Corona Virus: Thoughts on Respiratory Health and Immunity

Updated: Mar 13, 2020

Strengthening the Lungs and Immune System in the face of a global scare

Throughout the history of the world, humans have faced pandemics, diseases which affect whole countries or the entire world. Sheepishly I admit, I have not even heard of some of them, but it would be impossible to live in the modern world without hearing about the current corona virus, COVID-19 .

While it is not confirmed how COVID- 19 is spread, generally corona viruses are said to be spread through respiratory droplets. According to the world health organization common signs of any corona virus infection include "respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death". Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread of corona viruses in general "include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing." (- World Health Organization). These are called NPIs or Non-Pharmaceutical-Interventions.

This is a time (like all times) when I look to some of the information that I have learned from sources and societies with old medicine systems, like Ayurveda, full of other NPIs, who have dealt with many epidemics and pandemics over history. I look for preventative health and ways to protect the immune system and the particular tissues, and in this case, strengthening lungs.

As of March 10, 2020, the death toll for COVID-19 worldwide is 4,269 of which 3,136 have been in China. Keep track here.

Many of the cases have been mild. And so with the information that we have, the question becomes, what other measures can we take besides the NPIs mentioned above to protect ourselves, or in the unlucky case of contracting the disease, survive and thrive onward.

Strengthen the Immune System