The covid-19 coronavirus has spread around the globe since it was first discovered in Wuhan, China less than 3 months ago.
As of March 10, there were 118, 101 infections worldwide with 4, 262 deaths and 64,391 recoveries.
Most of the infections, (80,757) and deaths (3,024) were in mainland China along with the 47,743 recoveries.
How does this compare to the 2019-2020 flu season?
So far, there have been 250,000 people hospitalized and 14,000 people have died according to preliminary estimates from the CDC.
The CDC estimates that influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, more than 16.5 million medical visits, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season.
There are some differences between the flu and covid-19 coronavirus which are causing concern.
Coronavirus Symptoms Similar to FLu
Covid-19 symptoms include: Fever: 98%, Dry cough: 76%, Shortness of breath, Myalgia: 44%.
About 80% of cases are mild and last only about 2 weeks. Severe or critical cases last 3-6 weeks.
Many people have little to no symptoms and may not know they have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. If you have a runny nose or a wet cough, it is most likely a cold.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the coronavirus. This is the longest known infectious period for this virus. Influenza has always been of more concern among the elderly and there is always a threat of influenza progressing to pneumonia. This is where Covid-19 coronavirus is similar to the flu.
No Vaccine for Coronavirus
The preferred Western medical treatment for the flu is probably Tamiflu, which works to suppress virus reproduction in at least some cases. If breathing is inhibited, treatment involves ventilation with oxygen.
There is no vaccine for the covid-19 coronavirus. Scientists are working on bringing one to market but it will likely not be ready for the current flu/virus season.
The Covid-19 coronavirus is much more transmissible than the flu.
Epidemiologists agree from both observed experience and emerging scientific evidence that the virus causing COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the virus’s reproduction number (the number of additional cases that likely result from an initial case) is between 1.6 and 2.4, making COVID-19 significantly more transmissible than seasonal flu (whose reproduction number is estimated at 1.2 to 1.4)
Covid-19 is significantly more infectious than the flu, about 2-4 times more infectious.
It is spread by droplets in a radius from the infected person, so those who maintain a ‘social distance’ are less likely to get it.
Covid-19 can last on surfaces from hours to days, so cleaning and disinfecting can make a big difference.
Higher Fatality Rate
The Covid-19 coronavirus is more fatal than the flu and more fatal the older someone is, particularly if they have underlying health conditions.
Many people have been alarmed by the high mortality rate for Covid-19, estimated at 2% for those 50 and older and up to 3.5% for those over 80. Yet these numbers may not be completely accurate due to the shifting nature of the outbreak. The final mortality rate may be closer to 1%, still higher than the flu at 0.1%.
What to Do
Given that most of those who get covid-19 only have mild symptoms and may not even realize they are infected, the prudent action to take is to focus on cleanliness and building your immune system.
A strong immune system helps the body fight off any virus, including the flu and coronavirus.
Two Steps to Take
1. If you are likely to get sick more easily from a virus that is circulating, or get re-infected easily, than you may seriously want to consider doing an herbal cleanse. This is like a tune-up for the body.
You can learn more about herbal cleanses in the Herbal Collective March’2020 issue. .
2. Start boosting your immune system with herbal remedies and vitamin/mineral supplements. Take steps to eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise and sleep 8 hours a night. Herbal remedies such as elderberry, oil of oregano, Echinacea and Vitamins C, D & B can all work to boost the immune system. Download the top 6 herbs to use for better health.