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Coronavirus Guide-what you need to know to survive

Disclaimer: I am not medically trained and below are my thoughts based on the information widely available online and when engaging in communities who heavily rely on off labels to treat various underlying health conditions where such medicines offer added benefits alongside standard care of treatment. I do not encourage anyone to take any off labels without consulting their GP & making an informed decision about the meds and its side effects and more importantly their interactions with other drugs. Especially that most of the researches are trail-based & don’t represent officially recognised cure treatment plan.

Coronavirus becomes a real threat daily, it’s not anymore just in China or Italy but most likely in our neighborhood. 

There are maps tracking it on a global level as well as on a more local level.

If the number of cases were to continue to double every three days, there would be about a hundred million cases in the UK by May. That is simple math, not prophecy…

Let’s collate answers to the frequently asked questions re the virus to learn more about it:

  1. What is coronavirus?
  2. What are coronavirus symptoms?
  3. How can I help myself to protect from coronavirus?
  4. Can coronavirus live on clothes or objects?
  5. Can coronavirus be spread through food?
  6. Can coronavirus mutate?
  7. Can coronavirus be contained? What are the best ways to stop it?
  8. Can coronavirus kill?
  9. Can coronavirus survive in the heat or hot temperatures?
  10. Can coronavirus spread through air can?
  11. Can coronavirus live in swimming pools?
  12. Can coronavirus be treated/ cured?
  13. Can coronavirus spread through clothes?
  14. Can coronavirus spread through the eyes?
  15. Is coronavirus is worse than MERS or SARS?
  16. How can I help myself to get better if I catch coronavirus?
  17. When coronavirus will end?
  18. How I protect myself at the moment and in case I was to catch COVID-19?
  19. 1.‘What is coronavirus’

    Coronaviruses (CoV) belong to a large family of viruses that cause illness in animals.  Seven, including COVID-19 have spread to humans, most cause cold-like symptoms but some create more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). COVID-19 is a  new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

    2.Coronavirus symptoms

  1. Cough
  2. Fatigue
  3. Fever
  4. Shortness of breath

& in severe cases

  1. Pneumonia
  2. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
  3. Kidney failure
  4. Death

The symptoms may take from 2 – 14 days to show up after exposure to the virus. However, 80% of people recover from COVID-19 without needing hospitalization or special treatment. At present, there’s no vaccine to protect us from the new virus also known as SARS-CoV-2. There also are no special medications approved to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 either. My favourite integrative doctor Dana Flavin recommends a few simple things to stay healthier:

Dr. Flavin on Corona Virus protection (supplements, diet, etc.)

Dr. Flavin shares basic nutritional precautions we can take to keep our immune systems in top form.

Posted by Alternative Cancer Research – Dr. Dana Flavin & Collmed on Monday, 16 March 2020

3. How can I help myself to protect from coronavirus?

  1. Avoid or limit close contact with anyone showing symptoms of illness
  2. Cover mouth and nose during coughing & sneezing 
  3. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds 
  4. Thoroughly cook meat and eggs
  5. Do not touch your face when your hands are dirty or when you are out
  6. Self-isolate as much as possible

4. Can coronavirus live on clothes or objects?

The new coronavirus can live on surfaces for 2-3 days. Use ammonia or alcohol-based products to wipe surfaces, avoid baby wipes. Use sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to clean anything you think might have had contact with the virus. Its believed it easily sticks to the metal elements so try to avoid touching those in public space (lifts, shops, gyms, etc)

5. Can coronavirus be spread through food?

No evidence that food is a source or transmission route

6. Can coronavirus mutate

Yes, viruses always mutate especially those from RNA family-like coronavirus. Coronavirus has evolved into two major lineages and it is possible to be infected with both, a new study shows

7. Can coronavirus be contained? What are the best ways to stop it?

Many start boosting their immune system ‘just in case’ they were to catch the virus. While a strong immune system will allow you to have a mild onset of the disease it won’t protect you from catching the virus. Furthermore one needs to be careful when boosting the immune system as one can create ‘cytokines storm’ and causing such a situation is not a good idea when COVID-19 is threatening.


The immune system, boost can be dangerous due to the effect of unknown response and cytokine storm, that’s why hospitals give ill people methylprednisone or steroids to trim down immune response due to lung flooding and other organs.

It is crucial to understand the impact of the virus on our immune system:

 ‘Coronavirus infects macrophages, and then macrophages present CoV antigens to T cells. This process leads to T cell activation and differentiation, including the production of cytokines associated with the different T cell subsets (ie, Th17), followed by a massive release of cytokines for immune response amplification. The continued production of these mediators due to viral persistence has a negative effect on Natural Killer cells’.

Read this paper to understand the role of cytokines secreted upon CoV infections and their potentially detrimental contribution to the damages of the respiratory tract and other tissues.

In the light of all that I’d say having a healthy lifestyle including nutritious balanced diet alongside exercising and maybe occasionally supplementing 

8. Can coronavirus kill?

Yes, it looks like the elderly with underlying health conditions (cardiovascular diseases, respiratory tract illnesses, chemo patients, etc) and those with suppressed immune systems may suffer the most acute form of the illness which may lead to death.

9. Can coronavirus survive in the heat or hot temperatures?

It’s believed that the virus doesn’t like hot temperatures.

10. Can coronavirus spread through air conditioning?

It appears so. As per the Daily Mail article:

‘Swab analysis of rooms used by three coronavirus patients by experts at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases in Singapore suggests that the respiratory illness spreads easier than previously thought.’

11. Can coronavirus live in swimming pools?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”

What about saltwater pools?  The same Saltwater pool will convert the salt into chlorine.

However, you can still catch the coronavirus at the pool by touching any surface that contains the virus on it, or through respiratory droplets from an infected person entering your body orally or nasally, or through the lungs inhalation.

12. Can coronavirus be treated/ cured?

There is no classified drug against COVID-19. Scientists including dr Schaffner are working on blocking an enzyme – RNA polymerase, which helps to copy DNA. As the virus is able to replicate itself blocking this enzyme means blocking the genetic mutations that can eventually prevent the virus from replicating.

So far coronavirus has been treated with:

  • antiviral or retroviral medications
  • breathing support ( mechanical ventilation )
  • steroids to limit lung swelling
  • blood plasma transfusions

13. Can coronavirus spread through clothes?

It doesn’t look like it. Person-to-person contact seems to be the main method of transmission of the novel coronavirus (cough, sneeze, and touch).

14. Can coronavirus spread through the eyes?

Medical officials, say this is possible, however unlikely.

15. Is coronavirus worse than MERS or SARS?

It looks like two other coronaviruses – the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) – were less severe, having killed more than 1,500 people between them since 2002 if we look at the absolute numbers, however, COVID19* has lower death rate than the fatality rates for Mers (30%) and Sars (10%) but is still a significant threat.

*So far, around 20 % of confirmed cases have been classed as severe or critical. So far, around 15 to 20% of hospital cases have been classed as “severe” and the current death rate varies between 0.7%and 3.4 % depending on the location and, crucially, access to good hospital care.

SARS2002 – China8,0007000.087
MERS2012, but 2014- peak2,5008500.34
COVID-19At the time of writing 15-03-20 6pm2019162,6876,0650,037

16. How can I help myself to get better if I catch coronavirus?

  1. Do not panic, educate yourself -one way is to join this group or when following experts such as Daniel from https://www.cancertreatmentsresearch.com/from-cancer-to-coronavirus-therapeutic-strategy-based-on-the-similarities-between-cancer-and-virus-infected-cells/ or reading reputable sources on this subject.
  2. Get rest
  3. Use paracetamol or cold compresses to control the fever→ Take Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) instead of Ibuprofen. The above blog post on Daniel’s site explains why.
  4. Get chloroquine if you are lucky enough to have it at home (this med is out of stock in the UK but I hear it is still possible to buy it in India or in Poland if you have access to a doctor who will prescribe that for you). Consider starting:
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®) IF NO CONTRAINDICATION
  • 400 mg at suspicion/diagnosis;
  • 400 mg 12 h later
  • Followed by 200 mg BID up to Day 5

NB: stop hydroxychloroquine if follow-up at home. If no hydroxychloroquine available, consider chloroquine 600 mg(10mg/kg) at diagnosis and 300mg (5mg/kg) 12 h later, followed by 300 mg (5 mg/kg) BID up to Day 5. Source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j…

5. Get zinc alongside chloroquine - Zinc increases the cytotoxicity of (hydroxy)chloroquine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4182877/?fbclid=IwAR0INCcts0RCQmwfVR35WSMHJStHBydOAi-9-OBakAZmnU4iO3ePfngqUU8 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5935811/?fbclid=IwAR0VRoBdcZBfogDxpYxNNaJLEZMZL3msf-NIF5vrNTzgn0_uESLya8Fzkk0

What’s worth pointing out is the fact that not only chloroquine acts as a zinc ionophore (cellular uptake inducer) but also Quercetin and EGCG (found in green tea). 

17. When Coronavirus will end ?

A good question with no predictable answer to it. Considering that the previous epidemics lasted for quite some time I d not be surprised to see it until 2021 or for the virus to stay with us forever just to be less contagious once its peak it’s over.

18. How I protect myself at the moment and in case I was to catch COVID-19?

I am taking a handful of useful supplements (quercetin, omega 3, primrose oil, bee pollen) which have been taking for quite a sometime now due to some of my health conditions. I also take a liposomal vit C with zinc every other day alongside the regularly taken supplements. If however, I was to contract COVID-19 I will consider taking: 

  • 3g/day Quercetin,
  • 3-5g Scutellaria baicalensis
  • 6g or more Vitamin C (spread across the day),
  • Selenium supplement (not discussed above yet)
  • Increase Zinc supplements (lozenges) (not discussed above yet)
  • high dose Vitamin C if possible, at least one time/week
  • Hydroxychloroquine 400mg 2x/day, and the coming 4-9 days we take 200mg/day
  • If symptoms increasing I would start Thalidomide 100mg/day

 As recommended by my dear friend from https://www.cancertreatmentsresearch.com

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I am not Martin Lewis but Martyna aka Money Saving Girl. When I first came to the UK I was on a super tight budget, so I know how hard it is not to have money or how to get creative to get 'more for less'. I share with you my money saving tips about anything which worked for me. Be it free samples, shopping tricks, iTunes, various discount apps, websites and reward programs. Occasionally I write about traveling or insurance.

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