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The Latest Corona Virus, But Not the Last

by Dr. Karen Clickner


Someone the other day said to me that Coronavirus was an illness from drinking beer with a lime. Right… We are so overwhelmed by sensationalism in our news stories that we don’t really have all the facts which doesn’t seem to stop us from making decisions and stating facts when we have none. The only effective way to prevent the Coronavirus is to treat it like any other virus.

Coronavirus (now named CoVid-19)is a new viral strain that originated in a seafood market in Wuhan, China, thought to be due to the illegal selling of wildlife and exotic animals. This virus is similar to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2003 and the MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2005 and 2015. Both of these Coronavirus illnesses continue to circulate the globe today but have both only totaled less then 8,000 cases worldwide since they were first identified.

The biggest difference between these and CoVid-19 is that this virus is spreading so fast with more than 65,000 cases worldwide at this moment and more than 1,380 deaths, almost all of which are in China. These viruses do not show symptoms for up to 14 days after exposure, which means that someone can walk around in their normal life without even knowing they are sick and all the while pass it on to other unsuspecting people. The symptoms are similar to the flu with a fever and a cough, but it isn’t until a week or two later that more severe symptoms begin such as shortness of breath and respiratory distress. Deaths have occurred much like most viruses, among the elderly, infants and people with pre-existing immune conditions. It is very easy for pneumonia to set in due to the poor respiration and the viral presence which just complicates things.

But the important thing to realize is that finding a “vaccine” or a “treatment” for CoVid-19 will not solve our problem. This is just the latest in a spreading phenomenon known as “zoonosis” which is an illness that spreads from animals to humans and this will not be the last zoonotic illness. Zoonosis is not a casual transmission as the animal runs past you, this is contact with their saliva, blood, flesh, feces or an intensive airborne environment. The fact that this virus originated in a seafood market illegally selling wild animals is not surprising. Many cultures value certain animals for their bodily contribution to perfume, herbal remedies or the dinner table. Many dealers in these animals are underground, illegal or simply tolerated. Because of this status, the animals are generally kept in severely unhygienic conditions with cages stacked on top of eachother and animals defecating on other animals or taking a chunk out of their neighbor. Because these animals will be butchered, the consumers of these animals don’t care about their living conditions, believing that simply washing the meat before eating will be enough. It isn’t.

The scary thing about CoVid-19 is that it is a virus that not only is zoonotic but also easily adaptable from animal species to animal species and therefore from animal to human. Once it infects humans, then it is just another step to mutate and transmit from human to human and even mother to unborn child. Because Coronaviruses reproduce rapidly they have a high likelihood of mutation with each reproductive cycle. This makes them very adaptable to their human hosts because each time they replicate a mutation will make some of the virus survive in the host while also adapting the ability to evade the immune system. The immune system is the best way of preventing the virus from spreading because it will focus on every adaptation of a virus. Of the 1415 species of infectious organisms that are common to humans, 61% are zoonotic. Most of the emerging diseases that we are facing are, in fact, zoonotic. Viruses and protozoa are the most likely to be the next group of pandemics, as each new strain that begins will quickly spread in ever-increasing waves.

Learn more about immune system options at www.theherbaladvisor.com  . It’s your best defense.


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