5 Tips for Surviving COVID-19

Until the vaccine cavalry arrives

Surviving

Surviving

Pfizer’s promising COVID-19 vaccine may be available to high-risk health workers and other high risk populations as early as December, according to the Washington Post. Aother 20-million doses of Moderna’s vaccine, with its 94.5 percent effective rate, should also be available soon on an emergency-use basis.

But 20-million doses is far below what is needed for the US alone, much less the world. To put things in perspective, some nine months into the pandemic, the US has performed a mere 120-million COVID-19 tests for a population of some 328-million persons.

Vaccinations for ordinary citizens won’t be available until next spring at the earliest. The nation is in a darkening fall and headed to a potentially dark winter, and so many persons who are here now won’t be later as the death toll mounts and climbs towards 300,000 by the end of the year. But even those who survive COVID-19 face chronic after-effects. COVID-19 from a disease that strikes at many bodily organs and tissues.

Until the vaccination cavalry arrives, we need to survive the coronavirus pandemic. HealthyLivinG reporters have investigated practical, self-empowering methods of COVID-19 prevention that go beyond social distancing, masking, and hand washing. While these don’t replace the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines and they don't receive the headlines in the mainstream press like vaccines and emergency drug treatments do, these peer-reviewed medical studies tells us we can do much to create an immune shield and stay coronavirus-free until the vaccines do arrive.

Anti-Coronavirus First Milk

It just so happens that cows, like humans, must contend with coronaviruses too. To stay healthy, bovine immune systems must develop proteins called an immunoglobulin (Ig), also known as an antibody. There are five types of Igs, each with different immune functions against bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and parasites that are attached to B-lymphocyte immune cells. Immunoglobulins recognize and disable pathogens.

During the course of living in pastures where there are bats and other creatures, cows often encounter coronaviruses that cause respiratory and gastrointestinal disease. In fact, they now have their own form of coronavirus known as bovine coronavirus (BCV). These coronavirus versions are remarkably similar to the one that causes COVID-19, and there is speculation among scientists studying bovine colostrum (BC) that in a process called “cross-reactivity” the bovine Igs could perceive enough of a threat in the new form of the virus to signal the immune system to resist the attacker. Although BCV is not identical to COVID-19, the two share the similar S protein spike and the antibodies passed on from BC have the experience to recognize an enemy.

In all mammals, including dairy cows, immunoglublins are the link that occurs when the mother transfers her passive immunity to the offspring. This is done via the golden milky fluid called colostrum or, in the case of cows, BC. Cattle provide such a “readily available immune-rich colostrum…in large quantities, making those secretions important potential sources of immuneproducts that may benefit humans,” say researchers in the journal Nutrients.

Immune milk is a term used to describe a range of products tested against several human diseases. BC has been shown to reduce flu incidence and severity as well as work effectively in cases of rota virus and respiratory infections. Dr. Jonas Salk developed his polio vaccine from BC. Many other vaccines are made from isolates taken from BC. BC that is humanely harvested, within six hours, has been shown to contain higher levels of immune factors than products taken after this time period. BC is available as a pure powder, capsules, wafers, and in other longevity supplements.

Wash Nose with a Special Soap

We hear public health experts repeatedly tell us to wash our hands, which is important. So is social distancing and masking. But more and more news articles are reporting that public health experts and clinicians recognize the idea of nose washing for prevention and very early treatment. The concept and popularization of "nose washing" comes to us from Dr. Lon Jones,DO of Plainview, Texas. Dr. Jones has pioneered and brought into the mainstream nose washing for kids and adults with his extensive clinical work and conferences using focusing on using xylitol, a healthy sugar, as a nasal spray. He has documented his protective strategy for COVID-19 in his latest book Asthma and Allergy Cure that Works for COVID-19.

Like with any invader, it is always a smart policy to prevent its infiltration and eliminate it at its earliest entry point, Dr. Jones says. The CDC has only given prevention guidelines for the virus outside of the body, but not when it has reached the nasal cavity in numbers where it can still be eliminated, he adds.

Attack in the Nose

However, public health experts are acknowledging that this is a flawed approach and that your nose, where the virus first enters, and accumulates a critical mass of particles, is where you should fight the COVID-19 war. This is where the least damage occurs and is next to prevention. At the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, a team of researchers mapped the COVID-19 infection gradient in a study published in the May 26, 2020 issue of Cell. They found that the COVID-19 virus first infects the nasal cavity and firmly establishes itself there before moving to the respiratory system in later stages.

This study affirms New England Journal of Medicine correspondence that found the SARS-CoV-2 Viral Load in Upper Respiratory Specimens of Infected Patients. In this correspondence, researchers shared their findings about where the highest viral load is in the body with people suffering from COVID-19. After analyzing swabs taken from participants’ throats and noses, researchers found that there was a higher viral load in the nose.

These findings support the idea that initial treatment should take place in the nose, since that is where the virus resides and establishes itself.

As one of the senior co-authors from the UNC study stated, “If the nose is the dominant initial site from which lung infections are seeded…therapeutic strategies that reduce virus in the nose, such as nasal irrigation or antiviral nasal sprays, could be beneficial.”

The medical facts are beginning to come together: with 90% of viral load in the nose, people should treat the illness in its early stages.

Learning to Wash Your Nose is Easy

That means adding a new tool to the public armament. So, how on earth are we to attack the virus in our nose? Well, that’s where we extend the concept of washing our hands to washing our nose. With our hands, we use a soap and hand sanitizers. But with our nose we use nasal sprays that contain “soap for the nose.” Two of these “soaps,” xylitol and grapefruit seed extract (GSE), have been shown in a series of published studies to eliminate the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. A preparation from Xlear, Inc., was also tested and found to kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the test tube. The preparation is under use throughout the pandemic by Major League Baseball and by the National Basketball Association. In addition, George Stephanopolous has used it. And more recently its successful uses were confirmed in the journal Cureus. Fortunately, one will find the actual tested brand at their drug store. It is considerably cheaper than a stay in the hospital. The studies say to use it all of the time and certainly as a first responder, health and medical professional, or essential worker, using the spray could well keep the virus at bay when it is at its smallest population and possibly manageable. The studies are ongoing. In a subsequent article we will report on the Cureus article

At Utah State University’s Institute of Antiviral Research, Dr. Jonna Westover, Ph.D., and her team performed various studies to identify if Xlear Nasal Spray had any effect on COVID-19.The study compared the possible effect of two Xlear nasal sprays, Chlorhexidine, and ethanol, on the COVID-19 virus. Water was used as a control. The two Xlear Sprays were: original Xlear Nasal Spray (saline and xylitol alone) and Xlear Rescue (saline and xylitol with added essential oils). The results were outstanding. Each of the Xlear nasal sprays reduced the virus to an undetectable amount. Chlorhexidine had a negligible effect on the virus.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Amplifies Health

Right after the COVID-19 outbreak, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctors rushed to the frontline of the epidemic to work with doctors of modern medicine to control the disease and collect clinical data from the TCM perspective. This firsthand information is essential to pattern identification, treatment recommendations, and national prevention and treatment protocol. Their research paper was published online on January 29, 2020.

As we learn more about COVID-19, the protocol of traditional Chinese medicine treatment is continuously updating. In fighting with COVID-19, three Chinese patent medicines and three herbal formulas were screened for effective COVID-19 treatment.

The three Chinese patent medicines—Lianhua Qingwen Keli/Jiaonang (Forsythiae and Honeysuckle Flower Pestilence-Clearing Granules/Capsules); Jinhua Qinggan Keli (Honeysuckle Flower Cold-Relieving Granules); and Xuebijing (Stasis-Resolving & Toxin-Removing Injection)—were approved by the National Medical Products Administration to list COVID-19 as an additional indication.

Among the three herbal formulas—Qingfei Paidu Fang (Lung-Cleansing & Toxin-Removing Formula); Huashi Baidu Fang (Dampness-Transforming & Toxin-Removing Formula); and Xuanfei Baidu Fang (Lung-Dispersing and Toxin-Removing Formula)—the first two were approved by the National Medical Products Administration to perform clinical trials for the COVID-19 treatment.

Vitamin D Makes the Difference

Deficiency in vitamin D has been suggested to increase incidence and severity of COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 patients have been repeatedly shown to have lower levels of vitamin D, with mean plasma concentrations half that of controls.

Therefore, supplementation of vitamin D is suggested to boost immunity against COVID-19 and reduce human mortality; however this hypothesis needs to be tested in human trials. It has also been suggested that adequate vitamin D levels may help to protect the respiratory epithelium from pathogenic invasion, decreasing risk of infection.

Selenium Slips Viruses

Selenium has an indispensable function of the selenoproteins in coordinating a successful immune response and and by regulating cytokine excess, a key mediator of morbidity and mortality in COVID-19. Selenium is a trace element essential to human health largely because of its incorporation into selenoproteins that have protective functions. Selenium has a long history of reducing the incidence and severity of various viral infections; a German study found selenium status to be significantly higher in serum samples from surviving than non-surviving COVID-19 patients. Furthermore, a significant, positive, linear association was found between the cure rate of Chinese patients with COVID-19 and regional selenium status. Moreover, the cure rate continued to rise beyond the selenium intake required to optimise selenoproteins, suggesting that selenoproteins are probably not the whole story.

The significantly reduced expression of a number of selenoproteins, including those involved in controlling ER stress, along with increased expression of IL-6 in SARS-CoV-2 infected cells in culture, suggests an association between reduced selenoprotein expression and COVID-19-associated inflammation.

Selenium supplements are widely available.

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