Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which cause viral infections in animals or among humans. In humans, coronaviruses are known to cause viral infections ranging from the common cold to respiratory infections and more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus in Wuhan China causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
So far medical science with its battery of pharma drugs is failed to control any viral disease, including coronavirus (COVID-19).
The new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified as a cause of serious pneumonia cases in Wuhan China in 2019. Since then it has been spread in many other countries of the world.
Some people infected with coronavirus do not develop any symptoms of the disease. Main symptoms of coronavirus disease are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Sometimes there may be other accompanying symptoms such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. Most patients, about 80%, recover from the disease without any special treatment. 1 in 6 people who are infected with coronavirus become seriously ill and develop breathing difficulties.
Older people, and people with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
How does Coronavirus Spread?
People can catch coronavirus from those people who are infected with the coronavirus. Coronavirus disease spreads through droplets from the nose and mouths of infected people. When these droplets land on the surfaces around an infected person, then anyone who touches these surfaces can catch coronavirus, by rubbing their eyes, touching their nose or mouth. Coronavirus spreads through breathing in the air around a patient when this patient coughs out or exhales droplets. Therefore, it is important to remain at a distance of 3ft (1 metre) from a coronavirus patient.
Precautionary Measures for Coronavirus:
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water then use alcohol-based hand rub.
- Always keep a 1-meter distance from someone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without washing your hands, especially when you have returned from a public place (bus, train, tube, market, office, school, etc.).
- If you want to cough, do not catch it on your hands. Bend your elbow to catch your cough or use a tissue. Do not reuse a used tissue. Bin it properly after coughing or nose blow.
- If you feel unwell and develop any of the symptoms mentioned above stay at home and get medical advice from your doctor or GP.
If you are not infected with coronavirus and you are not a health worker or caretaker then do not wear a mask. Give your mask, if you have one, to someone who is infected with the coronavirus.
The coronavirus incubation period (the time of catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms) is between 1-14 days. Most commonly this period is around 5 days.
Treatment of Infectious Viral Disease like Coronavirus:
Since there is no vaccine or an antiviral drug to treat coronavirus, the pharmaceutical world has no solution to this problem. Only by keeping the immune system healthy and strong is the key to fight with not only coronavirus but with all other viral and bacterial diseases.
When coronavirus attacks and a person become infected with coronavirus disease. The virus multiplies in the body of the patient, consequently oxidative stress increases in the body. This increased level of oxidation provides a favourable condition for the coronavirus to multiply further.
In order to reduce the oxidation level in the body, a patient needs to have an anti-oxidant substance. There are different forms of antioxidant substances available in the foods and supplements. Among all these, vitamin C stands out with the backing of numerous scientific studies and clinical trials/cases.
This is why doctors in Wuhan China, are using high doses of this vitamin C among coronavirus patients. Richard Z. Cheng, MD, PhD; the associate director is Hong Zhang, PhD, said “Intravenous vitamin C is already being employed in China against COVID-19 coronavirus. I am receiving regular updates because I am part of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board to the International Intravenous Vitamin C China Epidemic Medical Support Team.” Among other team members are Qi Chen, PhD (Associate Professor, Kansas University Medical School); Jeanne Drisko, MD (Professor, University of Kansas Medical School) .
Here you can watch Dr Richard’s own statement in a short video clip on YouTube .
Although, initially megadose vitamin C therapy via intravenous injections was carried out, but now, in a second trial oral use of vitamin C is also being tested .
The Daily Mail UK on March 3rd 2020, has also published a full-length article with the following heading “Can VITAMIN C beat coronavirus? It boosts brains, combats sepsis and tackles colds… no wonder China’s doctors are racing to test its effects on deadly outbreak” .
Besides boosting the immune system with the use of vitamin C, there is another option in the complementary healthcare system which can be looked at from prophylactic as well as from treatment point of view for coronavirus disease.
Little is known about the innate immune response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Coronavirus (CoV) infection. A key player in innate immune is the gene MBL (Mannose-binding lectin). It functions as an ante-antibody before the specific antibody response. In 569 patients with SARS and 1188 control subjects, the role of this gene was investigated in SARS-CoV infections. Serum levels of MBL gene product were also significantly lower in patients with SARS-Cov than in control subjects. These results suggest that MBL contributes to the first-line host defence against SARS-CoV and that MBL deficiency is a susceptibility factor for acquisition of SARS .
Mannose-binding lectin 2 (MBL2) is a protein found in the blood. It is synthesised in the liver. It plays an important role in the innate immune system. Sequence-Specific Homeopathic DNA (SSHD) molecule MBL2 is designed to target the MBL2 gene. The SSHD-MBL2 molecule targets the MBL2 gene to promote the body’s important layers of protection against infective organisms such as viruses, bacteria and fungi .
The body has a number of important systems for fighting infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Mannose-binding lectin 2 encoded by the gene MBL2 is also one of them. All of the different parts of the immune system need to be working effectively to fight off a wide range of infectious agents.
It is a carbohydrate-binding protein that binds to sugar residues that are found on the surface of bacteria, viruses and fungi. When it binds to these infective agents in the blood, it activates other parts of the immune system such as the complement system so that infectious agents can be more readily removed and killed by engulfment by phagocytic cells such as neutrophils and macrophages [see Ref. 7 and within].
MBL2 has been shown to reduce the infectivity of viruses such as Ebola and the AIDS-causing virus, HIV, as well as the influenza virus and the SARS virus .
- K. Eddie Ip, et al. “Mannose-binding Lectin in Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome of Coronavirus Infection.” Departments of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong; JID 2005:191 (15 May).
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- Michelow et al., High-dose mannose-binding lectin therapy for ebola virus infection. J Infect Dis. 2011, 203,175 doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiq025.
Disclaimer: Above article is for information purposes only. No medical claim for the treatment of any disease is being made. In case of any disease always contact your healthcare provider for advice and treatment. Use of vitamin C or any other substance is at the sole discretion of the reader.