Immune Protocol for prevention and management of viral exposure or infection
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The most important steps for optimizing our immune function are to effectively implement and daily optimize the core foundational principles: Eating the E4 diet – (detailed in other videos, a core of unprocessed plant based foods, no sugar, low fat), sleep, rest, water intake, fresh air, sunlight, moderate exercise, avoiding harmful substances like sugar, refined foods, and substances like nicotine and alcohol that impair immunity; stress management, forgiveness and trust in a higher power.
NOTE that Supplemental strategies are always in addition, not a replacement for the foundational principles.
Published studies indicate that infected individuals can transmit the virus to others for up to 24 days before they have onset of symptoms. For this reason, everyone should seek to follow the universal precautions of frequent hand washing, coughing or sneezing into your folded arm and using disinfectants on commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, desk and table surfaces etc.… It is also valuable to follow a preventive maintenance protocol in order to keep our immune system optimized in its ability to produce antibodies against the virus and to prevent replication of the virus in infected cells.
Because community transmission of COVID 19 is now evident in the United States it is prudent for everyone to start checking your temperature 1 to 3 times daily. Get a good thermometer. A good prognosis with a full recovery is much more likely when the infection is diagnosed early and home isolation self-care management strategies are initiated promptly. The more symptoms progress before intervention is started the greater the risk of developing severe and even critical phases of this disease greatly increasing risk of death.
If you or a family member have a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, immediate isolation at home is critical to prevent spreading a potential viral infection to others but also in order to prevent the infection from progressing and becoming serious or critical – at which point hospitalization becomes necessary. But do not physically go to the hospital before first contacting your primary physician or local urgent care or hospital ER by phone. Once your condition is critical, COVID 19 has as much as a 49% case fatality rate. If natural treatments are initiated promptly while in home bedroom isolation there is a very high rate of complete recovery.
Research indicates that of those infected with COVID 19, 80% either have no problematic symptoms or have mild to moderate disease (much like a bad cold or flu) and recover fully. However, 14% of those infected develop severe disease that requires hospitalization. In severe disease, individuals typically experience one or more symptoms such as: shortness of breath, a bad cough, increased respiratory frequency taking 30 or more breaths per minute, blood oxygen saturation of 93% or less (every family should buy a $20 fingertip pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation monitoring). A severe cough and especially a blood oxygen saturation of 93% or lower requires immediate medical attention and/or hospitalization; 6% of those initially infected with COVID 19 will eventually develop critical illness as determined by respiratory failure (from fluid and pus filling up the grape like alveoli air sacks in the lungs), septic shock, and/or multiple organ dysfunction and possible failure.
The CDC and public health authorities are strongly encouraging us to avoid going to our doctor or hospital if our symptoms have not yet become severe. To date there are no good medical or drug therapies for mild to moderate COVID 19 illness. The natural interventions listed in this document are very effective especially when initiated soon after exposure or the earliest symptoms. Hospital care is restricted to those experiencing severe illness requiring IV fluids, oxygen and physician support; and especially for critical patients requiring treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with respirator support.
If infected and especially if symptomatic with any respiratory virus like the flu or you suspect you have the new coronavirus, follow CDC guidelines and additional strategies are in this article.