More than half a year of COVID… now what?

COVID

We’re approaching the seven month mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. Can you believe it?

It’s hard to imagine we’ve been trapped in this COVID holding pattern for over half the year. And unfortunately, it’s still going strong… for every step forward we take, we seem to take two steps back.

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy says that it’s likely the virus will continue well into 2021.

Even though some things are starting to return to (some semblance of) normal, it appears students in brick and mortar schools, the reopening of offices and a return to indoor dining and in-person sporting events plus plain old cold weather could lead to a more aggressive resurgence going into the fall and winter…

Believe me, I’m as excited as the next person to get back to normal, but I have some serious concerns about doing it willy-nilly.

I think it’s important for people to know how long someone with COVID-19 is contagious.

With the flu, people are contagious one day before they start feeling sick until five to seven days after their symptoms appear. But once their symptoms resolve, they don’t have to worry about spreading the virus to anyone else. Unfortunately, things aren’t so cut and dry with COVID-19.

In fact, at an appointment I had earlier this week, I learned that one of my favorite nurses at my doctor’s office tested positive for COVID antibodies. She told me she had no idea when she’d been sick, but thinks it could have been back in January. She described a “more difficult than usual” allergy season that seemed different from previous years… but that’s it… no other symptoms. Thankfully nobody in her family (to her knowledge) contracted the virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you think or know you had COVID-19 and were symptomatic, it’s safe to be around others:

  • 10 days after the first symptoms appeared and
  • 24 hours after no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

The loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​. Take it from me, my sense of taste and smell have been messed up since April!

I also think it’s important to note, as the CDC does, that this advice may change as more is learned about this “new” virus.

Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

Note that these recommendations do not apply to persons with severe COVID-19 or with severely weakened immune systems. People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. People who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others.

This may sound extreme, but a way to get this pandemic under control and return to normal life is by doing things that feel excessive.

Support your body’s natural immune response

If you have this virus but aren’t showing symptoms, you can still give it to anyone around you… including the most vulnerable among us.

Now is not the time to let your guard down. It’s important to understand that your immune system is like two sides of a coin.

Inflammation is your body’s natural reaction to infection and tissue damage. It protects you from foreign organisms such as viruses and bacteria. But on the other side — when left unchecked — it can attack your body. 

In my years of research, I’ve come across certain modulators that can help balance and improve the immune system’s inflammatory responses…

  • Black Cumin Seed Oil —This cold-pressed and hexane-free oil has been used for centuries and contains over 100 powerful components. It’s two most potent active ingredients are thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone — immune system modulators.
  • Turmeric Extract This Indian herb (with a 4,000-year-old history of use!) helps modulate the Nuclear Factor-kappaB (NF-kb) switch. NF-kb is the master regulator that signals and turns your body’s inflammatory response on and off. Scientists have discovered the older you get the switch starts to go haywire — so support is important!
  • Vitamin D3 Researchers have discovered when you boost your levels of Vitamin D3, inflammation is soothed and discomfort is better managed. Vitamin D3 deficiency is also linked to poor immunity.
  • Ginger Extract — The role the health of your gut plays on your overall health is becoming more commonly known. Gut inflammation can lead to everything from brain fog and immune problems to joint discomfort and muscle aches. This is attributed to “leaky gut” and leaky gut can trigger inflammation and other overactive immune responses

Not only do these natural helpers support a healthy inflammatory response for a balanced immune system, but they also help relieve pain that stems from inflammation. So, it makes perfect sense to me to include them in my daily health routine.

Your immune system may not be something you’ve thought much about in the past… but in 2020, you can’t take any chances!