Should one be fearful of the coronavirus?

The coronavirus continues to spread while China announced having identified over 4000 cases with a death toll of 100. Should one be fearful?

Transmission

In China, viruses spread very fast because of the large population and people living in very crowded cities. The coronavirus is transmitted from human to human very easily, through sneezing, by touching recently contaminated objects (in public transport, lifts, handshakes…)

Symptoms

The symptoms are those generally associated with respiratory illnesses

  • Difficulty of breathing and breathlessness
  • A high fever (higher than 38C) and a persisting cough
  • Feeling very tired
  • Myalgia (muscular pain).

So many symptoms that can become more severe in time: this new virus could also lead to pneumonia, a severe respiratory syndrome, renal failure, sometimes followed by death

Is it systematically deadly?

No, as the hundreds of cases identified testify. Only some deaths have ensued. On the other hand, one has to ask oneself what the potential risk factors are.

 

People at risk

Young children, the elderly and the sick are the most vulnerable to  infections.

 

Why there is NO REASON to panic

  • Those who die from the coronavirus are vulnerable individuals, who die because they were already sick or at risk – exactly like in the case of flu;
  • Overall, the people who are infected by the virus will show no symptoms that are a danger to their life, as is the case with the flu: headaches, fever, aches and pains, etc.

 

Let us remember in 2003, the virus SARS, that represented less that 9000 cases with a total of 775 deaths recorded. Similarly, in France, the flu vaccine was created but did not result in the eradication of the virus and it still is the cause of deaths every year.

Antibiotics are of no use in this as we are dealing with a viral illness. Antibiotics are only effective to fight bacteria. What is then the aim of the pharmaceutical companies? Well! To frighten, inducing a fear of being ill, or a fear of dying… in order to inoculate new vaccines. Epidemics are wonderful for business!

Precautionary measures to take

The WHO advises to follow the standard recommendations for avoiding the spread of infections:

  • To wash your hands regularly;
  • To ensure meat and eggs are well cooked;
  • Avoid all unprotected contact with farm animals or wild animals;
  • To cover mouth and nose in the case of sneezing and coughing;
  • Avoid all close contact with a person presenting the symptoms of a respiratory illness such as coughing or sneezing.

 

And use oils!

 

Immunity

The first easy measure of protection is to have a healthy sleep pattern, that is a quality sleep that leaves you rested and refreshed. Numerous studies agree on the importance of a decrease in immunity when there are sleeping problems.

To sleep longer, clary sage (one drop diluted in a vegetable oil and rubbed into the wrist)

Antiviral Essential Oils

Within the EOs (containing oxides) there are some very powerful antiviral ones. Use them in diffusion or diluted in massaging of the wrists or the sole of the feet for example.

  • Cinnamon bark (Cinnanomum verum): also antibacterial. Counter indications: pregnancy, children under the age of 6 – can be irritating to the skin and mucous.
  • Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus): also an immune-stimulant and antibacterial. Counter indications: pregnancy and children under the age of 6.
  • Lemon (Citrus limonum ): also antibacterial. Counter indications: sometimes irritating on the skin.
  • Eucalyptus radiata: also immuno-stimulant and antibacterial. No counter indications
  • Laurel/bay Leaf (Laurus nobilis): also antibacterial. Counter indications: pregnancy.
  • Oregano (Origanum compactum): ): also antibacterial. Counter indications: pregnancy – can be an irritant to skin and mucous.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita): also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Counter indications: pregnancy and children under the age of 6.
  • Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora): also immuno-stimulant and antibacterial. Counter indications: pregnancy/
  • Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia): also immuno-stimulant and antibacterial.
  • Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): also immuno-stimulant and antibacterial. Counter indications: pregnancy.

Stress and fear harm your immunity and your digestion ….

The mixture that acts on you immunity via the regulation of emotional stress (for a local application for an adult or a child over the age of 7): in 20 ml of vegetable oil, add 12 drops of bergamot EO, 4 drops of frankincense EO and 3 drops of organic marjoram (controls the overall wellbeing). Massage on the chest several times a day during the risk period.

Worth noting that frankincense helps fight fear and anxiety and is an immune-regulator. Do not use it pure.

Before using Essential Oils it is absolutely essential to speak to your general practitioner and/or your pharmacist who will advise you. In the absence of any counter indications, you will have to take under consideration your age, your overall health, the ways and frequencies of usage…

 

 

 

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