like coronavirus, and vitamin A helps to specifically maintain these mucus cells.
- Boost your vitamin D. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) directly kill pathogens, and vitamin D helps regulate two major forms of these AMPs in your body.
Finally, don’t forget your thymus gland. According to a 2019 study published in the Thoracic Surgery Clinics journal, your thymus is essential for producing T cells. These cells play a central role in your immune system response, identifying and killing off viruses and defending your health.
Unfortunately, as you age, your thymus produces less and less thymic proteins, which are the proteins your body uses to “train” your T cells to identify and destroy the coronavirus and other pathogens.
There’s no known way to stimulate your thymus to produce more thymic proteins. However, you may want to consider taking a thymic protein supplement. BioPro-Plus 500 is the only product on the market offering five complete bio-identical thymic proteins.
Bio-identical means these thymic proteins are identical to what your thymus gland would produce on its own, thus helping to bolster the efficacy of your immune system’s “killer cells.”
When taken in conjunction with the aforementioned coronavirus preventative measures, BioPro-Plus can work synergistically to protect your immune system and help your body withstand anything that nature throws at it.