Dear Optimal Health & Skin patients,
Many patients are asking questions about the COVID-19 virus (Novel Coronavirus).
I have had a life-long interest in the area of virology and infectious disease. At one point during my medical school training, I had
planned to go into that specialty so I am familiar with the terminology and the virus types. I’ve been following several websites,
medical conference sites, and public health forms, and I will list my favorite links for you.
FACTS AS I UNDERSTAND THEM:
1. The actual virus is called SARS-CoV-2. The syndrome it causes is called COVID-19.
2. The South Korea data is the best data and reveals that 50% of the people who contract the virus will recover with only
mild symptoms, another 30% will feel badly with a fever, cough, and headache but will ultimately recover, which means that 80%
of people who develop the virus should recover fully.
3. However, this is not a minor thing. Within the additional 20%, 15% will get sick but should recover, which leaves
5% who will struggle with severe symptoms. While the ultimate mortality rate is probably going to be about 1 to 1.5%
rather than the 3-5% as some have feared, it is still about 10 TIMES more deadly than the regular flu, which has a
mortality of 0.1- 0.2%.
4. 50% of all the people who have been diagnosed in the world have already recovered. Kids seem to be immune.
There has not been a single death in anyone 12 years old or younger, almost zero deaths in healthy students in their 20’s,
and it is very rare for a healthy person in their 30’s not to recover. Most deaths are occurring in chronically ill patients who
are 65 or older who have chronic conditions and less immune reserve.
5. It takes an average of five days for people to start showing symptoms. According to the WHO, the symptom
breakdown is as follows: 88% of COVID-19 patients had a fever, 68% had a dry cough, 38% had fatigue, 33% coughed
up phlegm, 19% had shortness of breath, 15% had joint or muscle pain, 14% had a sore throat, 14% headache, 11% had
chills, 5% had nausea or vomiting, 5% had nasal congestion, 4% had diarrhea, less than 1% percent coughed up blood or
blood-stained mucus and less than 1% had watery eyes.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE HEALTHY BUT FEEL WORRIED.
1. Take supplements that support a healthy immune system: Zinc & Vitamin D3/K2. (see below)
2. Get plenty of high-quality sleep: 7-9 hours each night.
3. Engage in regular, physical activity.
4. Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
5. Reduce alcohol consumption, antibiotic use, and smoking.
6. Reduce stress by engaging in mindfulness, yoga, or meditation.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED BUT ARE NOT SICK.
1. Don’t panic. Immediately self-isolate and monitor symptoms.
2. There is no need to seek testing UNLESS you become clinically ill
3. Don’t expose yourself to others by rushing into a crowded doctor’s office
4. Work from home, protect your family
5. If you develop symptoms, call your physician for the next steps.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE POSSIBLE OR CONFIRMED COVID-19.
1. Stay home except to get medical care
2. Protect yourself, family and other people
3. Monitor symptoms carefully
4. Call ahead before you visit MD or facility
5. Potential Treatment: Hydroxychloroquine (or Plaquenil) (see below).
BEST LINKS FOR CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION:
1. Johns Hopkins CSSE Site – BEST real-time site. Used by almost everyone now
2. CDC Site – Best overall US Public Health Info on ALL Important Questions
3. MedCram #34 with Dr. Seheult – Best Overall Science and Education About the Virus – OUTSTANDING If you want to