What is Coronavirus/COVID 19?

Coronavirus/COVID 19 is the most recent pandemic which has shaken the world.  The virus has imposed great challenges to the health and well-being sector, meaning everyone is having to act and think fast. Read further for more information…

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses capable of causing infections ranging from minor and common colds to severe respiratory conditions.  It has been estimated that majority of people will catch the virus but only be madly affected except those who have underlying health conditions such as diabetes and heart problems, as well as the elderly. The elderly have been told to self isolate and avoid being exposed to the public where possible due to the risk imposed to them.

Current guidance recommends washing hands on a regular basis, wear facemarks when exposed in public and use hand sanitiser at all times to kill any bacteria. This is something the world will have to comply with until a vaccine is found. Currently, there is a while until we see the end of this pandemic therefore it is essential we all stay as hygienic as possible in order to protect ourselves and others from the virus.

Below are some measures which have proven to help prevent viruses..

  • Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient, antioxidant and contributes to immune defence. We know that vitamin C deficiency can result in an impaired immunity and higher susceptibility to infections. Vitamin C can be taken as supplements and eating food high in Vitamin C such as oranges, lemons, strawberries, kiwi and red peppers.
  • Zinc affects the immune system, it is required for normal development and function of the immune cells. Some studies have shown that Zinc may help in the common cold and upper respiratory tract infections, either by helping prevent it or by reducing the number of days taken to recover.
  • Vitamin D also has a role in immunity and deficiency can lead to an increased susceptibility to infections. Vitamin D is produced when your skin is exposed to the sun and therefore called the sunshine vitamin. However, in the UK we rarely produce enough due to lack of sunshine during the winter months and supplementation may be required.

Please Note: None of the above prevent coronavirus, the information has been provided to bring to your attention the use of certain vitamins and minerals as they can help boost the immune system but not necessarily protect it.

Additional information

Guidance on the current pandemic is constantly changing therefore it is vital we stay up to date by visiting the NHS guidance on the official site and advice on 111.

Please also note, SARS CoV-2 is a Notifiable Disease, meaning it is  a positive antigen test (current infection) therefore it should be should be reported to Public Health England

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