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COVID-19


The virus doesn't care about race and the pandemic has no borders. Everyone has an equal opportunity to get COVID-19, which is highly contagious, especially in the first week after infection. COVID-19 has the characteristics of both SARS and AIDS. It could damage the lung as SARS and cause the lymphocytopenia (CD4 depletion) as AIDS. Severe cases involve multiple organs and systems damaged such as lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, blood, nerve and immune system at the same time. The general mortality of COVID-19 is about 2%. It is most important to fully protect yourself and stay healthy to slow down the surge of the pandemic and save medical resources for others. So how do you deal with this tough situation?


Healthyping’s suggestions as followings:


Prevention


General care

Stay at home as much as you can. While shopping you need to wear a mask and gloves. In a public area, you should keep a social distance of 6 feet or more to others. Before touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth, you must wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Use a sinus rinse daily. Gargle your throat with salt water twice a day. Stay positive, get enough sleep, eat healthily, drink water often, do exercise and avoid hot chili foods which easily trigger throat inflammation to let the virus breaks in easily.


Supplements

Take vitamin B2 100 mg/day, vitamin C 500 mg/day, vitamin D3 1000 IU/day, vitamin E 100-400 IU/day and zinc 20 mg/day; Take probiotics or eat homemade fresh yogurt every day. These supplements have antioxidants and reduce free radicals and enhances the immune function.


Foods and Herbs

Daily drinks: 1) Fresh lemonade with Ginger. 2) Herbal tea with Huang Qi, Jujube (Chinese dates), Goji berry as a daily drink. The two drinks daily will keep you healthy.


Treatment for early or mild cases


Ginger, Onion, Garlic

If you feel under the weather or have a mild cold, you should start to drink Ginger, Onion, Garlic water right away. Take a thumb size of ginger, a quarter of an onion, five cloves of garlic, a half lemon peel and one cup of mint leaf, cut them into small pieces, add 4 cups of water and boil them. After the water is boiling and brewing for 2-3 minutes, wait until it cools to drink. You can repeatedly boil, brew and drink until the water has no more taste. This spicy water warms up your immune system and cleans toxins off your body and kills germs.


Chinese Herbs

If you have a slight fever, sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches, cough, or chest congestion, you could take Chinese herbal drink with Ginger, Chai Hu, Huang Qin, Yin Hua, Lian Qiao, Ban Lan Gen, Yu Xing Cao, Chen Pi, Gan Cao. If the taste of the herbal drink is strong to take, you might use the Chinese patent medicine: “Lian Hua Qing Wen Jiao Nang” or “Jin Hua Qing Gan Ke Li”. Both medicines treated SARS very effectively in China in 2003, you could take either one.

Over the counter medicines

If you have thick phlegm in your lungs, you could use over the counter expectorant Guaifenesin called Chest Mucus Relief. It relieves chest congestion, thins and loosens mucus, and makes coughs more productive. Do not use anti-cough medicine which may cause more problems.


If you need to take antipyretics for high fever, only use Tylenol. Do not use Ibuprofen.

Need to see a doctor

If you have short breaths or difficulty breathing, you need to seek medical help ASAP.

For detail information about Chinese herbs please call Dr.Lu at 661-513-9265, Bamboo Acupuncture/ Ping’s Acupuncture.

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