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How can I protect myself from the coronavirus COVID-19? 4 Coronavirus Prevention and Treatment Tips:

By Natan Schleider, M.D. February 26th 2020 2 MINUTE READ

Does this image scare you? It should if the common cold scares you. This is the coronavirus, one of the most common causes of the common cold.

4 Coronavirus COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Tips:

  1. Keep following the Center of Disease Control recommendations daily. To date, they continue to emphasize the USA is low risk. And for good reason: the coronavirus is far less deadly than the influenza virus and many other viruses that cause cold or flu-like symptoms. WANT SOME PERSPECTIVE: ‘So far, 16,000 people have died and 280,000 people have been hospitalized during the 2019-2020 flu season, according to preliminary estimates from the CDC released several days ago.’ If we use (sloppy, not quite technically accurate math) we see the death rate from influenza in the USA is about 5.7%. COVID-19 mortality rates are approximately half that in mainland China (probably lower if we include people that had no symptoms but were in fact infected)
  2. Read my blog: The 7 Effective Treatments for the Common Cold: https://doctorinthefamily.com/the-7-effective-treatments-for-common-cold-symptoms-in-adults/ Here is a cheat sheet for those too lazy to click and sorry, chicken soup and Vitamin C are NOT on the list: Acetaminophen (aka Tylenol); Combination antihistamine plus decongestant (IE Zyrtec-D); Intranasal ipratropium bromide (aka Atrovent) – particularly helpful for reducing the lingering cough after the infection which can last weeks; Intranasal oxymetazoline aka Afrin – not to exceed 10 days; Lactobacillus casei 22 grams per day in dairy products for 3 months; NSAIDs – ie Advil or Alleve; Zinc acetate or zinc gluconate – 80 to 92 mg per day within 3 days of symptom onset and continue until symptoms resolve
  3. Get an N95 Respirator Mask — not the flimsy masks we see surgeons wearing will not prevent airborne disease transmission very wells.
  4. Make sure you have the flu vaccine and get yourself some Tamiflu aka oseltamivir (and some antibacterial antibiotics) as the coronavirus may weaken your immune system allowing harmful viruses and bacteria to grow.

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