The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which originated in Wuhan, China, had been all over the news lately and has been leading to widespread concern and panic. The main reason for the concern is the high death rate and the lack of a vaccine to prevent spread of the infection. Over 17 000 confirmed cases have been reported with 362 deaths. All but one of the deaths have been in China, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
The coronavirus is a common virus that sets up infection in your nose, sinus or upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous and often cause a mild infection that is easily overcome. Some coronaviruses can be serious though. In 2003, 774 people died from a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak; and in 2012, 858 people died from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which first appeared in Saudi Arabia.
Coronaviruses were first identified in 1960 and are called such because of their crown like shape. They can sometimes infect both animals and humans. They are spread through sneezing, coughing, touching the hands or face of an infected person or by touching things that an infected person may have touched.
Symptoms of the coronavirus infection are very similar to that of the common cold: runny nose, sneezing, coughing and sore throat. A fever may also be present. If the coronavirus spreads to the lungs, it causes pneumonia. This often happens in the elderly, people with heart conditions and people with weakened immune systems.
The novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus and humans have not been exposed to this particular strain and we have yet to develop a resistance to this particular strain. This is the reason for the rapid spread and high death rate caused by this particular coronavirus.
All viruses change their form in some small way in order to survive. Our bodies are able to effectively deal with them if the changes are small. But when big changes are made by the virus, the immune system is not able to recognise the virus and the infection that ensues is usually a bad one.
Viruses are also quite sneaky, in that they invade the body’s cells and multiply within the cells, making it difficult for the immune system to detect the virus. Once the virus has completed multiplying, they emerge from the cell, destroying it in the process and proceed to invade other healthy cells.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the best way to protect yourself, is to wash hands regularly, keep a safe distance from people who are ill and keep your fingers away from your nose, mouth and eyes.
As yet, there is no vaccine for the prevention of infection from the 2019-nCoV virus. According to WebMD, a vaccine will only be available for testing by April of this year.
Treatment options at present, are the use of HIV medication and Cancer medication for severe cases. Antibiotics are not effective for killing viruses, but they are used for bacterial infections that may develop at the same time.
Homeopathic medicines have been used in the past to effectively treat patients during epidemics. The remedies have also been found to protect people who have been exposed to infected patients.
The 1918-1920 influenza pandemic had the worst death rate. Of all the people that contracted the flu and developed pneumonia, 30% died. But the homeopaths of that time had wonderful success rates and reported death rates of between 0.4% to 1.02%.
Homeopaths in Hong Kong have already identified homeopathic remedies for treating the novel coronavirus. The same remedies can be given to people who have not been infected and they help to protect them from contracting the disease. Homeopaths all over the world are actively engaging and effectively using homeopathy to treat and control the spread of this infection.
While we are waiting for the development of the vaccine, homeopathy along with taking the recommended precautions can keep you healthy. Getting homeopathic help would be beneficial for the elderly and young children who pick up infections easily. Homeopathic medication for protection from flu can be started from March.
Since the novel coronavirus has not been detected in South Africa as yet, homeopathic medicine will only be indicated, when the virus reaches our country.
To ensure that you stay healthy this winter, visit a homeopath to ensure that your immune system is working at its best to prevent colds and flu.