The Story Of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The world is in a state of terror, and the medical fraternity is still trying to find a definitive antidote for a growing pandemic. Yes, it's a highly contagious virus commonly known as the Coronavirus. This virus is spreading like wildfire across the globe. As of now, over 93,313 cases have been confirmed worldwide and 3,118 deaths. Before you hit the panic button just by looking at these numbers, it's important to thoroughly understand what this deadly virus is all about.
Some Quick Facts On Coronavirus
Coronaviruses (CoV) are actually a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more deadly diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has never been previously identified in humans. The most common signs of infection may include respiratory symptoms like fever, cough, breathing difficulties, and shortness of breath. In severe cases, the infection can even cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
It has a few obvious differences from the flu virus. Firstly, nobody really understands how the virus will transform itself via mutations and become more contagious in the future. This outbreak is quite similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus, which was also originally transmitted from animals to humans and believed to have come from bats and civet cats. Coronavirus, like the SARS virus, usually causes zoonotic infections or transmitted from animals to humans. One of the typical ways that these viruses are suspected of getting into the human population is when they are consumed as exotic foods, or taken as medicines, typically found in Asian countries like China.
Secondly, there are therapies for flu, although imperfect therapies, but antiviral drugs do work to shorten the duration of the illness. Antivirals can help in providing prophylaxis for those at greatest risk and can treat symptoms.
Thirdly, patients already infected with the flu virus typically become contagious about 1 day prior to developing symptoms and remain infectious for another 5 days. There isn't much clarity on when patients exposed to Coronavirus become infectious or for how long infected patients remain contagious. Hence, it's difficult to develop isolation strategies. As a matter of fact, the Chinese government has tried to isolate large populations of people to contain the virus. Entire cities have been quarantined to halt this outbreak.
Healthy Immune System And Coronavirus
It is usually accepted that people with a strong immune system have bodies that are better at combating the spread and effects of various disease-causing pathogens and viruses. It is absolutely true that malnutrition can weaken your ability to fight off illness and infection, but if you eat an otherwise balanced diet packed with vitamins and essential minerals, you have a better chance of staying healthy and resisting pathogens.
So, if you're not in the habit of eating a variety of veggies, fruits, and lean sources of protein, now is the right time to start.
The Endocannabinoid System and Immune System
What a lot of people don't know that the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) acts as a regulator of the immune system. It plays a pivotal role in maintaining immunological health in the gut. The immune system in the gut actively tolerates the foreign antigens present in the gut through mechanisms that are only partially understood.
The endocannabinoid system modulates the maturation of immune cells in primary lymphatic tissues as well as their effector function like i.e., cytokine secretion. In a nutshell, there is a direct correlation between the ECS and our immune system, and it regulates several other body functions such as appetite, digestion, mood, etc.
How Hemp Interacts With The ECS?
Himalayan Hemp positively interacts with our body's natural cannabinoids, Anandamide. It also works well in preventing the loss of Anandamide, which is excellent news for people suffering from weak immunity. Hemp also positively influences the immune system of the body, and that may go a long way in fixing immuno-system disorders. There is, however, much research to be done on this issue.
It is of utmost importance to maintain proper hygiene and to stick to a healthy diet. Standard recommendations to prevent the spread of this virus include regular hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and thoroughly cooking eggs and meat and other meals. Try to maintain a safe distance with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illnesses such as coughing and sneezing.
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