Coronavirus, 2019 nCOV : A Peer Review of what's being discussed.
We are not sterile beings but even throughout our most recent history we have seen outbreaks of various viruses: Swine Flu, Avian Flu, Ebola Virus, and now the Coronavirus. Note that the common cold comes from the coronavirus family. So, while this virus is something to be aware of, its not something to be panicking over just yet or if at all. In this article, I have done my best to summarize key points that have been in discussion throughout the Naturopathic, Homeopathic, and Integrative Community. There are links and resources at the end of this article should you like to investigate any of the points further.
The History and Life cycle of 2019 -nCOV as of 1/30/2020:
It's a single stranded RNA virus that started in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
There is speculation that the virus is coming from snakes by way of bats and perhaps other unknown animals. This however has NOT been confirmed by the CDC.
How infectious/contagious is the virus? Currently, for every person infected, they can potentially infect 2-5 people. A typical flu virus is usually between 1.5 - 3 people. So the 2019 nCOV is currently slightly more contagious.
If you've traveled internationally, particularly China, and/or you've been around someone who has, it is being recommended by the CDC to self quarantine for 14 days.
This is a viral respiratory infection. At the first signs of feeling unwell from a respiratory infection, it's always a good idea to stay home and take care of YOU. Regardless of what virus.
Public Health representatives are advising typical self care and hygiene practices. Washing your hands, sneezing and cough into your elbow (although I argue to do this inside your clothes or into a handkerchief), and staying home if sick.
The Perspective of a Naturopathic Doctor:
1. PREVENTION is key.
This is always the case but in moments of known epidemics, it is imperative that you take care of yourself using all the immune supportive therapies you have and that you know to have worked for you in the past. This may be a combination of the following: eating clean, getting a good night's sleep, setting boundaries where necessary, keeping your surroundings as clean as possible, taking herbal/homeopthic remedies, using essential oils, etc.