COVID-19 Coronavirus Info from Dr. Linkner, Updated 3-9-2020
We do not know how to prevent or completely treat Covid19. Most deaths are in people over 70 or who have significant chronic illness.
As always, to increase your immune system is lifestyle and stress management. Wash your hands and don't touch your face. Stay away from crowds and stay home if sick is recommended.
I personally take the flu prevention program as per Castle Remedies. If there is a lot of flu going around I take the Del Immune daily.
Best to be Vitamin D sufficient ( 5000 IU daily for most) and extra vitamin C 2 or more grams daily.
Presently the only place in town to be tested for Covid19 is the Emergency Room. Urgent care and our office don't have the testing materials. We do NOT plan on having the test kits, as we don't have the necessary materials, and they are not available.
These are the present CDC recommendations. Go to the ER if you have the following:
- Does the person have fever or symptoms of lower respiratory infection, such as cough or shortness of breath?
- Has the patient traveled to mainland China or outbreak area within 14 days of symptom onset?
- Has the patient had close contact with a person confirmed with 2019-nCoV infection?
If a patient meets these criteria:
- To minimize the risk that other people will be exposed to individuals who may have 2019-nCoV, patients who report having these symptoms should be asked to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified and directed to a separate area, if possible, with at least 6 feet separation from other persons.
THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL HAS STATED THAT THE 2018-19 FLU VACCINE WAS ONLY 20% EFFECTIVE, AND LESS FOR THOSE OVER AGE 65
FLU SEASON RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. LINKNER:
To help prevent the flu- One CAPFUL (NOT whole container) once a week.
If exposed to the flu- One CAPFUL daily.
If you have the flu- One CAPFUL three times daily.
To boost the immune system: 1-2 capsules daily.
If you think you have the flu: 2 capsules 3 times a day.
If you think you are getting sick- 2 capsules 3 times a day; take for 3-5 days. Dr. Linkner prefers the EHB product.
AVAILABLE AT CASTLE REMEDIES
How to make your own hand sanitizer
Combine in a bowl:
⅔-cup rubbing alcohol (99% isopropyl alcohol)
⅓-cup aloe vera gel.
Stir. Decant into a clean soap or pump bottle.
Homeopathy & the Coronavirus – from Dana Ullman
The world is in “freak-out mode” due to the new Coronavirus, but homeopaths are not nearly as concerned about it…and for good reasons. Homeopathic treatment has had a long history of success in treating people suffering from various viral infections. Oscillococcinum is helpful for the common flu virus and four controlled clinical studies have confirmed its efficacy. The many successes from the homeopathic treatment of the 1918 flu epidemic provides additional support for the efficacy of homeopathic medicines. Personal experiences with Influenzinum has found safe results in defending against and preventing the flu.
The worst problems occur when people get a viral infection and then use fever-reducing drugs, such as aspirin or acetaminophen. Because fever is an important defense of the body, suppressing fever can be dangerous.
Please realize that the media is creating an atmosphere of FEAR! Sadly and strangely, they are not reporting on these facts:
-- No deaths occurred in children aged 9 years and younger, but cases in those aged 70 to 79 years had an 8% fatality rate and those aged 80 years and older had a fatality rate of 14.8%..
-- The vast majority of people who died from this virus had a pre-existing condition, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respoiratory disease, or cancer.
-- There is a higher incidence of death in MEN in China, seemingly due to the fact that so many more men smoke tobacco than do women.
Hearing reports from China, homeopaths there report that the symptoms of people who get the Coronavirus point towards Gelsemium (first choice) and Bryonia or Eupatorium perf (as second choices). One other potentially very important remedy is SQUILLA MAR. (if you do research on it, you'll be intrigued by how well it fits the known symptoms) It is best to individualize treatment.
Please also remember that the highest death rates from this virus come from China where a large percentage of the people there smoke a lot of tobacco...plus many of their cities are highly polluted. These stresses to the respiratory tract are not as serious in many other countries.
Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH. Homeopathic Educational Service
Dr. Oz provided this Coronavirus survival guide:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for twenty seconds and use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Disinfect surfaces by using disinfectant sprays instead of wipes, which can spread germs from one surface to another. It is advised to let the surface remain wet for three minutes prior to drying.
- Get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
- Exercise regularly, aiming for 30 minutes every other day.
- Improve your air quality by using a humidifier because viruses dislike humid air.
- When you are on an airplane, sit next to the window: “It’s better for you because that germ zone is that little limited area,” which includes the row before and after you, he noted. “The air that comes in from outside is actually pretty clean."
- Meditate because that can support your immune system.
- He discouraged handshakes, saying handshaking transfers 10 times more germs than fist-bumping, but also discouraged fist-bumping. “A fist bump passes one-tenth the germs as a firm handshake,” Dr. Oz said on Monday. He also encouraged people to “embrace the power of a good head nod.”
- Eliminate face touching.
- It is encouraged to have a two-week supply of essential items, including freezer-friendly food items and non-perishable foods, medications and household supplies, including toilet paper, soap and detergent.
- Eat foods and take vitamins that support the immune system. Eating leafy greens and fruits high in vitamins like citruses, blackberries, and kiwi provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals.
- Get the flu shot to avoid confusing seasonal flu with COVID-19.
- If you are sick, take 80 milligrams of zinc daily, 250 milligrams of vitamin C twice daily, 250 milligrams of beta-glucan daily and take elderberry syrup or lozenges four times a day for five days
Covid 19 from an Infectious disease doc in California 3-9-20
Martha L. Blum, MD, PhD
- The most common presentation was one week prodrome of myaglias, malaise, cough, low grade fevers gradually leading to more severe trouble breathing in the second week of illness. It is an average of 8 days to development of dyspnea and average 9 days to onset of pneumonia/pneumonitis. It is not like Influenza, which has a classically sudden onset. Fever was not very prominent in several cases
- Co-infection rate with other respiratory viruses like Influenza or RSV is <=2%. Interpret that to mean if you have a positive test for another respiratory virus, then you do not test for COVID-19. This is based on large dataset from China.
- So far, there have been very few concurrent or subsequent bacterial infections, unlike Influenza where secondary bacterial infections are common and a large source of additional morbidity and mortality.
- Patients with underlying cardiopulmonary disease seem to progress with variable rates to acute respiratory failure requiring BiPAP then intubation. There may be a component of cardiomyopathy from direct viral infection as well.
- To date, patients with severe disease are most all (excepting those whose families didn’t sign consent) getting Remdesivir from Gilead through compassionate use. This is a medical study, and not proven to be effective.
- The test for Covid19 is 24-48 hour turn-around-time. 2 nasal swabs and 1 throat swab are used.
- Symptom onset is between 2-9 days post-exposure with median of 5 days. This is from a very large Chinese cohort.
- Patients can shed RNA from 1-4 weeks after symptom resolution, but it is unknown if the presence of RNA equals presence of infectious virus. For now, COVID-19 patients are “cleared” of isolation once they have 2 consecutive negative RNA tests collected >24 hours apart.
- Feel free to share. Adapted from her article. Martha L. Blum, MD, PhD