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Coronavirus, Cold, Flu, Strep or Allergy?

From eNewsletter 4/6/2020

DID YOU KNOW that being in isolation without access to gyms and sports clubs should not mean you should stop exercising, according to a new study from Exercise Immunology Review?

Keeping up regular, daily exercise at a time when much of the world is in isolation will play an important role in helping to maintain a healthy immune system. Do not fear that your immune system will be suppressed by exercise, provided that you are not going to extremes. If you need some ideas, try exercise snacks. How about learning Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or Yoga, which cover both exercise and mindfulness!


If you have cabin fever, or you feel like lashing out at a family member that you've seen more in the last few weeks than in the last few years, please know that you are a hero. By simply practicing sheltering at home and social distancing, you are helping to save lives by reducing the possibility of spreading COVID-19.

The fact that billions around the world are doing the same, for the greater good, shows that humanity can come together no matter our differences. This should put a smile on your face.

We are still open, have no plans on closing, and will continue to serve your wellness needs through this public health issue. All we ask is that you continue to be vigilant utilizing the wellness knowledge we gave you to stay as healthy as possible. Please tell your loved ones because one thing that is not being discussed enough by the media and our leadership is the ownership we must take for our own health, and that starts with food and nutrients.


Like most of you are doing already, please call ahead to pre-pay or use the office pickup option when ordering from our website. Then, whichever day you'd like to pick it up, we are placing orders outside the door in a bag with your name on it. We'd love to see you, but it is better that we social distance at this time.

Of course, we can ship to you as well.


Now it is of the utmost importance to stick with trusted dietary supplement brands because the FDA and USDA are relaxing their inspection visits, due to putting more resources towards COVID-19. Sticking with the brands who test, test, and retest for safety and quality is crucial at this juncture.


If you missed this, please familiarize yourself with the information at this link.


Bonnie and Steve: More tips for how to stay well during the coronavirus pandemic.

Humidify Your Domicile and Workplace

Respiratory illnesses have always been more prevalent during the winter months before largely fading away as temperatures increase. Many are hopeful that COVID-19 will follow a similar pattern. A new study in Annual Review of Virology finds that the environment indoors may be just as important as temperatures outside to slow down the coronavirus pandemic. SARS-CoV2, or the virus that causes COVID-19, is definitely more infectious during the winter, according to the study's authors. As temperatures and humidity rise in the spring it should be harder for the coronavirus to transmit itself through airborne particles in both outdoor and indoor locations. That being said, changes in relative humidity indoors during warmer months should also cut back the risk of transmission. "Relative humidity" refers to the difference between outdoor humidity and temperatures and indoor conditions. This is an issue that has not been discussed readily in the media or by public health experts. When cold, dry winter air is heated indoors, that air's relative humidity drops by roughly 20%. That even drier than before air is perfect path for airborne viral particles. Dry air is also known to diminish the ability of our cells to expel viral particles. Not to mention the fact that our immune systems aren't as effective in drier environments. This is why we have always recommended using humidifiers during the winter, whether at home or in the workplace. In the spring and summer coronavirus will have a much harder time spreading through the air, but everyone should still be extra vigilant about cleaning surface areas in their home and workplace. Viral fluctuations depending on humidity levels only apply to airborne transmission. The coronavirus is still going to be quite contagious all year long through people standing close to each other or touching infected surfaces. Will SARS-CoV-2 Virus Affect the Water Supply? Drinking water treatment systems have numerous treatment barriers to remove the most prevalent viruses and the most difficult-to-remove viruses, according to a new study in Environmental Science & Technology. Research on viruses similar to the SARS-CoV-2 virus suggests they are susceptible to these treatments, so there is no danger to our water supply. Coronavirus, Cold, Allergies, Strep or Flu? You have probably seen this somewhere already, but in case you haven't... Allergies Runny nose Sneezing Red, swollen eyes Itchy eyes Itchy nose Tickle in the throat Rarely a fever Cold Runny nose Sneezing Sore throat Aches and pains Mild dry cough Rarely a fever Strep Sore throat Painful swallowing Fever Flu Fever is common Dry cough Quick onset Headache Sore throat Fatigue Sometimes a runny nose Sometimes diarrhea Coronavirus - COVID-19 Shortness of breath Fever (above 100 degrees) Dry cough Gradual onset (two to 14 days after onset) Sometimes headache Sometimes aches and pains Mild sneezing Sometimes fatigue, but it's not predominate like the flu Diarrhea is rare Warning Regarding Those With Hypertension The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued new guidance for patients with hypertension during the COVID-19 outbreak. The AHA guidance, titled "What people with high blood pressure need to know about COVID-19," notes that individuals with raised blood pressure may face an increased risk for severe complications if they are infected with the virus. Data from the outbreak in Wuhan, China, shows a 10.5% death rate among people with COVID-19 who also have cardiovascular disease, 7.3% for those with diabetes, 6.3% for those with respiratory disease, 6% for those with high blood pressure, and 5.6% for those with cancer. The advisory reiterates previous recommendations that patients should not stop taking prescribed angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) for hypertension, heart failure, or heart disease. You should speak with your doctor first before stopping any medication. Why the Apparent Success of Antimalaria Drug Chloroquine? You've heard the hoopla about the drug chloroquine. The FDA has allowed it to be used off-label for COVID-19. Some studies are starting to trickle out about it, for and against. However, there is chemical reasoning for its apparent success. In short, chloroquine is a zinc iophore. This means that the drug helps bring more zinc into the cell to kill pathogens. We know that zinc is a potent agent for killing all kinds of pathogenic bacteria, including viruses. Here is a study that explains the process well. This is why taking preventive supplemental zinc is essential right now. The side effects of chloroquine are horrendous, so you want to try to avoid taking it. Americans Emphasizing Health and Wellness It seems as though many Americans are getting the message that they need to keep themselves as healthy as possible through the pandemic. A BCG COVID-19 Consumer Sentiment Survey for Expenses for the Next 6 Months posted winners and losers when asked the following question: "How do you expect your spending to change over the next six months?" Winners Fresh and organic foods (+24%) Preventive health care (+23%) Vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements (+15%) Losers Leisure travel (-26%) Tobacco (-33%) Gambling (-26%)


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