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Special Alert: Coronavirus and What You Need To Know

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Chances are, no matter where you are in the world, you have heard about the coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it is otherwise known). Today, I wanted to share something I’m calling a “special alert” to help you make sense of what’s out there and what you can do about it.

According to Dr. Patricia Whitley-Williams, President of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, those with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis have a higher risk for contracting this illness1. Hashimoto’s is already an issue for lots of people all by itself, so this news makes it especially troubling with recent events.

So, let’s break it down completely. Here is everything you absolutely need to know in terms of coronavirus and what it means for you health.

Why Is It Called “Novel Coronavirus”?

Basically, the term “novel” means that we have never seen anything like this before. The rise and rapid spread of COVID-19 is still something we don’t know a lot about.

While scientists, researchers, politicians, and the public try to learn more, we need to think about the ways that we can prevent it and what we can do to treat the possible spread of the virus throughout the world.

What I want to provide you with is the latest information, knowledge, news, and studies powering our discussion of COVID-19. That way you can know what to do, what to watch out for, and what matters when it comes to your health.

How Did COVID-19 Start?

First reported in Wuhan, China, COVID-19 has gone through some distinct evolutions. First, it was an outbreak, and then an epidemic, and soon it may be a pandemic.

Basically, we think of this on a sliding scale. An outbreak is a large amount in a small community, an epidemic is one that spreads to other places, and a pandemic is one of global proportion. It’s the goliath of diseases spreading.

Key Insight: So, COVID-19 is the official name of the disease that is caused by this novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan.

That’s why, for the remainder of this article, I will be referring to it as COVID-19. This is the official name of the disease, as calling it a coronavirus is a bit more general and less instructive.

How Many People Have COVID-19?

The number is increasing every single day, all across the globe, but Johns Hopkins offers a thorough breakdown of all reported cases around the world2.

As of March 9th, though, we have had 105,633 global confirmed cases, of which 80,735 can be found on Mainland China. While China slows down its rate of reporting, though, we can see a significant bump in the following countries:

  • Iran
  • Italy
  • South Korea

Key Insight: As of that same date, we currently have 566 cases of COVID-19 in the USA.

During the beginning of this disease, with the epicenter being in Wuhan, many were concerned about infection coming from abroad due to travel to China. Many were either extradited back to their home nations and put in quarantine, or thoroughly examined at airports.

That said, the rate of infection from within a country’s borders is now eclipsing that from outside its borders (like travelers coming from China). This is an ever-increasing concern, especially as it relates to the United States, where strategies for quarantine and containment are key.

What Are The Symptoms?

Most of those who contract COVID-19 will have symptoms of some kind. While having no symptoms is possible, if you have COVID-19 you are likely to have:

  • Fever
  • Upper Respiratory Symptoms
  • Difficult Breathing
  • Mild Pneumonia
  • Severe Pneumonia
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Sepsis and Septic Shock
  • Death

Is It Safe To Fly Right Now?

One of the main things that we have heard coming out of the discussions around COVID-19 is the overall safety of airline travel.

As outbreaks continue to occur in places outside of China, there are likely going to be more travel restrictions set out both at home and abroad.

Basically, right now we are at a place where most Americans are being advised to postpone any non-essential travel to China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy.

At the same time, considerations should be made to avoid places like Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

As the disease spreads, though, we are likely to see more countries shutting themselves off or instituting travel restrictions of their own. While this is unprecedented in the modern era, it is certainly in the realm of possibility.

Bottom Line: Changing or canceling your plans is up to you, but following through with them does come with a substantial amount of risk inherent in going somewhere that an outbreak is occurring.

Even domestically it may become a good idea to limit all non-essential travel. While that is a bit more of a moving target, it is certainly possible in the near future.

How Lethal Is COVID-19?

When it comes to diseases that reach pandemic levels, death is always the first thing that crosses people’s minds. How likely are you to die from COVID-19?

That’s a bit of a grey area right now. While there are those who have died, including cases in the United States, the number of deaths can only reflect the infrastructure in certain regions.

Much was made about China’s lack of medical infrastructure and staffing during the outbreak, which likely led to a lot of preventable deaths occurring. This is tragic stuff, but it does not mean that the same mortality rate would apply in places like the US.

In a place like China, they have reported a 3.8% mortality rate, while a more advanced and prepared medical situation in South Korea’s is 0.7%. That’s a pretty staggering difference, and it really shows how awareness can lead to preparation and more promising results.

The greatest risk factor of all, though, is age. Those who contracted COVID-19 at an older age (think 80 and above) were far more likely to die from the symptoms of the disease than those who were younger and better able to simply self-quarantine.

How Does Death Occur From COVID-19?

For the most part, when patients with COVID-19 pass away it is often due to sepsis. This is when the immune system breaks down into what we know as a “cytokine storm.”

In dealing with sepsis, there are certain compounds that we can consider to help treat it. Let’s break down each one of them:

  • Vitamin C – In patients with sepsis, those with consistent vitamin C had an 8.5% death rate compared to a 40.4% rate in a control group.
  • Vitamin D – Vitamin D is not a vitamin, it is a hormone. A deficiency of it is a challenge to your immune system but an excess is just as dangerous. Those with thyroid disease do not need the same amounts of vitamin D as the rest of the population. The best evidence suggests that 38-55 ng/mL may be ideal. I’ve even written about this recently (Read More: The Full Story On Vitamin D). Most get to this level with roughly 2000 iu of D3 daily. That is why I formulated the Daily Reset Pack to have 2000 IU of vitamin D3.

Going outside of that, there are some other natural agents worth keeping in the back of our head. Remember, though, that none of these are treatments known to prevent or manage COVID-19.

Instead, these are possible treatments that may lower the mortality from sepsis as a complication of COVID-19:

  • Curcumin
  • Quercetin
  • Naringin
  • Bacillus Sp Strain LBP32
  • Boswellia (Frankincense)
  • Lomatium Dissectum

How Do You Test For COVID-19?

Much has been made about the testing issue surrounding COVID-19. Particularly how you test for it, who can get tested, and the availability of testing around the world.

COVID-19 is tested by using nasal swabs, throat swabs, and something called a PCR (which is polymerase chain testing). This kit is known as the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD) 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel.” That’s definitely more than a mouthful!

Key Insight: In the United States, you may have heard that these tests are currently not available through doctor’s offices, clinics, or hospitals. This is 100% true.

The CDC, though, has begun rolling out test kits to certain states that have been hit hardest so far with COVID-19. If you are concerned, it is likely only a matter of time before they reach your area. 

At present, recommendations have been built around certain specific parameters in terms of who can get tested. One’s candidacy is based on: 

  • Close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient 
  • History of travel to or from an affected region 
  • Anyone who requires hospitalization with symptoms (ruling out influenza) 

Keep in mind, though, that the CDC defines “close contact” as within 6 feet or within a room or care area with someone who has COVID-19. Otherwise, these qualifying procedures are done to ensure that tests are not wasted and ensure results. 

When Should You Go To The Doctor?

The first thing to note is that, especially in the United States, you shouldn’t immediately rush to the doctor or hospital at the first sign of danger.

If you or your child has flu-like symptoms, right now chances are that you have a cold or the flu. It’s really as simple as that.

When your health is rapidly declining or you need urgent attention, then you should consider going to the hospital. Until then, your local hospital likely does not have the ability to test for COVID-19.

This means that rushing to the hospital will mean an unnecessary trip that could expose you to other illnesses (like COVID-19). The best thing you can do right now is exercise proper hygiene, avoid jumping to conclusions, and staying update at all times.

How Do You Treat COVID-19?

The next thing, after testing, is many people wondering how you specifically treat COVID-19.

As a novel coronavirus, that’s a bit of a murky subject. There are currently no medications designed to treat COVID-19, and that’s simply because we do not know enough about it.

The main regimen for treatment is as follows:

  • Rest
  • Fluid
  • Oxygen
  • Intensive Care As Needed

Scientists are working around the clock to try and find a way to treat COVID-19, but only then there are no direct recommendations for what you can do to treat this specific disease.

At this point, we are likely several months to even a year away from a proper vaccine or form of treatment specific to COVID-19.

Natural Solutions

Prior coronavirus outbreaks, like MERS and SARS, can give us some insight into some of the more natural treatments that we may consider pursuing.

While there are many clinical trials awaiting results, there are some things we know that may help us along the way. These are not recommendations so much as they are considerations based on what we know.

Sambucus Formosana Nakai

This is a type of elderberry that has been shown to have positive effects against past coronaviruses (not COVID-19, specifically).

While it is not like the elderberry syrup you might find in the grocery store, the caffeic-acid richness found in it may have a positive effective (which may also relate to foods like turmeric, basil, thyme, oregano, sage, cabbage, apples, strawberries, cauliflower, radishes, mushrooms, kale, pears, and olive oil).


Echinacea is known as both antiviral and preventive. In addition, it has been shown as effective against the avian virus in animal studies3.

In the past, echinacea was thought to be a concern for autoimmune disease. That said, this concern has become less and less relevant.

We know that it works through immune modulation and not simple immune stimulation. It is also known to be safe and effective for long-term use4.


In living animal and test-tube studies, this has been shown to kill other coronaviruses. This study, in particular, suggested that it has the potential to diminish disease progression in chickens and could be used to the control of coronaviruses5.


This compound has been shown to make influenza viruses less able to cause pulmonary damage in the body6. It also has antiviral and immunoregulatory properties7.


The effects of glycans are both simple and complex and can play a profound role in metabolic, structural, and physical roles in biological systems. In knowing this, we can learn more about their evolutionary role and what they can tell us about biological complexity8.

Viral Agglutinins

By tradition, viral glycan-binding proteins are called hemagglutinins. The best known of these is probably influenza hemagglutinin (the “H” in “H1N1” or Swine Flu).

The evolution of the avian influenza viruses towards infecting humans involves selection for a change in binding specificity, which can be replicated experimentally.

Saccharomyces Boulardii

After taking antibiotics, more at risk for viral infections entering the body through the GI tract. That said, saccharomyces boulardii, has been shown to reduce the risk of translocation of these viral illnesses9.

IV Vitamin C

China is now performing a clinical trial of 24 grams, per day, of vitamin C delivered intravenously. This is a clinical trial registered with the United States NIH10.

Vitamin C delivered through an IV has been used for decades to treat existing infectious diseases. It has both been used by itself and in coordination with other treatments for septicemia and has been shown to improve overall survival11.

It has also lowered the risk of death from other infectious diseases including tetanus12.

Lastly, it can also be used as a standalone therapy to lower the risk of developing viral infections.

Using IV Vitamin C

As a preventive measure, IV vitamin C can be taken in doses at least 20 grams (20,000) mg up to once per week for those at risk.

Please note that those with a genetic condition called G6PD deficiency may be at risk for hemolysis when receiving extremely high doses of IV vitamin C.

Key Insight: Overall, it is best to work with a center that is aware of this risk and screens for it.

For those with acute symptoms, IV vitamin can be used as often as daily. Due to the risk of contagion, treatments can be administered via home health services or through inpatient settings such as hospitals.

Boosting Your Immune System

Beyond that, it might help to cover some of the foods that you can easily work into your diet and can help boost your immune system.

While it won’t necessarily prevent or treat COVID-19, it can help ensure that your immune system is in a good place to begin.

  • Fish Oil – Omega-3 fatty acids come with a whole host of benefits to your immune system.
  • Vitamin C – Another powerful antioxidant that assists in infection.
  • Vitamin D3 – I’ll mention this one later, but Vitamin D is important here.
  • Zinc – Required for the functioning of white blood cells.

The Importance of Gut Health

In terms of testing at home, stool culture can be one piece of information that can help predict susceptibility to viral illnesses is the amount of secretory immunoglobulin A secreted by your immune system.

You can find out how much you are making by a simple stool measurement.

The better stool tests can also give you insights as to how you could improve on your IgA levels if they are sub-optimal.

The Importance of Thyroid Function

Thyroid hormones regulate nearly all facets of immunity. Your best balance of thyroid hormones will help you be less at risk for all immune problems such as acute infections, other autoimmune diseases, and many cancers13.

Please, be regular about screening your thyroid function and working with your doctor. It is important to understand what your personal best thyroid levels are and to keep them there (Read More: Discover Your Optimal Thyroid Levels).

Considering Medical Care

Because of the nature of COVID-19, considering telemedicine as an option while you limit your travel and exposure to medical centers and other patients is a great idea.

Our doctors at Integrative Health work with people throughout the US through telemedicine.

Plan ahead to be sure you are current on your medication. When you lapse on your thyroid treatment or stay on a potency that is no longer best for you, you raise your risk of infections.

Key Insight: During the COVID-19 outbreak, most of our patients at Integrative Health are choosing to stock up with a 6 months supply of their thyroid medication. This strategy can also be helpful in the event of medication shortages.

Do You Need A Mask?

This is something that comes up a lot, especially lately. Chances are you’ve seen reports about masks selling out in stores being resold on eBay for hundreds of dollars.

The truth is that, unless you have COVID-19, wearing a mask won’t do much of anything. It is primarily for those who are already sick.

If you do insist on wearing a face mask, though, your best bet is to wear a “Particulate Respirator Mask.” This type of mask filters out 95% of small particles and is often marked P95, R95, or N95.

It’s the type of mask that you’ll see painters wear, in the sense that it is very tight around the nose and mouth. It’s essentially like a respirator mask.

Action Steps: COVID-19

So, if you want to protect your family, your children, and all the loved ones in your life, you need action steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Basically, what we need to look at is reducing our susceptibility to the illness, while reducing the amount of illness we have spread around us.

If we can reduce both of these things, we are on a great track to help both ourselves and those around us (including those who are most at risk were they to contract COVID-19).

On top of all that, these are things you should consider doing anyway, as they are simply good practice for your health overall. Here’s what you can do:

  • Stay Home When You’re Sick – In order to reduce the potential exposure of COVID-19, staying home when you’re not feeling well is important. It also reduces the likelihood of you exposing others to the same illness.
  • Wash Your Hands – No doubt about it, you need to wash your hands. This is especially true before eating or touching your face, you need to use soap and water for at least 30 seconds (just sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself). It’s even better than most hand disinfectants, so get washing!
  • Irrigate Your Nose – A simple saline spray can help clear your nostrils and, while it is not proven to prevent COVID-19, it can provide some temporary relief and wash away viral particles before they have the chance to really sink in.
  • Cover Your Cough – Whether with your elbow or tissues, covering your cough helps reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 (along with other illnesses). Make sure to teach your children the same.
  • Keep A Safe Distance – You should always be trying to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is obviously sick or showcasing symptoms (like a cough or a runny nose).
  • Load Up On Antiviral Foods – Things like coconut oil, raw garlic,oregano, ginger, kimchi and other fermented foods, green tea, apple cider vinegar, and mushrooms can all provide a much-needed boost to your diet and your health.
  • Enjoy Lots of Fruits and Vegetables – This is generally good advice in life for your health, but antioxidant-rich foods can help destroy free radicals that weaken our immune system. A variety of fruits and vegetables can help not only boost your immune system, but bring some necessary variety into your overall diet. Trust me, you’ll enjoy it!
  • Drink More Water – Water, coconut water, herbal teas, and try to phase out any of those sugary drinks. If you continue to drink water on a regular basis, you’re doing a body a whole world of good.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth – These are key areas of your body where you can make yourself susceptible to COVID-19. The first step is to be conscious of how often you touch these areas, where it’s biting your nails, rubbing your eyes, or blowing your nose. Pay attention to not touch your face.
  • Try Fermented Foods – I mentioned this earlier, but the probiotics in fermented foods are great for your gut health. There are the basics like kimchi and sauerkraut, but there are others out there like natto (fermented soybeans quite popular in Japan over rice). There’s even kombucha if you prefer drinking your fermentation.
  • Get Fresh Air and Exercise – Even a little bit of exercise can help, and it doesn’t have to be at the gym. You can enjoy yoga at home, a walk around the house or backyard, and generally being outside (but not in crowded spaces) is good for your mental and physical health.
  • Enjoy Enough Sleep – I can’t stress enough how important sleep is for your body and your immune system. Even losing a few hours a night can put your body at risk, so make sure you are enjoying lots of sleep and doing everything you can to facilitate some great rest.
  • Avoid Processed Food – Again, this is really good advice in general, but you should try to avoid processed foods that are loaded with sugars and other preservatives that aren’t good for you.
  • Minimize Stress – There’s no doubt about it, these are stressful times. The thing is you can’t worry about the effects of COVID-19, especially when you can instead be taking any of the above action steps to help minimize your risk. One of these is trying to de-stress by trying meditation, getting some fresh air, or even journaling and writing your thoughts down.

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

Before I leave you for the day, I wanted to share some additional frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

We have already covered so much during our conversation today, so consider these fast answers to some of your most pressing questions…

What is a coronavirus?

Generally, this is a large family of viruses that can cause illness in both animals or humans.

In humans, we see these take the form of respiratory infections like the common cold. That said, there are more severe versions like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or what we know today as COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, so it helps to be more specific as we break this down.

This infectious disease is the most recently discovered coronavirus. We didn’t really know anything about it, until the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December of 2019.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

There are some very common symptoms that you’re likely to find with this disease, like:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry Cough

These all sound fairly standard for a wide range of illnesses. Some patients, though, will have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat, or even diarrhea.

Over time, these symptoms tend to progress – they can begin very mildly and become more serious over time. Some may have become infected but don’t develop symptoms at all.

Key Insight: Around 80% of those infected from the disease will recover from it without needing special treatment (instead, they will just self-quarantine, which is likely a term you have heard used a lot lately).

That leaves us with around 1 out of every 6 people becoming seriously ill because of COVID-19. Older people, and those who have underlying health issues, are more likely to develop serious issues. If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing you should certainly seek medical help.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

The way to catch COVID-19 is to be around those who have the virus themselves. It can spread from person to person via small droplets from the nose or mouth (which happen when some coughs into the air or simply exhales).

Once you touch a surface that has become infected with these droplets, you can spread it to yourself by touching this surface and then touching your own eyes, nose, or mouth.

If someone is sick, it helps to stay at least 3 feet away from them. Staying away from those that are sick, in large crowds or cramped spaces, is the best way to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 does not spread through the air, rather it is spread through these aforementioned droplets. That said, someone who is infected but does not showcase any symptoms is less likely to be able to spread the infection (because they are not coughing).

However, many with the illness only experience mild symptoms. This is especially relevant during the beginning of the disease, so it is possible to catch it from someone who simply has a mild cough or isn’t feeling one hundred percent.

How Can You Protect Yourself From COVID-19?

There are definitely some concrete action steps that you can take to help protect yourself from COVID-19. The first is to stay up to date on the news, to know where it is spreading, if the outbreak has been slowed, and any other relevant news as it happens.

Next, we’ll look at some fairly simple precautions to help lower your risk.

The first begins with simply washing your hands. Start by cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub and then washing them with soap and water.

This is important because the rub and the soap helps kill viruses that may be on your hands.

The next is to try and maintain distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or otherwise noticeably ill. From there, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Your hands can transfer much of the virus, so keeping them away from other parts of your body is key.

Key Insight: If you do have to cough or sneeze, ensure you’re doing so into the crook of your elbow. Avoid using your hands, so as to stop droplets from spreading the disease.

Here’s another essential one: don’t feel well? Please try and stay home. If you have a fever, cough, or difficult breathing, as I mentioned, seek medical attention and make sure to call in advance to assess your local medical authority’s ability to handle your illness.

If possible, try and avoid traveling to places. Especially if you are in an older age range, this is especially important as you may have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in foreign areas or simply by exposing yourself to different environments.

What If You Visited A Recent Hotspot?

At this point, COVID-19 is fairly new in the United States and North America more generally. That said, it has spread greatly in places like China, Iran, and Italy.

If you visited an area where it is spreading in the past 14 days, the most important thing that you can do is self-isolate or self-quarantine.

Key Insight: This essentially means staying home until your symptoms pass. And, if you really do need to go out for supplies or anything else, wearing a mask whenever you do.

This helps impede the spread of the virus and will keep you from infecting others. If you’re symptoms worsen, though, you may need to get in touch with your healthcare provider immediately. Make sure to call in advance!

How Likely Are You To Catch COVID-19?

It’s a bit hard to tell, because the risk is currently based on where you are in the world.

For most locations in the world, the risk is low. However, there are new places where the disease is spreading. The best thing to do is keep up to date, understand if it is spreading in your direction, and take these healthcare directives seriously.

If there are any local restrictions on travel in your area, please consider and adhere to them. They are there to protect you, and to protect others who are vulnerable.

Events in China have shown that the outbreak can be stopped, but new outbreaks emerge aggressively. You can keep up on the latest events quite easily, too.

Should You Worry About It?

As is the case with any illness, awareness is essential. COVID-19 is no different, and it’s probably dangerous to think that it won’t affect you at all.

While the illness is generally mild for children and young people, it can be quite serious for those who already deal with health complications.

So, it is normal to worry about it both for yourself and for loved ones. That said, some of these action steps are good for your health in general, so washing your hands more and sneezing into your elbow is likely something you should consider doing on a normal day.

Who Is At The Highest Risk?

As I mentioned, there is a lot we need to learn about COVID-19 and how it affects people on a long-term basis.

Right now, older persons and people with preexisting conditions are more likely to develop serious illness before anyone else.

Do Antibiotics Work For COVID-19?

Plain and simple, no.

Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, and COVID-19 is a virus. You cannot rely on antibiotics as a means of treating COVID-19.

Are There Any Medicines Or Therapies To Prevent/Cure COVID-19?

There are some remedies that can alleviate the symptoms of COVID-19, but overall there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent the disease from happening or cure it outright.

Clinical trials are ongoing, though, and news will likely come out the moment that a breakthrough is made in treating COVID-19. That’s another great reason for awareness around this issue.

Is There A Vaccine For COVID-19?

Building off our previous question, there is currently no vaccine that has been specifically formulated to treat COVID-19.

Currently, possible vaccines are under investigation across the globe. There are even some clinical trials ongoing to understand their efficacy.

Bottom Line: Until that time comes, the best thing to do is action those methods I mentioned earlier. Wash your hands, stay away from large crowds or cramped and crowded spaces, and cover your cough at all times.

Are COVID-19 And SARS The Same?

For those who remember SARS, it is not similar to COVID-19 at all.

The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 was related genetically, but the diseases themselves are very different.

In fact, SARS was less infectious but far more deadly. And, since 2003, we have seen no other outbreak of SARS in the world.

Should You Wear A Mask?

Masks are only effective if you yourself are currently ill with symptoms. This is especially true if you have a cough because a mask will ensure you don’t spread any potential virus.

Keep in mind, too, that disposable masks can only be used once and if you are not already sick you do not need one. In fact, there’s a huge shortage in masks being bought up by people who do not need them at all.

How Do You Use A Mask?

If you need to use a mask, because you are exhibiting symptoms, you always have to start with keeping your hands very clean.

Then, take the mask and inspect it for holes or rips. Place the mask to your face, press it until it molds to the shape of your nose, and pull it down to cover your mouth and chin.

Once finished, remove the mask by its loops around the ears and keep it away from your face and clothes. Discard immediately.

Following that, please go ahead and wash your hands again.

What Is The Incubation Period For COVID-19?

I have heard a lot of misinformation and debate over the “incubation period” of COVID-19.

Essentially, this means the time in between catching the virus and beginning to show symptoms. The official analysis is that this can take 1-14 days, and most commonly in 5 days.

Can Humans Catch COVID-19 From Animals?

Basically, a coronavirus is a large family of viruses that are more often common in animals. On occasion, people will get infected with them and then spread to others.

While possible animal sources of COVID-19 have not been confirmed, you should always protect yourself when visiting live animal markets.

This goes without saying, but when it comes to handling raw meat, milk, or animal organs, always be careful to avoid contamination and avoid consuming raw or undercooked animal products altogether.

Can My Pet Give Me COVID-19?

No, there is no data backing up this idea.

How Long Does COVID-19 Survive On Surfaces?

As discussed, it is not entirely certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on various surfaces. Studies have shown that it may be a few hours, or even several days (depending on surface type), which is all the more reason to wash your hands.

If you think a surface of yours may be infected, simply disinfect it to help kill the virus while protecting yourself and others.

Is it Safe To Receive Packages From Areas That Have COVID-19?

When it comes to commercial goods, the risk factor for contamination is quite low.

A package that has been moved about, traveled across the globe, and exposed to many different conditions and temperatures is also low. You should feel safe receiving packages from COVID-19-related countries at this point.

What Should I Avoid Doing?

We covered a handful of them, but just to repeat:

  • Avoid smoking in all its forms
  • Do not wear multiple masks (or a mask if you’re not showing symptoms at all)
  • Do not take antibiotics to “treat” COVID-19

These are all ineffective, and in some cases harmful, so they should be avoided entirely.

What If I Feel Sick Right Now?

So, what happens if you start getting a fever or a cough. What should you do?

The first thing is: do not panic. The last thing you want to do is assume the worst and all the anxiety and stress that comes with it.

First, remember that there is a high likelihood at this point that it is the common cold, influenza, or a common virus and not COVID-19.

Bottom Line: If your symptoms get worse, please consider calling your healthcare provider or using telemedicine. That said, at this point in time testing is likely not an option.

Test Your Health Today

Now that we know more about COVID-19, and have taken the time to separate the facts from the fiction, I want to share something with you to help take your health back in your own hands.

It’s called the Thyroid Quiz (Click Here: Take The Quiz) and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about your health and what you can do to optimize it.

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Dr. Alan Glen Christianson (Dr. C) is a Naturopathic Endocrinologist and the author of The NY Times bestselling Adrenal Reset Diet and The Metabolism Reset Diet.

Dr. C’s gift for figuring out what really works has helped hundreds of thousands of people reverse thyroid disease, lose weight, diabetes, and regain energy. Learn more about the surprising story that started his quest.