Even if you are not in the high risk categories, the thought of getting infected with corona virus is unsettling. As time goes on, more information is available on what variables can improve a person's management and recovery of the disease. Not only do we have accounts from the health care workers, but also the 'pre-prints' - - articles that are submitted before review -- discussing the science behind treatment of the virus. Although there still is not a cure or medicine to guarantee getting better, there are some key therapies you can apply to your daily regime that can improve your odds of recovery!
I have picked the ones that have no side effects but do have definite mechanisms to help beat the virus - here's what you can do if you have symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test:
Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. There are many reports of people arriving at the hospital dehydrated due high fever, coughing, and/or a faster breathing rate. Drinking enough water may be enough to keep your symptoms from getting so bad that you need to go to the hospital.
To keep your fever down
To fill the blood vessels by increasing blood volume to carry oxygen and virus-fighting substances around the body easily
To maintain your blood pressure so your heart doesn’t have to work too hard.
To keep the kidneys working to regulate the nutrients that help your body fight the infection.
Rest. Whether you feel fatigued or not, rest as much as possible. Your body needs to use it's energy to fight the infection.
Eat easily digestible, nutritious foods. This virus has a long period of infection days and it may get harder to eat if it is harder for you to breathe and of course if you have digestive symptoms. The body will potentially need 7-21 days of nutrients available to fight the virus. If chewing and eating seem like too much work, try blended foods in soup, or vegetable smoothies; whatever it takes to get the nutrients in! This is not the time for sugary food or junk food. Eat food with the highest nutrient count. (an idea for this is at the bottom of my first post)
Get Vitamin D3 whether with sun, food, or supplementation. The darker your skin is, the longer the sun exposure needed, but do not burn. Foods that contain vitamin D3 include fatty fish, beef liver, and egg yolks. To make sure your body absorbs the vitamin D3, eat 2-4 cups of dark green leafy vegetables a day or supplement to get magnesium which helps the body use Vitamin D3 effectively.
Get certain micronutrients. A 2019 review on PubMed stated, ‘Viral infection simultaneously increases the demand for micronutrients and causes their loss, which leads to a deficiency that can be compensated by micronutrient supplementation’. Some nutrients studied since the first SARS outbreak in 2002 have been effective to fight the SARS coronavirus. The SARS corona virus and the COVID-19 corona virus share many similarities, so the same treatments are effective. Here are a list of supplements that may help your body fight off infection:
Zinc, which helps prevent the virus from copying itself, has been studied and is effective against corona viruses. Zinc is plentiful in meat, shellfish, nuts, and legumes. If you feel you may benefit from taking zinc while ill, two weeks should be all that is necessary to supplement as zinc will be replenished in a normal diet.
Quercetin is an antioxidant that transports zinc into the immune cells. It may have a similar effect to hydroxychloroquine* but quercetin has no side effects. In a 2020 article, The International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents said, ‘…quercetin may have anti-coronavirus effects…’ and there is currently a trial for quercetin as a COVID-19 treatment that finishes July 31, 2020. Quercetin is found in many greens: watercress, coriander, radicchio; other vegetables like asparagus and onions; and also in berries and fruits. Supplementing can be beneficial during viral illness. *Hydroxycholroquine is the anti-malaria drug that has been in the media a lot. It is being tested now for COVID-19 and has shown, in case studies, that it may decrease the severity of the illness but does have some concerning side effects.
Selenium is a mineral that has a vital function in fighting viral infections, and specifically coronavirus. 40-50 years ago, it was abundant in meat and dairy products but levels now have declined due to soil depletion. Brazil nuts are unusually high in selenium, so eating 3-4 Brazil nuts daily is a natural way to supplement.
There are others which may aide the immune response; I have linked to the studies in the Further Reading section below, but most of them can be acquired by eating a diet dense in nutrients.
Practice the breathing exercises as shown by this doctor in a video from Queen Hospital in London or this doctor in this video from the USA to ensure you are getting air into the bases of your lungs and to practice using your lungs to their full capacity.
Position yourself in the prone position if you feel short of breath. The scientific data has shown this increases the oxygenation of the lungs. Even in the hospital they are placing the people on breathing machines in this position.