Coronavirus

Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

The majority of the articles that you see today are related to the coronavirus.  Some believe the media is blowing everything out of proportion as a coronaviruses are not a new discovery.

I am not writing this post as a CBD company; i'm writing this as a healthcare provider. If one person can have a better outcome from this virus, then I will have achieved my goal.

What is a CoronaVirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to much more severe illnesses likes MERS and SARS.  Both of these were in the coronavirus family.  Today what we're seeing is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn't been seen in humans before.  You'll see the word novel attached to this, which simply means that it's new.  A caveat of this is that you do not have immunity to this.

What are the symptoms.

Its a respiratory virus, so it's going to have respiratory symptoms.  Expect to see respiratory symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing (you will see shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and dyspnea used interchangeably), fevers and chills.  Severe cases can cause pneumonias, acute respiratory distress syndrome, organ failure, and death.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is when those tiny little sacs in the lungs fill up with fluid and prevent you from getting enough air in your lung, and subsequently into your bloodstream.  This can happen within hours or days.  The Mayo Clinic specifically says "many people that develop ARDS don't survive. The risk of death increases with age, severity of disease" and if there are underlying diseases.

How do you protect yourself

There are some tips that can help you avoid the virus.  The suggestions from health organizations are really things we should be doing regardless.

1. WASH YOUR HANDS.  soap and water or alcohol based hand cleaner.

2. Stay away from people who have respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, etc).  The World Health Organization recommends at least 3 feet.  More is better.

3.Don't touch your face. Viruses stay on surfaces for a long time and if you touch said surface then your face......  You see where this is going. 

4. Cover your mouth.

How do I clean?

The CDC recommends for disinfection using diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.  Click this link for the entire topic on cleaning from the CDC .

What else?

Beware of any company making claims that they have a natural product that will protect you from the disease.  CBD won't stop you from getting COVID-19, Essential Oils will not stop you from getting COVID-19.  No other product will stop you from getting this virus.  Anyone who tells you otherwise only wants your money.

Conclusion

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.  Do your part in protecting yourself, your family, and those around you.  Follow the instructions of your healthcare providers.  They are literally on the front lines during this outbreak and are putting themselves in danger to help you.